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Capturing Title in Writer Document Saved Filename.

asked 2017-09-04 17:20:45 +0200

Lady Fitzgerald gravatar image

Word will automatically use the first line of text in a document, generally the title, up to the first punctuation, such as a period or apostrophe, or carriage return as the suggested title of the documents filename when saving a document for the first time. Is it possible to do that in Writer?

I'm currently copying the title of a new document before clicking on Save for the first time, then pasting it into the filename box. It works just fine but it's a bit annoying to have to do it every time I save a new document for the first time (yes, I'm lazy and spoiled by Word).

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answered 2018-01-22 01:40:14 +0200

librebel gravatar image

updated 2018-01-25 08:39:38 +0200

Hello @Lady Fitzgerald,

My apologies for the longer delay, i hope this matter is still of interest to you…

Here goes:

The method Writer_Save_New() is the one to be connected to a Keyboard Shortcut, a Button Command, and/or a Menu item Command, so that it can be invoked whenever you want to save a new Writer document. If it is a New document, then the above procedure is performed; if it is not a New document, then the normal save procedure is performed.

A note about the dialog:

The “Save Dialog” implementation presented below in the function FileSaveDialog_Simple() has fewer features than the dialog that pops up when you choose “Save As...” in LibreOffice. For example it lacks the features of setting a Password, saving the current Selection Only, Editing Filter Options, etc.

However for the purpose of this question, it will suffice.

Steps to perform:

EDIT 1 ( 2018-01-25 )

  • updated the method Writer_SaveNew()

  • added stepwise instructions A) and B)

A) How to Copy-paste a Basic macro into your [My Macros & Dialogs].Standard Basic Library:

  1. Select all text in the code section below, and copy it to the Clipboard by pressing CTRL+C;
  2. In Writer, select the menu Tools : Macros : Edit Macros;
  3. In the Macro IDE Window that appears, in the “Object Catalog” on the left, doubleclick on the item called My Macros & Dialogs so that it expands;
  4. In the expanded section under “My Macros & Dialogs”, doubleclick on the item called Standard so that it expands;
  5. In the expanded section under “Standard”, doubleclick on any item so that it expands ( for example on the item called Module1 ); At the right side of the Macro IDE Window there should now appear all the text contents of the selected Module;
  6. Scroll down to the end of the Module, insert a few empty lines at the end by pressing the ENTER key, then paste all the copied text from the Clipboard by pressing CTRL+V.
  7. Save the Module by pressing CTRL+S.

B) How to Connect a macro to a Keyboard Shortcut:

  1. In Writer, select the menu Tools : Customize...;
  2. In the dialog that appears, select the tab Keyboard;
  3. In the “Shortcut Keys” listbox, scroll down to the Shortcut Key that you would like to use ( in this case i would recommend Shift+Ctrl+Alt+S ), and select it;
  4. In the “Category” listbox, scroll down to the item called LibreOffice Macros, and doubleclick on it so that it expands;
  5. In the expanded section under “LibreOffice Macros”, doubleclick on the item called My Macros so that it expands;
  6. In the expanded section under “My Macros”, doubleclick on the item called Standard so that it expands;
  7. In the expanded section under “Standard”, doubleclick on the Module that contains the methods added in step A), e.g. Module1;
  8. In the “Function” listbox, scroll down to the item called Writer_SaveNew(), and select it;
  9. Click the Modify button;
  10. Click the OK button.


Sub Writer_SaveNew()
REM See:
REM ...
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I'm sorry but I still have no idea what is being talked about. Where and what is this Standard Basic Library? Step #2 was gibberish to me.

I need simple, detailed, step by step instructions. Don't assume I know anything.

Lady Fitzgerald gravatar imageLady Fitzgerald ( 2018-01-23 17:06:19 +0200 )edit

Though the questions “How to copy-paste a macro into my Basic Macro Library?” and “How to connect a Shortcut Key to a macro?” might already have been answered in a better way elsewhere on the AskLibreOffice forum, i have included a stepwise instruction for both these tasks in my Original Answer ( under EDIT 1 ).

librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2018-01-25 08:41:17 +0200 )edit

Hi, librebel. I get an error when I use you macro. It says: "BASIC runtime error. Sub-procedure or function procedure not defined," then the code "strDefaultName = Writer_getSentence( 1, oDoc )" is highlighted. Did I do something wrong?

Also would it be possible, using your macro, to get the title from an input field?

Thank you.

Ibelin123 gravatar imageIbelin123 ( 2019-01-13 04:24:34 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-09-04 17:35:56 +0200

Lupp gravatar image

updated 2017-09-04 17:42:17 +0200
This should be at least a starting point for you. You may search for your interpunktion instead of taking a whole line of text. (The original code may also wrongly take an empty line if terminated with a hard line break while the paragraph continues.)

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Thanks but, when I read that, my eyes glazed over, then crossed, and my toes curled. That was as solidly over my head as my roof.

Lady Fitzgerald gravatar imageLady Fitzgerald ( 2017-09-04 22:03:29 +0200 )edit

Hello @Lady Fitzgerald,

i think a better solution would be a macro that actually invokes the FilePicker dialog with your custom string as the Default File Name.

i'll be working on such a macro in the coming time, please hold on.

You could then connect this macro to a newly created custom Menu item called "Save New ...", and attach a suitable keyboard shortcut such as CTRL+SHIFT+S to it.

librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2017-09-13 05:32:38 +0200 )edit
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