The requirement, to use a full a4 size image as template background image with normal input options as if a plain background is used. Background to appear on all pages.
Have been trying to get this to work but it appears the function is not provided! Tried the method detailed here Full A4 background image in Writer but its no good, the trouble is as soon as you click on an area that just has the image your back to image edit function, instead of the normal for a plain background.
I have used the following procedure, but it is definitely a BODGE.
Create a A4 sized image (3508px x 2480px 300dpi) save as a bitmap (.bmp)
On a new doc click on format->page
Under page tab set all margins to zero
Click on area tab, select fill as bitmap, Size: original, x & y offset 0%
Click on import and select your image
Select borders tab
Select arrangement to left and right (middle icon)
Line: single line, 0.01 pt, colour to suite image, spacing to content 2cm (or whatever you would normally have the margins set to)
Click on header tab, set height to 4cm or whatever suits your background header part
Click on footer tab, set height to 2cm or whatever suits your background footer part
Click on Apply and OK
Now do file->save as-> template (.ott)
Now go to file->template->manage and import your just saved template (WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO THIS??)
If someone can give a proper way, or perhaps say one will be developed, that would be great.