How to change the style of the current page in writer to one of the presets

Ok, so I am using libreoffice writer and I want to change the style of the current page to one of the presets, lets say the first page preset. But when I right click the page and click on page… I get a box where I get the name of the style of the current page (It is called Default Style and I cannot change it) and I can select one of the presets for the next page. Like, I understand that I can change the style of the current page by changing the settings of that page style in the other tabs, but i am still editing Default style, which is a style I’d like to use for the other pages. Like, isn’t it possible to use the “first page” preset to be used on the first page, that wouldn’t make any sense would it?

  • Display the style sidepane if not already on screen with F11 or Styles>Manage Styles.

  • Click on the fourth little icon from left in the toolbar to access page styles

  • Double-click on one of the names: this will change the page style for the part of your document where cursor is presently located.

Alternate procedure:

  • Right-click in the bottom status bar where it reads Default Style (or the current page style) and select the new page style from the menu.

The page style change takes effect from the last manual page break forcing the current page style to the next forcing page break. If you have none, the whole document is changed. Therefore, Insert>More Breaks>Manual Break where you want to revert to another page style.

This can be further automated with a smart use of paragraph style in their Text Flow tab.

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What if there is a paragraph which spans two pages that I want to be with different page styles? I can´t insert a page break in the middle of the paragraph.

Then you must configure the initial page style to automatically switch to another one when the end of page is reached. This is the Next style attribure in the Organizer tab. Note you have pre-set configurations in simple cases so that you don’t need to set this attribute. See the Header and Footer tabs for different headers in left/right pages (most frequent case).

You also have built-in styles Left Page and Right Page which alternate.

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