Why do NONE of the setting dialogue boxes have an option to "set as default’ in LibreOffice Writer? It takes an hour to paste a picture into a word processing document without the picture covering up the text, and / or slammed up against the text with no space around the picture. It is then necessary to go into the settings of each and every pasted object / picture etc and click off “allow overlap” and to add a fraction of centimeters of space around the picture so that the text is readable. NONE of these changes can be made permanent so that we have to re-do them every single time.
This is a carry over from Microsoft Word’s disastrous creation of “documents” based on abstractly conceived “templates”, rather than pieces of writing in which you could set things as you go along and make them permanently part of the program settings if you like them.
This word processor gave me SO much hope; but it is a disastrous frustrating horror once you begin trying to use it in the way people who teach or write need to.
I’ve saved and resaved the templates a thousand times, and yet it takes weeks of training to learn how to put today’s date in a document with a shortcut, and LO still gets it wrong most of the time, because an arcane incomprehensible language used by LO’s designers (and not by the rest of the humanity) renders the setting variable virtually impossible to intuit. They are all settings that exist ONLY in LibreOffice’s own private lingo. It’s a real shame that this opportunity has been lost.
_ Edit here_ Few days later, still having difficulty with setting dates on the default template. I’ll see tomorrow (or after midnight) if the change has taken or if it is still inserting the same date every time.
Also if people think it best, I may delete my question (or questions) unless it’s thought that the answers this community has provided are very helpful for others. That would be a very good reason for leaving the question up. The reason for not leaving it up would be that my tone is perceived as ranting, which is unpleasant. Late at night, working and becoming increasingly frustrated, and with all the external world’s pressures as well, the tone of distress can become strident, which is counterproductive. I have regrets on that score.