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How to let a paragraph begin on the next page?

asked 2018-11-14 05:07:01 +0200

Ton Baars gravatar image

In order to allow changes in the document I want paragraphs to start in a fresh page automatically. I can't find any setting for this. Where do I look? ton

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Please describe that in more details. Do you mean that you want each and every paragraph to start on a new page? or do you mean that if a paragraph doesn't fully fit to the page, it should be carried to the next page as a whole? or do you mean that you need some (kind of) paragraphs to do that - then which are the requirements (distinctive features) to such paragraphs?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-11-14 07:16:26 +0200 )edit

Hi Mike, At this moment I only need it in one situation where I want the content of my writing to start on a new page, while the front page will have a photo and maybe some text that I might add on, meaning the content page should move a page if that happens. It seems that PhLo 's answer does the trick. Ton

Ton Baars gravatar imageTon Baars ( 2018-11-15 11:23:55 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-11-14 09:36:11 +0200

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updated 2018-11-14 10:16:08 +0200

The quickest and easiest way to break after every paragraph is to type CTRL+ENTER as you finish a paragraph. It accomplishes the same page break function as @ebot mentioned, except the keystroke is much faster than clicking through menus. It's not fully automatic, but I find it extremely easy to do while typing. Thankfully this keystroke was carried over from other word processors. It's very common.

Sidenote: CSS for web has page-break-after: always;, which is useful when formatting web pages for print.

Writer has the similar Insert Page Break After/Before option under Format -> Paragraph -> Text Flow, which SEEMS like it should fit the bill... but it didn't work for me automatically as "it should." I had to keep applying a style with this option enabled on each new paragraph after pressing enter. HOWEVER, you could create a new paragraph style with this option enabled, type a bunch of paragraphs with carriage returns between them, select all and apply this style, then it seems to work for all the paragraphs, "automatically" (semi) inserting the page breaks after each paragraph.

Attached at bottom: sample file with working PAGE BREAK AFTER style applied to every paragraph. Try pressing <enter> and see what happens.

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Somehow applying the "Insert-Page-After" works for me when applied to Default paragraph style, with 6.1.3.2. Of course, it wouldn't, if I applied the reverse setting to a paragraph as direct formatting, which would override the style setting; or if I used a paragraph style that doesn't inherit from Default, or has the setting set explicitly in it.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-11-14 09:59:27 +0200 )edit

Yeah, when I was hunting around and saw this text flow option (which I've never used before), I thought, "SWEET! This is it!" But then, it had inconsistent behavior. One would think that, if you set up the style on a paragraph, that the next paragraph which has the same style would also create a new page when pressing <enter>. This didn't happen for me, it just went to the next line. I don't know if this functionality is by design or if it's buggy. To me it's not what I would expect to happen.

PhLo gravatar imagePhLo ( 2018-11-14 10:02:13 +0200 )edit

Please provide a sample file to see.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-11-14 10:04:55 +0200 )edit

I think I got it to work. When I initially created a style with Insert Page After text flow, it didn't retain the feature. But then I went to Styles -> Manage Styles (also F11), Clicked to Modify the style, enabled the Text Flow Insert Page After again, and then it worked after that secondary step. I attached my file. If you insert a new paragraph by pressing <enter> it should insert a page break after it.

PhLo gravatar imagePhLo ( 2018-11-14 10:12:51 +0200 )edit

And for the curious in the crowd, my avatar image shows Fred and Caleb featured in the short story found within the attached document. :D

PhLo gravatar imagePhLo ( 2018-11-14 10:24:05 +0200 )edit
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Thanks PhLo, I managed to do what I wanted to do for now. I am sure in the future I need to delve into this more,. Ton

Ton Baars gravatar imageTon Baars ( 2018-11-15 11:26:03 +0200 )edit
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answered 2018-11-14 07:21:55 +0200

gabix gravatar image

If you need it repeatedly in the same document, it's wise to create a dedicated paragraph style. RTFM.

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For now I have a solution, but I will remember this for future needs, Ton

Ton Baars gravatar imageTon Baars ( 2018-11-15 11:27:31 +0200 )edit
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answered 2018-11-14 07:11:58 +0200

ebot gravatar image

That will not work automatically. Try using the menu Insert>Page Break or Insert>Breaks>Manual Break and select Page Break. LibreOffice, Version: 6.1.3.2 (x64).

I hope it can help you.

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Thanks, For now I have solved this, will remember your suggestion, Ton

Ton Baars gravatar imageTon Baars ( 2018-11-15 11:28:22 +0200 )edit
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