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Hi everyone,

With LibreOffice 5.2 coming up in early August, I'm going to start work on the New Features videos. This time we will have four videos: a general one containing changes that affect all components in the suite, followed by separate videos for Writer, Calc and Impress.

All feedback welcome! And once we're all happy with the script, if anyone wants to start work on translations into other languages, that would be really appreciated as well.


In LibreOffice 5.2, many new features have been added which can be used in all components of the suite.

New drawing tools are available, including filled curves, polygons and freeform lines.

For improved security, multiple signature descriptions are now supported, along with import and export of signatures from OOXML files.

In addition, documents can be classified according to TSCP standards, to make sure only the right people can read them.

When printing a document, Print to File is now available in the list of printers.

If you use Google Drive for storage, two-factor authentication support has been included.

Finally, it's now possible to customise most of the context menus, for even greater control of the interface.

See our other videos for new features in Writer, Calc and Impress.


LibreOffice 5.2 brings several improvements and updates to Writer, the word processor.

A single toolbar mode has been added, to save screen space on low-resolution devices.

It's now possible to show and hide the track changes toolbar via a button.

In the Cross References view, a new filter helps you to narrow down selections quickly.

The bookmarks dialog has been redesigned to be easier to use.

Finally, the Save toolbar button includes a quick Save as Template option, so you don't have to go through the menu.


In LibreOffice 5.2, Calc has been enhanced with new features to help you work smarter with spreadsheets.

New functions have been added, along with extensive tooltips that describe what a function does as you type it.

It's now possible to quickly freeze the first column or row of a sheet via the toolbar or context menu.

Multiple status bar functions can be active at the same time, to provide a quick overview of your data.

The currency toolbar icon now includes a drop-down menu to quickly choose the currency you want to use.

A single toolbar mode has been added that contains the most-used operations, to save on screen space.

And finally, when removing the border from selected cells, you can also choose to remove the border from adjacent cells as well.


LibreOffice 5.2 includes several updates to Impress, to help you create and manage presentations more efficiently.

When working with custom animations, you can now quickly add an effect to an element via the sidebar, instead of using a separate dialog box.

The list of effects in the sidebar now includes a description of the effect, along with the element name.

In the properties sidebar, a new Slide Background panel lets you quickly change the format, orientation and background image of a slide.

Finally, a new toolbar button has been added to quickly show or hide the drawing tools.

Mike Saunders, Marketing & PR
The Document Foundation

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