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How do you define default table and cell borders that apply to all existing tables and all new tables?

asked 2018-11-14 14:33:18 +0200

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I have 53 tables in a book and counting. But the default borders are 0.05 pt. they show on screen, but are nearly invisible when printing. All help on table borders is about changing a specific table or cell. Is there a way to change the default?

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answered 2018-11-14 18:19:48 +0200

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  • You first have to generate an new table, best with 2 rows and 2 columns. Apply all properties you would like... esp. the 0.5 pt border instead of hairline border.
  • Then click Table menu > Autoformat > Add and name the New Style


For inserting new tables you have to use the Menu Table way:

  • Table menu > Insert Table > Autoformat :: choose style > choose Columns/Rows

AFAIK there is no way to change the "default" style for inserting a table in Writer. (I'd appreciate if somebody knows to change the default table properties.)


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answered 2018-11-14 18:17:12 +0200

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Unfortunately, no. What is called table style in latest LO Writer versions is not a "style" as is the case for paragraph, character, page, frame or list (numbering), it is rather something like a template. Once the table has been inserted, modifying the "style" has no effect on existing tables.

Maybe with a macro, but I have no experience with it.

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