When I go into the “Paragraph & Styles” window, and right click on an existing style, and choose modify, change some value(s) and click “Apply” (or “OK”), I don’t see any changes to my document. This even happens if I choose some ridiculous value (like indent 2") that I’d be certain to notice.
If I change the values for a specific paragraph via Format->Paragraph, the changes are immediately visible.
Interestingly, if I change the actual paragraph style of an existing paragraph to the paragraph style I’d previously modified, the modifications are apparent in the paragraph whose style was changed.
If I create a new paragraph with the modified style, the changes aren’t visible if I put the new paragraphs between two other paragraphs with the modified style. If I create a paragraph where the paragraphs before and after are a different style, then the new paragraphs show the modified style.
The style is not linked with any others, and the next style is the same style. AutoUpdate is off.
It appears, according to my limited experimentation, that the modified style does not change the appearance of existing paragraphs with that style, just newly created paragraphs with that style or paragraphs whose style is changed to the modified style.
Some other notes: Most of the changes I’ve tried (that don’t appear when I make them and click “Apply” or “OK”) are in the “Indents & Spacing” tab, specifically the below paragraph value. If I change the font, and click “Apply”, that does appear immediately in all paragraphs with the style I’m modifying. Unfortunately, if I click “Reset” then “Apply” again, to get my previous font back, the changes do not appear. I have to Cancel out of the Paragraph Style dialog, and then Undo to get my original font back.
Is there something I’m doing or might have done to get this weird behavior? I thought the purpose of paragraph styles was to do exactly when I’m trying to do.
Using LibreWriter in LibreOffice 4.0.5. This also happened in 4.0.2. On Mac OS 10.7.5.
Thanks for any help anyone can offer