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right flush within a left aligned line

asked 2015-07-01 18:16:50 +0200

gael gravatar image

updated 2015-08-24 15:44:31 +0200

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Word Perfect had a feature which allowed for a right flush within a line otherwise aligned to the left.

e.g: |this is a line of text aligned to the left the margin. [Align Right] 42|

This was extremely handy for doing tables of contents / table of authorities without having to go through the immensely complicated (and ultimately more time consuming) fol de rol of "tables" and "outlines" and other superannuated "macro" features.

Has anyone figured out how to do this in Libre Office?

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answered 2015-07-01 19:49:04 +0200

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updated 2015-07-10 19:01:12 +0200

Have you looked at the various functions available in LibO with Tables of contents, indexes, and bibliographies? Chapter 12 of the LibO Writer manual gives lots of useful information. The styles save lots of time in creation and especially maintenance for the busy author. WP works in a different way .... Peter

I guess we agree to differ. LibO styles have appeared to derive from the GML tags we used from about 1978 or so. It is just the front end that has become more elegant and of course colour and images have been added and the cost dropped in line with Moore's Law . I believe you could find some time spent on styles a worthwhile long term investment. But, of course, it is your choice...Peter

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Thank you for reply. No. I have not. I'll tell you why. I have been word processing since 1987. I have volumes of now useless macros (some of which were pretty neat). What I discovered over time is that these features are almost always more time consuming than doing things "manually."

gael gravatar imagegael ( 2015-07-08 21:15:20 +0200 )edit
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answered 2015-07-01 22:57:33 +0200

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updated 2015-07-10 19:11:07 +0200

Hi gael

2 things spring to mind:

  1. Right-flush tab

    Menu:-Format Paragraph Tabs Type

    (alternate): left-click in format bar (top of page) to create a tab, then right-click on tab & choose 'Right'.

  2. Table

    This is useful if you want more than a few lines. The table can be set to be fixed to the page, paragraph or character. The table (or frame) is very versatile and, after all, this is NOT WordPerfect (as petermau points out), so a new style of working needs to be learnt.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).

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OKEEE -- THANKS :) BUT... after clicking TABS and the "Right" type button, one has to type in the 0.0" value of the right margin, example:

Taylor v. Jones (1776) 3 Eng.Rep. 425 {Mouse Menu Paragraph+Tabs+Type+Right + 6.25"} 64, 72

Thus, the (page) numbers "64, 72" will appear evenly at the end of line, writing "backwards"

Each line of your Table of Authorities or Table of Contents is going to be a "paragraph"

Now all I need is a decent macro command function.

Thanks again.

gael gravatar imagegael ( 2015-07-08 21:27:14 +0200 )edit

Thx for this clean and easy to follow answer.

howil gravatar imagehowil ( 2017-12-21 10:02:48 +0200 )edit
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answered 2017-03-05 18:51:36 +0200

KitchM gravatar image

The simple solution is to install VirtualBox (or Whonix) and then your favorite version of Windows, followed by WordPerfect.

Take it from someone who knows. There simply is nothing else that measures up.

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