Writer: remove built in styles

Writer comes with a lot of built-in styles. Is there anyway to delete them?

I know there is the option to hide styles and only show custom styles in the user pane. However, I’d much rather be able to delete all the built-in ones that I do not use.

Environment: Libre Office Version: On Mac OS X 10.14.5

Why do you want to delete them???

The most valuable feature of the AOO and Lo are the Styles. Use them instead of deleting them.

It is a bad idea to delete built-in styles.

  • From a methodological point of view, their names have been chosen to suggest their usage (Text Body, Heading n, Quotations, Addressee, Signature, etc.). This encourages a systematic and rigorous use of styles. The names don’t describe visual formatting but the semantic content of paragraph or sequence.

  • By default, built-in styles are organised hierarchically in a tree-like structure. It is enough to modify a style at an intermediate position (not a leaf) to have this modification propagated to all dependent styles. This feature is usually disregarded but is tremendously convenient when setting up a coherent family of styles.

  • Though this has usually no importance for a standard end-user, built-in style names automatically translates into the UI language. Thus when we talk here about Heading 1, the discussion is valid for Titel 1, Titre 1 or Titulo 1.

Built-in styles can be modified to fit your needs. Don’t hesitate to do it. It is easier than replacing them all. Even if you don’t use a style, its presence acts as a reminder for a possible miss in your formatting.

Last and most important, eliminate direct formatting (manual formatting without styles) in your document. This possibility is offered as a quick-starter or experimenting device but is the source of all evil and causes many subsequent formatting problems. I know this is the sole formatting possibility in the well-known proprietary competitor because of its lack of style families, but there is no reason to keep on applying bad principles in otherwise clean applications.

No way. You can only delete custom styles.

We should have the ability to HIDE unused styles as they take up too much space when trying to select a new style. IMHO it is also better to create a new style rather than modify an existing style so multiple new styles can be created from the existing styles.

  1. This is not a solution to the initial question and should be moved as a comment. Use the more link under your “non-answer”.

  2. The feature is already provided. At the bottom of the style sidepane (F11), select Applied Styles from the drop-down menu. Personally I prefer Hierarchical which shows the relationship between styles.