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WordPerfect "Make Fit" button? [closed]

asked 2012-09-30 17:55:07 +0200

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How can I make two pages fit/shrink into one, four pages into three, etc., as in the WordPerfect "make fit" button??

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answered 2012-09-30 20:44:01 +0200

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LibreOffice does not have predetermined page objects, unlike MS Word and (presumably) WordPerfect. There is no way to tell LibreOffice, "I want to have this content over n pages", because pages are just an abstraction that LibreOffice uses to reflow and lay out the formatted objects "in real time", so to speak. Most importantly, this layout is done according to a page style.

That being said, it is certainly possible to improve the layout:

  • The first thing you might want to do is change a few parameters in your paragraph styles (assuming you do use styles). What is the line height? What is the amount of vertical space between paragraphs? Are so-called widows and orphaned lines treated in a special way?

  • The next step would be to remove any empty paragraphs (created by entering two consecutive carriage returns) and instead separate the paragraphs with the appropriate vertical white space by modifying their styles. If you don't want any space between paragraphs, then the first line of each should be indented.

  • Modify the page style itself. Are the margins as wide as you want them? Are there headers and footers? What are their dimensions? This should help control the flow of text.
  • If all else fails, use manual page breaks to get more pages, or use a smaller font size to get less pages (again, this should be done by changing the paragraph styles and not manually).
  • Finally, from time to time, it is a good idea to update the layout. To do that, go to: Tools > Update > Update All. Often, this will improve the efficiency of the layout and use less pages.

Hope this helps!

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