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How can we re-define the default highlighting color?

asked 2018-07-03 18:56:18 +0200

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The default is Yellow 3. Can I make the default another color? Thanks!

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LO allows to record in Basic, the instructions to select a text background color (character background pattern) and apply it to a previously selected text. You can store this macro in your standard library in your normal.odt and assign it a keystroke combination to invoke it.

Denis J Navas gravatar imageDenis J Navas ( 2018-07-30 11:51:10 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-07-27 20:47:47 +0200

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I think the default highlighting color is HARD-CODED and therefore it is not possible to re-define its color. Here's how I determined this:

1) I noticed that if a color in the color palette is selected, it is surrounded by a double box, whereas if the color is not in the color palette, no color in the pallette has a double box. (Such great programming! Thank you, LibreOffice!) When opening a document and clicking on the highlight drop-down color, Yellow 3 has a double box around it, even when I renamed Yellow 3 to Yellow bright and moved it to a different position in the color palette (by modifying the colors in row 5 and row 6, making Yellow bright in row 6).

2) I then modified one of the RGB values of Yellow 3 and clicked OK, so there was no color that matched the original values of Yellow 3.

3) I then opened a new document. The default highlighting color is still a bright yellow, but when clicking the triangle drop-down, there is no color that is surrounded by the double box. So the default color must come from code that is not accessing the color palette.

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The yellow of the highlighter responds to the color rgb, 255 - 242 - 0. If you change any of the rgb values, you will get a color that does not exist in the color palette and that LibreOffice therefore should not mark as selected, that it is what you refer to as not "surrounded by a double box".

Denis J Navas gravatar imageDenis J Navas ( 2018-07-30 11:14:17 +0200 )edit
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