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asked 2014-11-27 15:33:50 +0200

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So I am fairly new to LibreOffice and would like to know how to reduce the gap between the bottom of one line and the top of the next. I tried using line spacing in the paragraph format option but that made no difference.

Could it be that the text I was pasting in was pre-formatted to have large gaps between lines? If so, perhaps there is a way to paste it in without formatting.(Though I would like to keep the indentation.)

Paste special almost works for what I want but the gaps are still large, maybe there's a preference for this.

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answered 2014-11-27 16:13:16 +0200

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Styles & Formatting is great in Writer but it is also a bit tricky until you understand some basics.

If you applied a line spacing from the Format > Paragraph and then try to change it in the Styles & Formatting window (F11), you will not see a change because the first formatting, a direct formatting over rules the Styles&Formatting settings.

I would try following: Select your text, right click and select Clear direct formatting. Under my above made assumption this will now let the line spacing set in Styles&Formatting window become visible. Next set your line spacing for your paragraph style to the value you want. All text with that paragraph style will adjust to the same line spacing.

As you are new I recommend you to set up your template or templates using the Styles&Formatting window. Direct formatting. Format menu or right click and change a format can still be used to make some at the spot changes when your styles don't match your needs for a smaller part of your document.

Styles&Formatting might appear a bit difficult at the beginning but once you understand it the power of this feature is great.

I also recommend to have a look at the free guides which you can download from

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Thanks for the help, I was able to create a custom style from some other text that had correct line spacing (using the Styles&Formatting tool) and apply that to the text I pasted in.

M. gravatar imageM. ( 2014-11-27 17:51:19 +0200 )edit

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