I am re-formatting an existing glossary page where the longest entry and a few spaces dictated the “tab point” or point to to begin the the “explanation paragraph” for that particular entry, in this case the tab point is at 1.25-inches from the left margin.
I’m aware that the recommended method to adopt for this is Styles, which I’m learning with the help of the 6.4 Writer manual, but I had problems, I think as a neophyte, applying a Paragraph Style to an existing document ( originally a LibreOffice doc.). Here I hope is a brief journey of what happened before I abandoned that. From the limited knowledge I have now, it seemed the glossary might best conform to what is described as a “List” Style in that there is a left hand margin item and following a set-tabbed paragraph. I started to follow a dialog for this by first selecting the initial “explanation” only portion as my paragraph to construct my Style. Things got scary for me pretty quick. Upon opening a List dialog, the first thing that happened was an automatic font and larger point size change that displaced the rest of the entire page. I corrected the font and point size okay and tried again – same thing. I gathered that I was in advanced-land because I was trying to apply Paragraph Styles to an existing document and abandoned the effort before I made a big mess of things. By the way OS-X 10.11.6 and 10.13.
I decided to just use a specified tab stop for each entry’s explanation paragraph for that page, I think you call it direct formatting. It gave me fits. I found no useful dialog box to set a standard tab for my width and ended up just dragging the top tab marker visually to 1.25-inches (+/-) in most cases for every line. The first entry came out as a single paragraph somehow – fine – but thereafter each line, at its end, became its own paragraph. I use the formatting markups so I can see the blue tab arrows and paragraph symbols, but I note I can’t send you an image illustrating that. There are no blue paragraph symbols at the beginning of each new line, only the end, also there are no blue paragraph symbols to start each new entry. How do I take these individual (tabbed in) “line-paragraphs” and combine them into a single paragraph for each entry? Or can I ?
My concern about this, and I haven’t experimented too much with it yet, is I have two blue paragraph symbols at the bottom of the page above the margin that I want to divide up between each entry for visual separation. I tried doing this once between paragraphs and instead of adjusting the line spacing between paragraphs, it applied it to every line in the paragraph, even though it was applied as between paragraphs using that dialog box.
Thanks, and I hope the issues are coming clear in this loner post,