Never mind—I’m giving up and uninstalling LO. I find both Writer and Draw way too unintuitive. Their outdated GUIs and over-picky functionality require way too much fussing to be practical for me (and I’m a tech writer!).
I kept looking here for an answer to my question, and found this similar question, with a wackily geeky answer:
(Q.) How do I reduce the amount of
“nudge” when I move objects with the
(A.) The amount that an object in Draw
is moved, is a factor of the scale of
the drawing e.g., Tools > Options… >
LibreOffice Draw > General > Scale
section. By default this is 1:1 and at
this scale these are the different
Cursor key, unmodified: 1.0mm /
~0.04in / ~2.8pt
Cursor key + SHIFT:
10.0mm / ~0.4in / ~28.3pt
Cursor key + ALT: 0.26mm / ~0.01in / ~0.74pt
At a scale of 1:2 these amounts are
doubled, while at 2:1 they are halved,
and so on.
Yikes! This seems like a good example of how this project may be neglecting the mainstream.
Fortunately, there are other free, friendlier MS Word-compatible word processors and vector-based graphics apps. I just thought I could save some time by installing LO and having both at once. Thanks anyway!