You must learn how to use page styles. And, of course, save .odt because foreign formats have no notion of page styles and your layout would be lost.
A letter is a simple case, so I assume you only need to make provision for the first page to be different. You can work wit the Default Page Style which is simply accessed through
The simplest solution is to put everything in the footer in a bottom rectangular full-width area. No letter contents will interfere with this footer.
- Go to
- Check Footer on to create the footer area
- Uncheck Same content on first page to detach the first page from the subsequent ones
Text Boundaries and
Formatting Marks to facilitate locating the various elements of the page and see the formatting marks. These clues do not print, so you can leave them always enabled to better see what you are doing.
Click in the footer area (first page) to enter your logo/address/phone number/… The footer of subsequent pages remains empty. Click in the main area to return to letter typing.
CAUTION! Writer has a special notion of template. It is a special kind of files. To save as a template, use
Save as Template. To use this template,
Templates. As it is saved in some “obscure” location (though perfectly configurable), I recommend you also save your template in one of your directories for easier maintenance and update. Under
Save As, take care to select ODF Text Document Template (.ott).
When you want to modify a template, open it with
Open as Template otherwise you get a new blank ordinary document based on the template.
There is another solution in case you want your letterhead occupying only a portion of the width, but it is more complicated for a newbie. It involves another kind of object and style: frame and frame style. Start with simple things.
I recommend you read the Writer Guide for an introduction to styles.
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