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Entering spaces when Center Align is on

asked 2020-01-14 14:51:28 +0100

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Not sure if this is a bug or not and the bug entering page says to use Ask A Question if not sure so... When you are in Center Align mode, there is no visible indication that you have successfully entered a space or how many. The text does not move to the left. There is no space between the cursor and the last non-space character typed. It's not until after you type something other than a space that you can see where the cursor actually is in relation to the previous text.

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... and you are using LO version...? (Please always mention that info.)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-01-14 15:01:55 +0100 )edit

To monitor what's going on, it is wise to enable View>Formatting marks. Writer makesvisible all usually invisible "characters" such as spaces, tab, paragraph marks, newlines and many others. You can keep this flag always enabled because these visual clues do not print.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-01-14 15:22:59 +0100 )edit

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answered 2020-01-14 17:53:25 +0100

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updated 2020-01-14 17:56:17 +0100

The question isn't precise enough, and the questioner seems to work with Formatting Aids off or mostly off - as many beginners do to their detriment. He (f/m) also tries to influence the view or alignment by inserting spaces, what also is a beginner's mistake.

Thus I have to guess: The Questioner is talking about a line from which the text already flew over to the next line automatically. In this case the described behaviour is intentional on behalf of the software, not only for centered text, but also for "justified" and right aligned text. To change this a hard linebreak needs to be inserted behind the spaces.

Urgent advice: Switch on all the visual aid by 'Display formatting' you can get. Go >Tools>Options>LibreOffice Writer>Formatting Aids>Display formatting for the purpose. Do not enable Direct Cursor. It's not an aid but a disease.

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Thank you for your reply. My apologies for the incorrect formatting and missing information.. I'm using version 6.3.2.2. Per the bug reporting page I was trying to follow that advice rather than asking for advice how to do something. In question form I guess it would be, how do I make spaces visually 'appear' relative to the cursor when in center or right justify modes.

All the formatting aids were checked except Hidden Characters. Checking this made no difference though. Also, I am not trying to pad the location of text with spaces. When you hit the spacebar and a space does not appear it is disorienting at the least. To further illustrate what I am trying to describe, watch your cursor as you are typing your reply (assuming you do so of course ;) and notice how the cursor moves away from the text when hitting ...(more)

rburn999 gravatar imagerburn999 ( 2020-01-14 19:02:08 +0100 )edit

Putting in multiple spaces also gives you the indicator you have entered multiple spaces and where the next character you type will appear relative to the preceding characters.

Now watch the cursor when you type a space when center justify (also right justify) is on and you will see the difference. The cursor does not move away from the text (or in the case of center and right justify the text should move left away from the cursor) Without this indicator you are left to wonder how many spaces, if any, you have typed. Granted you will see once you continue typing if you did not actually enter a space or you entered more than you wanted (because of a typo or finicky keyboard). I don't know if this is by design or not. If it is by design, then the only change to my post would be to ...(more)

rburn999 gravatar imagerburn999 ( 2020-01-14 19:05:15 +0100 )edit
Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-01-14 19:57:19 +0100 )edit

To further confuse things, I was experimenting with this issue of the text not moving one character space to the left when a space is typed and found that it seemed to be connected to the Bold key. In Center Justify with Bold turned off I was getting spaces to show up as they should (the distance between text and cursor was changing by 1 character width when adding or deleting spaces.) Turning Bold on made the cursor snap back up against the last non space character typed and turning Bold off again made it jump back to where it was supposed to be.. at the end of the accumulated spaces. Then I tried checking if other text modifiers like underline and italic had the same effect. And I couldn't get the spaces to 'appear' again no matter what. Going back to turning Bold on and off now no ...(more)

rburn999 gravatar imagerburn999 ( 2020-01-14 20:08:35 +0100 )edit

If you (@rburn999) actually opened a .doc or a .docx file (as @Mike Kaganski supposed) before experiencing the issue you needed to mention the fact. Always save your documents to the native file formats. If using alien formats, don't expect perfect results. If you open a file of an alien format, and get strange issues of any kind, fisrt save to the respective native format, reload this fil, and see if the issue is still showing.
(Lots of words, wasted time otherwise.)

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2020-01-15 00:23:43 +0100 )edit
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