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Writer: prompt for data?

asked 2017-04-10 02:55:33 +0200

LibreGuy gravatar image

updated 2017-04-12 00:17:26 +0200

Bump: Does anyone know a solution ... or is what I want impossible ?

Hi guys,

I would like to create a Writer template file in which each time after opening I would like to change some data (like a name and address).

Of course I could put something like this in the file:



and so on ... and then manually overwrite is.

But ... I wonder if it possible to have the file prompt for this information as soon as I open it. So I open the file and then a pop-up box appears asking for the name ... I enter the name and then a new pop-up box appears asking for the street and so on. After I've entered all data in the pop-up boxes, this data is used in the file to replace the name, street and so on. Is that possible ... if so, could someone explain how to do something like that and/or maybe post a file with an example? I would appreciate it very very much!

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Interesting question, definitely following.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2017-04-10 16:20:41 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-04-12 08:23:46 +0200

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


If I understand the question correctly, what you ask is the normal operation of the input fields inserted in a template.

In the attached I uses InsertFieldMore FieldsFunctions tab▸Input Field

  • When creating a document based on this template, two dialog boxes open to enter the fields.
  • When opening a document (not the template) already created, dialogs do not open by default. You can trigger the opening by pressing Shift+Ctrl+F9.

It is also possible (but not mandatory) to store this action in a macro associated with the Open document event as in the attached example.


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Thanks very much!! This works very nice and was exactly what I was looking for.

I don't need to set any macro at all. As soon as I create a new document based on the template, it automatically prompts for input. Very nice!

LibreGuy gravatar imageLibreGuy ( 2017-04-12 21:24:53 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-04-12 06:39:17 +0200

Ratslinger gravatar image

I don't see any value to this but here is one solution. Use a table and a macro attached to the Open Document. The macro is simple. Use input box to get information & move it into the table.

Sample: InsertText.odt

Sample contains a table with one column & four rows. Left the outer border visible so you can see where it is.

The are other ways to do this using macros & cursors. This was easiest to post. For further info, refer to Writer section in OOME.

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