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Sections in columns don't reclaim unused space.

asked 2017-01-20 15:22:37 +0200

EdwardVK gravatar image

I have lots of sections in 2 columns. If I delete a section, then I expect the subsequent sections to move back without leaving a gap.

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answered 2017-01-21 08:31:39 +0200

ajlittoz gravatar image

Can't reproduce your problem, maybe you don't delete the paragraph mark in the section.

To make sure:

  • display non-printing characters with View->Nonprinting Characters and View->Text Boundaries (grey borders will appear around your sections)
  • delete all text in section
  • press Del key when cursor just precedes the "inverted P" (pilcrow sign) denoting the paragraph end (resulting in a line break), otherwise an empty paragraph remains in the section and uses "above" and "below" spacing

The section will disappear and following text will flow upwards.

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Apologies. I was using tables inside columns. And not sections. Even when I deleted the table, the text did not flow upwards, but remained on the following page.

EdwardVK gravatar imageEdwardVK ( 2017-01-23 19:52:41 +0200 )edit

My remark still holds if you leave any "paragraph mark" where the table was. This is why I always work with visible non printing characters. I don't think either there is incompatibility in document format between LO versions, at least when numbers are not too far apart.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2017-01-24 08:02:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-01-23 19:53:20 +0200

EdwardVK gravatar image

I managed to workaround my problem by recreating the document from scratch. It was created with a previous version of LibreOffice.

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