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asked 2017-06-22 05:31:02 +0200

Stephen gravatar image

updated 2017-06-22 06:52:57 +0200

Have put a border around a paragraph. But when bullets are inserted in the paragraph, the bullets break up the border so that there are a number of borders. I can't upload a file because I don't have a enough points.

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Hi - I upvote your question to give you points.

How did you define the border (which context, tool)?


pierre-yves samyn gravatar imagepierre-yves samyn ( 2017-06-22 07:53:54 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-06-29 10:52:19 +0200

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As soon as you attach to a paragraph a numbering/bullet it became "different" and that's why the border breaks even if you select to keep the same border to paragraphs from the same style: they are not the same any more. There is no way around this just using paragraph formatting.

But there is an easy alternative: you can insert the text on a 1x1 table. Just be sure the table is enabled to break on page borders (that's the default option for new tables, but looking at the table properties is always a good idea ;) ).

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Ah, good one. Thanks.

Stephen gravatar imageStephen ( 2017-07-01 05:44:00 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-06-29 11:25:28 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


It seemed to me that this question was tagged "Impress" hence my question on how you proceeded.

Since it is Writer simply apply a List style: do not use the formatting bar tool, that redefines the paragraph.

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Thanks and apologies for incorrectly tagging it 'Impress'

Stephen gravatar imageStephen ( 2017-07-01 05:43:17 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-06-29 09:46:12 +0200

Stephen gravatar image

C:\fakepath\Libre_test.odt Thanks. Have a look at this. Should be self-explanatory

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I defined the border using >paragraph>border.

Stephen gravatar imageStephen ( 2017-06-29 09:47:12 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-11-16 05:43:11 +0200

KH gravatar image

The problem is that LO won't merge borders for paragraphs with different indentation. Direct formatting is not the problem, nor are the bullets themselves.

There are a variety of solutions. If you really want to use paragraph borders, you must make the indentation of the bullets the same as that of the plain paragraph text. This can be accomplished using:

1) Direct formatting: de-indent the bullets using shift-tab, the ruler, or the list formatting dialog

2) Use a list style with no indenation for the bullets, as in @pierre-yves samyn's answer

3) Use paragraph styles, as in @ajlittoz's answer to a duplicate question

Alternatively, you can create the borders some other way, using:

4) A single cell table, as in @RGB-es's answer

5) A text frame, as in my answer on the duplicate question

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The most typographic correct solution would be 3) using styles,with 2) as an unwanted alternative you want the bullets to be in line with the main text or a bit indented.

All other solutions will break the flow of your text with coding that is not related to the content as it is not table and it is no box text.

Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2017-11-16 11:12:22 +0200 )edit

I agree that styles are best when possible. But there are situations where one of the alternatives is preferable, so I'm trying not to be dogmatic.

KH gravatar imageKH ( 2017-11-17 08:25:28 +0200 )edit
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