Control page layout

OOoWriter controls page layout somewhat differently than Word does. Some functions may be closer to those in FrameMaker, a program I’m not very familiar with.

In Word, the page setup (paper size, orientation, margins, and so on) that you set up for a document are the default for that document, unless you define different setups for separate sections. If you specify headers and footers, they apply to the entire document (unless you change them in specific sections). You can specify different headers and footers for the first page of a document or section and for the odd and even pages in the document or section.

In OOWriter, the default page style does not carry over to any other page style; you have to define each each page style explicitly. (You can also create templates and then base other documents on those templates.) I would normally set up at least three standard page styles: First Page, Left Page, and Right Page; I might also define a Landscape page. When you set up a page style, you can specify which page style applies to the next page, so when text flows from one page to the next, the correct page style will automatically apply to the following pages. A typical setup would be First Page (which is normally a right-hand page) with "next page style" of Left Page, which would have a "next page style" of Right Page, which has a "next page style" of Left Page.

Note: "Sections" in OOoWriter serve a slightly different purpose than they do in Word. More information on this topic to be added later.

To do this…

In Microsoft Word…

In OOoWriter…

Define margins

File > Page Setup > Margins

Format > Page > Page

Specify different headers and footers on first, odd, and even pages

File > Page Setup > Layout > Headers and Footers section

Define different page styles for First, Left (even), and Right (odd) pages,
using Header and Footer tabs

Edit headers and footers

View > Headers and Footers, then type or insert fields; can also double-click in existing header or footer regions

After you have specified Header and Footer areas for a page, they are always active. Single-click to type or insert fields

Change from roman to arabic page numbers in the footer of a page

Insert a section break, deselect "Same as Previous" in the footer of the second section, then define a new footer with page numbers restarting at 1 in arabic numerals

Insert a manual page break and apply a different page style; specify a starting page number of 1.

Use paragraph styles for page layout

Can define paragraph styles with offset from left margin, with heading styles aligned left or right

Can define paragraph styles with offset from left margin, with heading styles aligned left or right

Use columns for page layout

Insert continuous sections to switch from single to multiple columns on one page

Format > Page > Columns (or)

Insert/Format > Section > Columns (or) other methods

Use frames or text boxes for page layout

Frames are used in Word 97 but mostly replaced by text boxes in Word 2000 and 2002; can be linked to flow text from one to next, as in a newsletter

Insert > Frame (can link frames to flow text from one to next, as in a newsletter); "text boxes" are fields, not positioning devices

Use tables for page layout

Table > Insert > Table (use dialog to format)

Insert > Table (use dialog to format)

Put portrait headers on landscape pages

Use rotated text box linked to header – can include fields for page numbers etc

Use rotated text frame — but cannot include fields, therefore of limited usefulness

Set first page number to greater than 1

Insert > Page Numbers > Format

See How to start page numbering with a number greater than 1

View and edit facing pages

File > Print Preview; click Zoom button to enable editing

File > Page Preview; cannot edit when previewing

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