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Conditional Formatting of Table in Writter?

asked 2020-01-14 05:35:50 +0100

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updated 2020-01-14 09:26:10 +0100

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Hi, I'd like to know if there's a way to add conditional formatting as there is in spreadsheet programs, but in LibreOffice Writer.

The effect I'm going for of conditional formatting, is when you have a set of cells and every other one the background changes.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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answered 2020-01-14 09:15:32 +0100

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updated 2020-01-14 09:27:40 +0100

No, this isn't possible, the writer tables are not suitable for this.

Possible workaround: You can insert Calc tables in Writer.

Example Calc table in Writer:

Opening writer. Now add an existing Calc table. In the menu choose Insert>Object>OLE Object.... In the dialog box "Insert OLE Object" select "LibreOffice 6.0 Table Document" and "Create from file". In the next selection click on, Search.... In the dialog box "Open" mark the file you want and click on Open. Put a checkmark next to "Link to file". Click OK. Now the Calc table has been inserted as an object in the Writer document. Double-clicking on the Calc table object opens the Calc editing view. The table can now be edited exactly as in Calc. Finally, you should save the document. Give the name you want. Click Save.

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answered 2020-01-14 13:05:37 +0100

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updated 2020-01-14 13:07:48 +0100

Conditional Formatting as known from spreadsheets does not exist for tables in Writer.
If you consider a feature request: I cannot see how it might be implement based on the current concept of TextTable.

If the intention basically is to create something like "listing paper" or "chessboard" patterns in TextTable representation, you may study this attached example which contains, exemplifies, and explains something like a workaround. (Original FileName: ask224921Workaround_ListPaperTextTable_1.odt)
You need a version of LibO already supporting styles for tables in text documents. My example was made with V 6.4.0.1RC.

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