One more workaround that seems to have the least drawbacks for me is to apply
a very light shade of gray or some color to the background of the page. It
will include the main page, header and footer. Then, if you haven't already
done it, set your printing preferences in Writer to not print backgrounds.
Create a template for new documents and you are all set.
I've been trying to envision working with multiple columns and multiple
graphics images with text wrap--basic page payout. Yes, without the margin
guides you can get the job done, but I don't think it can be done as quickly
and as effortlessly.
Like I said above, this seems to be the way of the world right now and I
think most of it has been driven by Apple's change to the Mac OS Lion user
interface to make it more like iOS (and dumber as a result). Because of
Apple's mandatory autosave and versions in iWork Pages, I've now returned
100% to LibreOffice because it was driving me crazy and couldn't be turned
off. I think the Ubuntu Unity interface was created for much the same
reasons--prettier and dumber.
I'm the first to agree that LO Writer documents look way nicer without the
layout guides. Because of that, it may attract more novice users. Why
knows. But a requirement and an option are two completely different things.
Given that the code for the layout guides already exists, I seriously
question the wisdom of those who decided to make the change mandatory and
not an option. What they are essentially saying is that they know what's
best for me. Take it or leave it. When I find a better option, I'll leave
I'm know I'm probably violating whatever the rules of this forum are in
terms of editorializing, so this will be it.
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