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How to put drop caps in a Draw text box?

asked 2018-02-13 03:46:16 +0200

tamarinera gravatar image

updated 2021-05-30 01:57:32 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I see that Writer has a drop caps function within the Format-Paragraph menu, but I'd like to create a drop caps within a text box in Draw.

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Unfortunately the drop caps function does not work in text frames in Writer as well as in Draw text boxes. What you can do is to copy a Writer text (including drop caps) and Paste Special in Draw as LibreOffice Text. But that proceeding can cause some problems in defining (text object) margins...

Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2018-02-13 10:14:00 +0200 )edit

Quoting @Grantler: "...the drop caps function does not work in text frames in Writer..."
This is not correct. The text within a TextFrame supports the full paragraph model of Writer. You may have mixed up the terms (and object types) TextFrame and TextBox.
However, you cannot insert a TextFrame into a drawing directly. The attempt may end up with an OLE'd Writer model again.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2019-01-24 12:39:43 +0200 )edit

@Lupp - You are right for sure. In Writer a frame (called "TextBox" > frame style) can be added to a rectangle, e.g. - Inserting the text-filled rectangle into Draw the included frame style text box and the text ... disappear. Using paste special (writer object) there only appears a white paper (page) without any text.


So ... "I'd like to create a drop caps within a text box in Draw" ( @tamarinera ) is not available at the moment. - Right?


@Lupp Thanks for correcting my answer.



Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2019-01-24 18:03:23 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-01-24 12:33:51 +0200

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There are no drop caps in Draw. The paragraph model of Draw is much less sophisticated than that of Writer. The only way to get full grown paragraoph formatting into a Draw document I can imagine is to insert a Writer object with OLE.

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