I am using LO 126.96.36.199 in 64 bit Windows 7 Professional.
My problem is this. I have inherited a document from a previous author and am editing it. While I am inserting text, I would like to have the bits i type to appear in a different colour from the (automatic) black colour of the original font. I don’t want to use track/show changes and keep any deleted bits visible. I simply would like to type into the document, here and there, in a different colour (say, green or magenta) from the original.
When I try to do this, I run into a problem. Initially it appears I can change my font colour from the toolbar just fine. I can paint sections of the text and have them change colour as I like, and I when I choose a font colour, at first my typing appears in that colour. However, when I have finished that bit and move on to the next section I want to edit, the colour reverts back to the automatic black of the document. That is, the colour I selected for my text does not keep, and to constantly write in magenta or green I would have to choose the colour from the toolbar again and again. This is quite bothersome.
The document is a originally Word document. I have tried saving it in .odt format, but the problem persists. I have also experimented with a LO document created from scratch, and it behaves the same way. You can change the colour of the font you type for that one bit, but as soon as you jump to the next place (next sentence, next paragraph, whatever) the colour you typing in reverts back to the colour of the original font.
I suspect it might be a case of some style attribute taking over, although what I see in the style window is “Default Style”.
But surely there must be some way I can simply insert text into the document in green, magenta etc., without constantly having to change the font colour for each separate instance?