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Can I change the page order in writer?

asked 2017-03-27 18:50:36 +0100

Al Vesper gravatar image

I have a document (.odt) with independent pages. I want to reorder the pages and put page 2 before page 1. How can I do this in writer?

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answered 2017-03-28 10:27:37 +0100

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If you're ready to pay the pain for a complex management scheme, you can achieve what you're looking for.

From your question, your document is "page-based". Go to the logical consequence of your choice and store your "pages" as independent documents. To guarantee a common look-and-feel, I'd recommend to design them from a common template.

Then, you create your "synthesis" document (the one meant for printing) as a master document which references all your "page" documents. Read the LO User's guide if you aren't familiar with the concept.

In the master document, the included "pages" can be reordered from the Navigator panel (F5) with "up" and "down" buttons after selecting the "page" you want to move. In essence, it is equivalent to @RGB-es copy-and-paste solution without the risk of incorrectly selecting page content or overwriting other text.

If this suggestion answers your question, please check the tick mark at left and, karma permitting, upvote it. Close the question for community benefit in case this is a satisfactory answer.

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I second this, and I suppose that there's not much "pain" here, given that the pages are independent already

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-03-28 10:49:36 +0100 )edit
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answered 2017-03-27 22:10:08 +0100

RGB-es gravatar image

It is not possible, sorry: Writer is based on content flow, not page layout. The only way to "reorder pages" is to cut and paste content.

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I absolutely agree with this answer, except for... "It is not possible" part :) Actually, your answer tells how is that possible: to reorder pages, please move the pages' content to desirable place.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-03-27 22:14:38 +0100 )edit
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