Paragraph and page borders and backgrounds

Adding a background color and a border to a paragraph is a good way to make it stand out without having to use a frame. You can customize the background and border of the paragraph areas using the corresponding pages of the paragraph style dialog. In addition to highlighting, borders are also often used to separate header and footer areas from the main text area (such as in this guide) as well as decorative elements in some heading styles.

The two pages are fairly intuitive. You may want to pay attention to the following points when working with the Background page:

  • In case you do not find the desired color in the list of predefined ones, you can define your own by selecting Tools > Options > Colors.
  • You can use a graphic instead of a solid color as background. Select Graphic in the drop-down menu, then select the graphic object you want to use and adjust the parameters, as required. Detailed instructions on working with graphic backgrounds can be found in the Impress Guide.
  • The background is applied to the paragraph area, so that if you have defined some indentations, the space between the paragraph and the margin remains of the page color.

With regard to the Borders page, the following points are worth considering:

  • Watch out for the effects that the spacing between borders and paragraph area produces on indentations and tabulations.
  • If you want the border to be drawn around multiple paragraphs, leave the corresponding option at the bottom of the page marked.

Page borders and backgrounds

Borders and backgrounds for pages are part of the page style. Use the Background tab of the page style dialog to apply a background or the Border page to draw a border around the text area of the page. You can choose between a solid color or a graphic image for the background and several line styles for the borders.

Note that these backgrounds and borders do not include the margin area, but they do include the header and footer area. If you want a color or image to cover the entire page (or any part of the margins) on some pages, you can create a special page style with zero-width page margins and apply that style to those pages. To include text (such as a chapter title) on such a page, create paragraph styles with appropriate margins, or place the text in a frame and position the frame where you want the text to appear. The details of these techniques are described in the Writer Guide.

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