How do I get a new page to still display after endnotes after saving?

Hello there,

I am trying to insert a new section after endnotes in a Writer document.

I have followed the steps outlined here: Can't insert section after endnotes

That is, I have inserted a new section and then set the endnotes to display at the end of the section, rather than at the end of the document.

This works fine and I am able to get the content that I want to insert after the endnotes to display there. (I need to have a list of figures after the final endnotes)

However, once I save and re-open the document, it reverts back to how it was before and the endnotes are at the end of the document and the list of figures (slightly distorted) displaying before the endnotes.

I wonder if anyone know what is going on here?

I’ve had a lot of headaches shifting between Word for Mac (at work) and LibreOffice (at home), so I don’t know if that is compounding things.

EDIT: I am saving the file in .docx for compatibility reasons. My work set-up won’t allow me to open .odt files (or I can’t work out how to do this)

Many thanks!

You need to tell us which format you use for Saving your document. Is it in Writer’s native format (.odt) or some proprietary format like .doc or .docx? Please Edit your original question to provide this information.

Edited! Thank you. I’ve been saving in .docx.

No luck! .docx format has limitations which prevent translation of formatting primitives needed to keep your formatting. Amongst others, the notion of Writer section (which is not the same as Word section despite the similar word) does not exist in .docx. It is then approximated when saved. Upon reload and the import conversion, everything related to your initial intent is lost.

Note that “recent” (10 years at least) version of Word claim to be able to read .odt. But of course some features will be ignored because Word is based on different principles. At least, your formatting won’t be lost in LO if LO is your primary editing tool.

I am saving the file in .docx for compatibility reasons.

You need to account for both differences in supported features in different formats, and also for imperfect support of foreign formats (in any software). You are welcome to file a bug report about that (so that possibly at some point the import/export filter is improved to support roundtripping the endnote-at-the-end-of-section feature). However, I’m skeptical, since sections are completely different concepts in Word and Writer.

There are a few possible workarounds. Which one to choose, and if any one even helps for your situation, depends on the kind of compatibility requirement you are facing.

If you provide some context (a little bit of “why”), it is easier for us to suggest solutions. Still, a few rough suggestions:

Solution 1

Assuming that your employer expects you to do some work from home.

Ask your employer for a license to install MS Word on your home computer. Use Word.

Solution 2

Assuming that you have to spend some time in your workplace off hours, and use that time for personal projects.

Install LibreOffice on your work computer.

Solution 3

In case you don’t need to edit, but only review/print your document at work.

Export your document to pdf file, and bring that file to your workplace.

So, based on the comments and answer above, you should always save your documents in the native format (.odt) to avoid losing the formatting that you want.

Then, have you tried using Save as .doc (not .docx) before transferring the document to your work place? It is possible that MS Word at your work place will recognize the formatting you have used when saving as .doc, even though it does not work in .docx format. It might be worth trying. Hope this helps.