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Free-form column widths in tables in Writer? [closed]

asked 2014-04-02 17:22:16 +0100

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updated 2015-09-09 16:18:28 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image


I'm trying to lay out a form in a table in Writer, i.e. to be printed for people to fill in using a pen.

So I have a table with a varying amount of columns in each row containing field titles and space for values to be completed.

However, I'm having trouble adjusting column widths on individual rows. If I select an individual row and move the mouse to the column border I get a pop-up tooltip saying "Adjust table column" but I can't actually change the column width.

I can split cells (Table->Split Cells...->Vertically) and adjust those columns but if I inadvertently align this column with another one, they become linked and I can't resize just that row's column any more.

What I want is a series of rows with identical widths (i.e. the left and right border of the table is static) containing columns with individually varying widths. Is there a way to do this? Am I missing something here?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

LibreOffice on Windows 7.

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answered 2014-04-02 20:44:10 +0100

mahfiaz gravatar image

It is possible to have every line as separate table. This way the rows never link. Syntactically it is horrible, but for your case would work well. To do so create a table with single row and enought columns, copy and paste it as many times as needed.

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You're right! In both senses, i.e. it is horrible but it does exactly what I need! Thanks!

leonstr gravatar imageleonstr ( 2014-04-03 15:04:50 +0100 )edit

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