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How is a List Style linked to a Paragraph Style? [closed]

asked 2012-11-11 10:41:45 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

updated 2020-07-29 10:39:06 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I know how I have to link Character Styles to List Styles to create various types of bulleted lists.

Now I would like to create a Paragraph Style (eg. Text Body 2) which is linked to a List Style I have defined.

With this Paragraph Style I want to write the normal text and when I need bullets, I want to switch them on by clicking shift+ctrl+B.

How to I have to link a List Style to my new Paragraph Style called Text Body 2?

I found http://ask.libreoffice.org/question/1719/how-do-i-create-a-multi-levelmulti-paragraph-style/ but the answer there is using direct formatting, which I don't want to do.

Thanks in advance!

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answered 2012-11-11 15:20:49 +0200

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updated 2014-01-27 13:18:21 +0200

Usually, you don't need to link a paragraph style to a list style.
Create a shortcut key for your defined list style:
Menu Tools → Customize → Keyboard tab →
Category: Styles → Numbering
Function: List x
Select a shortcut key
Modify → OK.


Type text with your paragraph style "Text body 2",
Switch to the list style with the shortcut key.

Another possibility
(more options for modifying the numbering style in post-editing: font, font size, etc.):
Create a paragraph style "Text body 2n", based on your paragraph style "Text body 2" (context: New...).
Embed your list style in this paragraph style via
Outline & NumberingNumbering Style → select your list style:


Switch to the list style with paragraph style "Text body 2n".

Another possibility: → LibreOffice Writer Guide
Chapter 7: Working with Styles · Working with list styles · Combining list and paragraph styles (p. 34)

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@manj_k I still do not understand why the List N and Numbering N paragraph styles are not automatically linked with the corresponding list styles. What is the point of having all the List N and Numbering N paragraph styles?

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-01-27 00:52:07 +0200 )edit

@manj_k, the question here indicates an issue with option (1): how is an list style assigned via this method removed? Direct formatting can be used as an override, but the problem does not appear to have a style-based solution.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-07-15 06:03:26 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-12-22 07:07:37 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

@manj_k Thanks for all your help. I have now to write an article and try to apply what you told me. Have a nice season.

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answered 2012-11-15 08:53:57 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

@ manj_k Thanks a lot for your helpful answer. I feel this was the missing link in my brains about styles.

It seems I have jsut 1 question left: I assume that your example 2 was originally a TEXT BODY. Therefore in the organizer tab NEXT STYLE was TEXT BODY. Do you keep TEXT BODY as next style and only add LIST1 as numbering style?

Why does a PARAGRAPH STYLE show at tab INDENTS & SPACING the distance before and after text in units "ch" ( I assume this means characters) and in LIST STYLE the displayed unit is "cm"?

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(1) The paragraph style "Text body 2n" is (in this case) paragraph style "Text body 2" + embedded list style "List 1"; "Next style" is "Text body 2n", "Linked with: Text body 2".

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:24:53 +0200 )edit

(2) To show indents and spacing in unit "cm/mm/...": Tools → Options → LibreOffice Writer → General → Settings → ☐ Enable char unit (disabled). Maybe, you have to restart LibreOffice.

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:28:40 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-11-15 09:58:02 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

and another question

Looking at Chapter of the Writer Guide and follow the procedure described on page I created a new Paragraph Style (text body R2) and linked it with a new List Style (new list R) for which I chose a special character as bullet When I hit ENTER and apply text body R2 there is immediately the bullet which I chose with in the new list R. When I switch the bullets off (ctrl+shift+b) the text appears as expected and the paragraph style text body R2 appears selected in the Styles Window. However, when I switch the bullets on (ctrl+shift+b) I first get the bullet of the default Text Body style. Only when hitting ctrl+shift+b again my bullet selected for the paragraph style text body R2 appears. What do I make wrong?

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Live with it... ;) – or create a shortcut key for your customized list style. — See also → [LO3.6] Writer bulletted list button doesn't use any style - can't customize.

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:36:09 +0200 )edit

The default function of "Ctrl+Shift+B" is "Format Subscript". Do you use the shortcut for "Numbering Bullets On/Off"?

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:45:49 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-11-15 09:45:15 +0200

ROSt52 gravatar image

I do have an additional question:

When I use the default Paragraph Style Text Body and want to create a bulleted list, all I need to do is to switch bulleted list on (ctrl+ shift+b or click the related icon). This works fine and I even get 10 levels of bullets. Switching bullets OFF all is normal text with Paragraph Style: Text Body

Now I want to modify the bullets (=bullet characters), their indents and spacing for this very bulleted list only and want the new setting be “registered” in the default Paragraph Style Text Body. What do I need to do?

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(1) It is impossible to "register" such a list style in the default paragraph style "Text body". You have to create and to apply a list style (or to create a linked paragraph style with the embedded list style; then you have to apply this paragraph style).

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:33:24 +0200 )edit

(2) See also my original answer and the above-mentioned Writer Guide.

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2012-11-15 14:33:58 +0200 )edit

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