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Relationship between bullet/numbering button and Lists styles? [closed]

asked 2015-02-05 17:03:34 +0200

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I'm using LO fresh 4.4.

Is there any link between the bullets button and the list styles? List styles seem a great way to have document-wide control over the bullets, but having a button that slaps on any ol' style is really unhelpful. Is there any way to link the button with, say, "List 1" and the numbered button with "Numbering 1" or some such?

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answered 2015-02-28 03:42:10 +0200

oweng gravatar image

There is a relationship between list styles and the toolbar list buttons Bullets on/off and Numbering on/off however it is not straightforward. In simple terms (v3.3-4.4) the toolbar buttons use the same:

  • Style name for the symbol.
  • Level.

... while these aspects are different:

  • Toolbar button uses a directly applied formatting definition i.e., defined in content.xml (as style L1, L2, etc.) while the list styles are defined in styles.xml (as List_20_1, Numbering_20_1, etc.)
  • Margin.
  • Indentation.
  • Tab stop.

I believe there is an effort by the Design team to change the toolbar buttons to use styles by default. This may be forthcoming in v4.5+.

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answered 2015-02-06 07:26:03 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

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

When you work with the great feature of Styles in Writer, keep in mind that direct formatting overrules Styles. You can remove direct formatting by right click and Clear direct formatting.

The bullet button takes typically the List 1 style.

Numbering 1 is a list style but instead of bullets numbers are used.

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Always useful to promote the manual, but I do not consider this to be an answer to my question. The manual is nearly 500pages long and AFAICSmakes no reference to a link between the buttons and the styles.

For others' reference, the relevant sections of the manual appear to be p88 ch3, "Creating numbered or bulleted lists" and p241 ch7 "Working with list styles".

The bullet button does not in any install I've seen link to List style 1.

artfulrobot gravatar imageartfulrobot ( 2015-02-06 10:34:59 +0200 )edit

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