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LibreOffice Writer - Cannot enter more than 10 cm in spacing above paragraph

asked 2018-01-17 17:06:34 +0100

jv gravatar image

updated 2018-01-17 18:13:04 +0100

I cannot enter any value greater than 10.00 cm in spacing above paragraph (Format > Paragraph - Indents & Spacing tab). Is this a intended behaviour in LibreOffice Writer or is it just a bug? If it is the proper behaviour, I must say that it is very very weird. I cannot find any good reason for this limit.

I am using:

  • LibreOffice 5.4.4.2 Build 2524958677847fb3bb44820e40380acbe820f960
  • MacOS 10.12.6

Thanks a lot.

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answered 2018-01-17 18:38:25 +0100

Well, it is an explicitly set limit. However, it doesn't need to be set in stone; you are welcome to file an RFE.

Btw, personally I suspect that if such a huge spacing is needed, then possibly there's a better way of doing this. But still I'm not a fan of artificial limits.

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There are other ways of achieving a similar result —such as placing a title 15 cm from upper margin.

I am not sure those other ways are better than above spacing.

You can insert blank lines (but you cannot create a style with X blank lines before the text and cannot control the exact position of the title).

You can use a floating frame (but a frame is not part of the flow of the text and this can be an inconvenience in some cases).

Thanks. I just want to confirm that this limit really exists

jv gravatar imagejv ( 2018-01-18 00:34:14 +0100 )edit

To add to the possibilities list:

  1. Frame could be anchored as character.
  2. Or a single-cell table without borders could be used
  3. But I'd simply use a dedicated page style with properly set margins, so that text area was as I need...
Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-01-18 06:05:24 +0100 )edit
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