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Basic paragraph indentation and numbering [closed]

asked 2014-08-25 18:28:22 +0100

Alias duel zone gravatar image

updated 2016-03-02 23:45:46 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Running LibreOffice I don't manage to define basic paragraph numbering scheme. I just want to define correctly 2 paragraph styles only and named:

  • Title 1
  • Title 2

I want to get a very basic numbering and indentation scheme I tried to mimmic here:

1.  Chapter 1              [style Title 1]
    1.1. sub chapter 1     [style Title 2]

2.  Chapter 2              [style Title 1]
    2.1. sub chapter 1     [style Title 2]

I have created these 2 paragraph styles and modified them from the Styles and Formatting tool. Style Title 2 is linked to Title 1 since I want to keep them consistent.

But I can't get the Title 1 correct indent of text after number to work. I entered a specification of 1.00 cm for the 1st tab, and a numbering scheme Numbering 1 specifying to add a tab after the number. I applied this modification, but nothing happens.

The numbering scheme for both styles is Numbering 1. Nonetheless, the numbering stays wrong.

Here is the deception point I reached thus far:

1. Chapter 1              [style Title 1]
    2. sub chapter 1     [style Title 2]

3. Chapter 2              [style Title 1]
    4. sub chapter 1     [style Title 2]

I thoroughly read the documentation but can't see what I didn't get right there.

How should I modify my Title 2 paragraph style to obtain the basic specified indentation and numbering scheme?

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp
close date 2016-03-02 23:46:05.533394


I updated my question to avoid answers which might resume to 'read the documentation' when I specified that I did it.

Alias duel zone gravatar imageAlias duel zone ( 2014-08-27 11:29:17 +0100 )edit

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answered 2014-08-26 03:23:22 +0100

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updated 2014-08-26 03:27:32 +0100

Your approach using Styles & Formatting is basically good. However I would not use "Title" to start with but the Heading Style 1,2,3,....

Using these heading styles also have the advantages 1 - You can create an automated Table Of Contents. 2 - Indents etc. are most likely close to what you need.

Headings don't carry automatically the numbering you want. This can be added by going

Tools > Outline Numbering > tab Numbering

From here on it depends on what style you want. Looking at you example I propose:
Level => 1-10
Number => 1, 2, 3,..
Characterstyle => None
Show sublevel => 10
The rest I would first leave at there default values. Although the next tab, position, I would first leave at default settings.

Now I recommend to create a sample text to see how the styles look like and what you want to change to your needs.

Where to change settings in respect to numbering you know now.
The other heading styles you need to adjust by selecting the heading style right click an choose modify.

Keep in mind, that all the setting you make are only for the document you have now open. If you want to keep these settings for future documents, your current document also as a template. Now you have the chance to set this template as the default template or a template you only use when you need this special format.

I also recommend to download the free manual and read through the chapters of formatting headings. Free download is available here:

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As indicated in the OQ: "I thoroughly read the documentation". I choosed my created paragraph styles just because I want to understand and manage what I will have to use a lot of times without the smallest worry. My trust goes where I understand how a software works.

Alias duel zone gravatar imageAlias duel zone ( 2014-08-26 15:47:10 +0100 )edit

I am already working on a very simple text: the one I displayed under the form of code extracts: just 5 lines and 2 created paragraph styles. As exposed: I don't tget he basic indentation and numbering I want.

Does your answer mean I can't get the specified basic result with 2 simple paragraph styles?

Alias duel zone gravatar imageAlias duel zone ( 2014-08-26 15:57:14 +0100 )edit

The answer by @ROSt52 is correct. Refer Defining a hierarchy of headings (pp. 195-201) in Writer User Guide v4.0. Also refer the answer here

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-08-28 12:45:58 +0100 )edit

This is exactly the § on which I based my attempts.[return included here] I have a very basic understanding trouble (perhaps requiring a new question). I have 3 tools at hand to work with my paragraphs numbering: Paragraph styles, List styles and Tools > Outline Numbering…. Are all these 3 tools mandatory to create the basic numbering scheme I describe in this question?

Alias duel zone gravatar imageAlias duel zone ( 2014-09-01 16:49:09 +0100 )edit

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