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asked 2017-02-04 11:39:06 +0200

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updated 2017-02-04 12:12:30 +0200

Hey guys, here is the document I am having trouble with:


I want the text below "GOALS BRAINSTORM WORKSHEET" to line up with the left hand page margin, whilst the "GOALS BRAINSTORM WORKSHEET" text remains centered.

I tried selecting the text below "GOALS BRAINSTORM WORKSHEET" and selecting Align Left but this made all of the text, including "GOALS BRAINSTORM WORKSHEET" align to the left-hand page margin.

So I tried Insert > Fields > Title in the hope that "title" text would be separated from "regular" text and thus not affected when the regular text had it's alignment adjusted, however upon adjustment all text was moved to the left hand margin again.

ALSO If I wanted the document to look just as it does now, but with just one change: the line of text beginning with 1) to line up below the line of text beginning with 2) how would I go about doing that?


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close date 2017-02-05 08:23:52.290673


A screenshot doesn't help identify how your document is laid out. Upload the actual document.

robleyd gravatar imagerobleyd ( 2017-02-04 11:56:52 +0200 )edit

Sorry about that- done.

appreciatethehelp gravatar imageappreciatethehelp ( 2017-02-04 12:13:02 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-02-04 22:49:00 +0200

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updated 2017-02-05 07:49:40 +0200

Your text is made of a single paragraph. You forced a line break at end of every line with Shift+Return which does not end the paragraph.

Clicking on one of the alignment buttons (left, right, center, justify) sets a paragraph-global attribute. Consequently, all lines of your paragraph will be aligned the same.

Your text is obviously composed of 3 (or 4) elements: a title (1st line), a 1)-numbered paragraph and a 2)-numbered paragraph. Your fourth element, which should never be set this way, is the spacer between the title and the 1) paragraph. These elements are semantically different and should appear in different paragraphs so that they can receive different styles (normal LO usage) or independent manual formatting (reduced beginner usage).

Spacing between paragraphs should always be set through tab Indents & Spacing of paragraph properties accessed either from Format->Paragraph... or from the styles panel.

To achieve what you want, replace the line breaks (Shift+Return) by paragraph breaks (Return only) and give the paragraphs an appropriate style or format them individually.

If this answers your question, please accept it by ticking the check mark at left and close the question for community benefit. If this has value for yourself, do not hesitate to upvote the answer.

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Excellent, thank you!

appreciatethehelp gravatar imageappreciatethehelp ( 2017-02-05 08:23:33 +0200 )edit

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