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Can I move the entire text at one side of document using Ruler instead of doing it line by line? (screenshot available)

asked 2019-03-14 09:35:20 +0100

Pranav Bbhattarai gravatar image

updated 2020-07-15 17:14:35 +0100

LeroyG gravatar image

I need to put mobile on one side of the screen where I use Google Assitance to find my answer. So I did this manually in each line: Image of what I did

Now the problem is: I don't want to waste my time using Ruler for each line.

There should a way to shift all text at one side of the document using Ruler and vice-versa.

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Your question is rather obscure. Do you need to temporarily hide LO screen while having a look at another application (e.g. a web browser)? In this case, the answer depends on OS (common PC OSes like Linux, MacOS or Windows, mobile OSes like Android).

Remember that acting on the ruler changes document formatting. The ruler indirectly acts on paragraphs attributes. If paragraphs have different layouts, you can force them altogether to a common new layout, but you won't be able to restore original layout.

Please edit your question or add a comment. Don't use an answer for something which is not a solution.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-03-14 10:07:11 +0100 )edit

As I mentioned in question, I want to freely move all the text on left side of corner by selecting all text. If this is not possible, than tell me use flag "feature request". I think the Ruler should be able to do this. It would be great idea/concept

Pranav Bbhattarai gravatar imagePranav Bbhattarai ( 2019-03-14 13:55:58 +0100 )edit

I still don't understand the purpose. Is it to move or shrink the window (then use the window manipulation handles offered by the window manager/OS) or to reorganise the text?

In the latter case, Ctrl+A to select all text, and grab the right margin marker in the ruler and move it to the left. Your text then reorganised as a narrow column which is, IMHO, silly and useless but YMMMV. Note also the window keeps its original size.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-03-14 14:08:49 +0100 )edit

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answered 2020-07-15 17:13:46 +0100

LeroyG gravatar image

updated 2020-07-15 17:55:34 +0100

From what I see in your screenshot, you moved the top left triangle on the ruler (this symbol indicate the first line indent of the paragraph).

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Each paragraph style could have a different first line indent. As long as there are selected paragraphs with different indents, the indents symbols will disappear from the horizontal ruler.

So, if do you wish to "move all the text on [the] left side" of your document, you will need to change the page margin, not the paragraph indent.

To do that,

  • place your mouse pointer (or equivalent) at the 0 of the ruler (or between the two "triangles", if indents are set to 0)
  • and when you see a double-point arrow, press and move to the right

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Note that if Page layout is set to Mirrored, one page will have more left margin and the next more right margin.

LibreOffice Help on Using Rulers.

Check the mark (Correct answer mark) to the left of the answer that solves your question.

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The margin is a property of the page style, so you don't need to select content first. Also, the adjustment will apply to all pages using that style, not confined to the current page. (Unless you have consciously applied page styles, that will most likely mean all pages of your entire document.)

.Indents (indicated by the triangles as mentioned) are paragraph properties and govern the paragraph's deviation from margin setting. Dragging those will only affect selected content (and "touched content" when your selection comprise partial paragraphs).

keme gravatar imagekeme ( 2020-07-15 17:33:22 +0100 )edit

@keme, Thanks for letting me know my error. I'll edit.

LeroyG gravatar imageLeroyG ( 2020-07-15 17:55:22 +0100 )edit

My all old question is targeted by @LeroyG :-D Not bad. I figured this out long time ago. Anyway, thanks.

Pranav Bbhattarai gravatar imagePranav Bbhattarai ( 2020-07-17 08:26:09 +0100 )edit
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