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Writer: any way to create parallel columns?

asked 2019-05-19 01:57:39 +0200

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I want to make a textbook translation, with each page showing German on the left, and English on the right.

Is there a way to create two independent parallel columns that will flow from page to page? This is different from 'newspaper columns' that flow from the left column into the right column.

Parallel columns would also be useful if you were creating a text that has the main text in the left hand column and commentary notes in the right hand column.

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The previous answers usually advise setting up a two-column table. However, many years ago WordPerfect had a proper parallel column function, and maybe by now one has been developed for LibreOffice?

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Good question I think. I too would like to know how to do this. (I recall that Ventura Publisher had this running on CPM even before WordPerfect. It was great for making multi page newsletters with multiple articles all starting on the first page that were then continued on later pages.)

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2019-05-19 02:02:49 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-05-19 14:13:46 +0200

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updated 2019-05-19 14:14:23 +0200

As you already discovered, this is not possible in Writer and you need to use one of the available "workarounds" (a table or floating frames). If this feature is important to you, please create an enhancement request and let us know its number.

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