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How do I create tabbed pages for printing in Writer?

asked 2020-01-09 10:45:06 +0100

japreja gravatar image

Hi, I need to know if it is possible to create printable tabbed pages for printed manuals. Most searches for tabbed pages refers to the software document tabs, which is not the same. Is this easy to do?

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answered 2020-01-14 09:17:52 +0100

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You didn't specify if the tab must be punched (part of paper removed) or printed. In either case, the principle is the same as suggested by @Lupp's sample.

Enable header in the page styles where you need tabs. This also has the advantage that contents of the tab may be dynamically changed through the use of fields (such as chapter number).

Insert a frame anchored to the header paragraph (even if this one is empty). Then play with the settings in the Position section. I recommend positioning relative to Entire page so that the frame can be sent anywhere, including the page margins, even if the printer has some "no-print" area.

In case you effectively print something (not a placeholder to later punch out the tab), print it white on black background. After the book is trimmed, it will leave enough "stain" on page edge you can see black patches where you have printed your tabs.

Since the position of the tabs vary across the book parts, you need one page style per "chapter". I know of no way to make frame position computing from any criteria.

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answered 2020-01-09 13:21:01 +0100

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updated 2020-01-09 13:31:33 +0100

There won't be a specific feature for the purpose.
Do you mean something like demonstrated in this attached example? It can be done by some handiwork or probably based on lots of macro programming.

(The original attachment was slightly faulty. It was rplaced by a correct one 9 minutes later.)

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Yes, exactly like your attached file! I imagine it would require cutting out the tab after printing, but that's perfect.

japreja gravatar imagejapreja ( 2020-01-09 13:36:58 +0100 )edit
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