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How to hide & unhide text & how to make 'Hide' button on toolbar.

asked 2018-07-18 03:12:30 +0100

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I'm moving from MS Word to LibreOffice. Writer needs a 'hide text' button.

I have many documents that have hidden text. Purchase orders with notes to myself, notes from vendors and the such. In MS Word, I can hide and unhide just by selecting what I want hidden and then click the Hide button (or hit Ctrl-Shift-H). Hidden text displays a dotted line under it (if Options > Display is set to always show hidden text).

It took a while, but I found how to display hidden text in Writer (Tools > Options > [-] LibreOffice Writer > Formatting Aids, and tick the box for Hidden Text). Now when you need to see the hidden text, select the "¶" button or Ctrl-F10. This will toggle hidden text on and off (as well as other formatting marks). Hidden text will be shown as dotted underlined as in Word. BUT, It does not set or unset anything as hidden.

Writer obviously has the capacity to have and show hidden text, but not to easily hide and unhide specific text.

NOW, I need a tool, a button on the toolbar to toggle selected text hidden / unhidden. I've looked at all the choices for toolbar tools (right click the toolbar) and Hidden isn't there.

btw, I'm using LibreOffice 6.0, and Writer says it's

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answered 2020-05-21 02:14:16 +0100

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updated 2020-05-21 02:22:00 +0100

Format, Character, Font Effects: Hidden

LibreOffice Writer Version: (x64)

Note: Text display cannot be toggled with the Toggle Formatting Marks command like MS Word as described in the question.

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