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Is it possible to wrap text around an object, in LibreOffice Draw?

asked 2018-05-17 01:29:29 +0200

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Hi, I"m wondering if it's possible to create a text box and to have the text in that box wrap around an object, as pictured below. If so, how do I do it?

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Why do you need that in Draw? It is available in Writer.

Regina gravatar imageRegina ( 2018-05-17 01:42:16 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-05-17 10:38:09 +0200

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In Draw the text always belongs to the shape and is totally independent from other shapes. Therefore it is not possible in the way you know from Writer.

You can fake it by using a shape, that has a contour, that looks as if the other shape displaces the text. To create such shape first draw a rectangle for the area, where you want the text. Then copy the object, e.g. the circle in your drawing, that should displace the text. You need to make a copy, because it will be deleted in the next step. Make sure, that the circle is in front of the rectangle. Mark circle and rectangle together and use right-click > Shapes > Subtract. Then menu Format > Text.... That dialog should have the option "Adjust to contour". Choose it. OK. Now you can press F2 to switch to edit mode and enter the text.

Some background: Draw has different kind of shapes. Only Bézier-curves and polygons have the property "Adjust to contour". You can generate such shapes manually by the tools of the "Curve" sub-toolbar of the Drawing toolbar. Later on you can edit the contour in Points mode (toggle key F8). But some conversion operations generate curves automatically and that is often easier than drawing manually. Therefore the step "Subtract".

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