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Introduction / Basics

The community welcomes you.

Before you ask your first question, please read the FAQ.

Purpose of this site

The site serves as a platform for sharing questions and answers.

It allows LibreOffice community members to come together to ask and answer questions about LibreOffice TDF and related topics.

This description is intended to be maintained and improved by the community.

So if you want to improve something, edit the text.

If you want to ask questions or write answers go to the home page with category

Are there any answers to my question yet?

Please search the website before asking a question.

To do so, please use the search box.

Click on the search icon ( loupe).
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There you enter a search term, e.g. “Calc”.

You will be presented with a drop-down list where you can search for and select similar questions.

If there is nothing for you, ask a new question.

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Ask/Getting Started from old to new?

Ask a question

To do this, click on “+ New topic” in the top bar.

EN Button New Topic

The “Create a new topic” dialog appears.

In the “Type title, or paste a link here” line, enter as short a title as possible for the question.

In any case, avoid entering the entire content of your question in the “Title” line.

If you create your question in the “English” category, “English” will appear automatically.

To the right of “Select at least 1 item”, you can select one or more keywords, e.g. “Writer”, “Calc”, “Date format”, “Crash”, etc. This will make the search easier later.

In the question description, you can and should provide detailed information about your question.

Your details should also reflect what you are trying to accomplish.

Within the question opened for editing you can work with the following modifications:

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You can help us understand you better.

Please do not use references or comparisons to other software packages.

Most of the responders do not know them, because they mostly work with LibreOffice for many years.

Also, please do not use acronyms that are not commonly known.

Avoid writing entire sentences in capital letters, this is generally interpreted as shouting.

If you want to provide additional information, please prefer to append an Example-document but not taking Screenshots.

Thank you for your consideration.

More details

Please be sure to specify your operating system, LibreOffice version (at least 3 digits with dots, e.g. 7.1.3) and the file formats used.

If LibreOffice can still be started, you can enter the following information (here only as an example):

202108_EN Version Informations

by copying Help>About LibreOffice from the menu.

In the following dialog click on the button next to “Version information”.

Your information will be saved to the clipboard of your computer system and you can use it to complete your description for the question.

Depending on the question, further information may be required: other file formats, printer and type, interfaces, network connections, etc.

Bar below a question

The bar offers you the options described in the images.

202108_0101EN Bar below a question

If you click on “Show more”, you will have more options.

Feature requests

Feature requests should go directly to Bugzilla as Enhancements.

Bugs

Bugs should be submitted directly to Bugzilla.

What is a bug?

  • Program crashes
  • Loss of function of a previous version of LibreOffice.
  • Performance problems (slow loading / processing; jitter; operations that take longer than in a previous version of LibreOffice).
  • During submission, the keyword “perf” should be added.
  • Unexpected behavior (note: this can be subjective)

Private information

How do I add to my question?

As a questioner, you edit the original question to add and clarify something.

To do this, click the pencil icon just below your question.
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Alternatively, you can also write a comment.

Within the question opened for editing you can work with the following modifications:

EN Question opened for editing - with description

Write an answer

Write an answer to the question in such a way that it is also generally understandable.

An answer should always contain a solution or at least a workaround.

For other things, such as questions or additional information, please use the comment function.

How do I mark an answer as solved?

Below each answer you will find a bar with different icons.

202108_0101EN Bar below an answer

Click on the small square with the check mark, to the left of the “Solution” letter.

After that, the icon will be displayed in green.

202108_02EN Bar below an answer

How can I vote on answers?

Click on the arrow pointing up to vote on answers.

202108_01DE Stimme für Antwort

Only one vote is allowed per answer and user.
Answers that have been voted on are marked with the corresponding number of votes.

202108_02DE Stimme für Antwort

The top bar

In the top bar on the left is the LibreOffice logo.

If you click on it, you will see a page with all categories in a summarized overview.

With the Search icon you initiate the search.
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When entering words (tags), you will be offered suggestions.
Select the most suitable one for you.

Next to it is the icon “Switch to another topic list or category”.
202108_EN Hamburger menu Icon

The top table header of the page

In the top table header you can see the category, e.g. “English”.

If you click on it you can select another category.

The selection of keywords follows.

Click on the small arrow.

In the Drop-down list you can search for a keyword or select a keyword.

In the next selection field you can choose the questions to be displayed according to the category “all”, “solved” or “unsolved”.

EN Drop-down Category all solved unsolved

In the next field you can switch between “Latest” and “Top”.
EN Latest or Top
On the right side you can click on “+ New topic” to ask a new question.

On the far right is the bell icon.
EN Bells icon

Click on it to set the watch mode and read what it means.

There you can choose between “Watching”, “Tracking”, “Watch first post”, “Normal” and “Muted”.

EN Watching

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Discourse understands multiple ways of formatting (Markdown, BBCode and HTML), of which Markdown is the most convenient. See this Markdown Reference and tutorial and a Cheat Sheet and there also basic and extended syntax. And of course the original Markdown Syntax by one of its creators John Gruber.

A common task when formulating questions or answers is to create tables, for which specific help and an online table generator exist. The best method is though, that you can just copy-paste a cell range of a Calc spreadsheet that is automatically converted to markup, using the first row as column headers, like

Name Number
foo 1
bar 2
baz 3

When pasting code or spreadsheet formula expressions please format it as code to prevent misrepresentation of inline text formatting characters like the * asterisk (for italics or bold) and replacements of " quote characters with typographic quotes like “here”.

Format short inline expressions as `expression` by enclosing them in backticks or grave.

Fenced code blocks are formatted with three backticks on their own line before and after the code block:

```

Usually a simple ``` without any trailing text (not even blanks) on its own line does some nicely automatically coloured formatting. One can force a language syntax like

```cpp

```bash

```python

```xml

```java

but apparently not for Basic. Function blocks in a Basic code block containing the keywords EndIf or Wend somehow lead to an ugly all red formatting, so if possible avoid them and use End If instead, or Do...Loop which is cleaner than While...Wend anyway (see While...Wend Statement). Also reportedly with Dim var as Variant the (unnecessary) as Variant can lead to an overall-red formatting. Using

```text

though forces a code block to monochrome to workaround.

To get correct coloring of Basic code with a plain

```

apparently the forum engine wants to see at least one comment starting with an ' apostrophe.

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How can I change my password for Ask-LibreOffice?

You can reset (i.e. reassign) your password during the login process.

  1. start Ask-LibreOffice in your internet browser and choose your preferred language.



  2. click on the “Log in” button.



  3. the login page will open. Click the “Reset my password” button.



    If you have changed your password, you can log in again as usual.

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