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Writer - formatting an alinea (bold, cursive) formats the whole text

asked 2020-07-25 11:32:18 +0200

ppov gravatar image

When I select a paragraph and format it bold, cursive or whatever, the whole text is formatted bold, cursive or whatever. Selecting only one part of the paragraph formats only that part. It's only when the whole of the paragraph is selected that this happens.

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answered 2020-07-25 12:02:15 +0200

keme gravatar image

updated 2020-07-25 12:03:01 +0200


The paragraph style in use is probably set to auto-update when you change an entire paragraph.


Modify the style so it will not automatically update.

  • Place the text cursor inside a paragraph
  • If the list of styles is not displayed, press function key F11 to bring it up.
    You can also find Manage styles at the bottom of the Style menu
  • Make sure paragraph styles is selected (the tool icon above the styles list).
  • The paragraph style in use will be selected in the list. Most likely Text body or Default. Right click that entry and select Modify.
  • Select the Organize tab
  • Untick the Update box below the style name field.
  • OK
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Thank you! That works. Strange thing is, I've always selected paragraphs and formatted them without the paragraph style automatically being updated. So I think something changed in the automatically formatting process during some upgrade of LibreOffice. I'm not sure... Thanks again!

ppov gravatar imageppov ( 2020-07-25 12:47:32 +0200 )edit

It's unlikely to be related to an upgrade. The setting in question is a per-style setting stored in document; possibly you got some document with such a style, e.g. from someone, and copied data from it, bringing the style with the setting with the pasted data.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-07-25 15:34:09 +0200 )edit
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