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Writer - Custom background size (image as page background) - unwanted images are not deleted

asked 2019-08-19 14:59:57 +0200

asteynberg gravatar image

updated 2019-08-20 07:49:41 +0200

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Hi all

Is there someway I can see what makes up the size of a Write file? (Adobe DC has this function) I've been experimenting with some custom backgrounds and with each test and addition of a background the file size gets larger, it seems the Writer file is keeping the old backgrounds as well.

Anyway to clear all the old custom backgrounds?

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answered 2019-08-19 16:51:42 +0200

Grantler gravatar image

updated 2019-09-10 16:24:08 +0200

LO on LinuxMint 19.2-64 Mate

  1. The images for page background are stored within the file, no linking possible.
  2. After you have changed the image, the old one and the new one are stored within the file. So the file gets larger and larger.

How to delete unwanted pictures

Rename your ODT file into a ZIP file. Now open this file (e.g. with 7-zip) and check the PICTURES folder. Delete unwanted image(s). Close ZIP file. Rename to ODT file. Open with LibreOffice again. In most cases the file is destroyed. The STYLES.XML won't work correctly, so you have to repair it... (IMHO too cumbersome.)

As a workaround you may apply e.g. a color as page background, then save and close the file, proceed as described in above paragraph. After that open the document again in LO, apply the image background and don't alter that...

Write a feature request/bug report, this behaviour obviously is counterproductive.


Today I found another problem concerning linked bitmap background of table cells. I edited an older OpenOffice file, last modified 2018, and the backgrounds of the table cells were... no more existing. Opened by OpenOffice the backgrounds showed again. In LibreOffice you have to import/embed the raster graphics anew, then they show as background for table cells.


I found the description of the problems of page background in bug reports. See

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The functionality of page background has altered. So I think that this misbehaviour will be dealt with before long...

Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2019-08-19 16:57:21 +0200 )edit

Brilliant, the ZIP file method worked perfectly!

asteynberg gravatar imageasteynberg ( 2019-08-20 08:22:44 +0200 )edit

I'd even say it's a bug, not a feature...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-08-20 08:50:54 +0200 )edit

@Mike Kaganski wrote: I'd even say it's a bug, not a feature...


Grantler gravatar imageGrantler ( 2019-09-10 16:22:01 +0200 )edit
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