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What format are the figures and how are you inserting them.
I have found that I get different results using copy and paste.
When I drag or import a jpeg it has scaling data in the file (dpi). A png works like a jpeg. When I copy to the clipboard and paste it is just bitmap and the table cell expands to fit the image. The image still does not change proportion.
A figure from draw works completely differently.


On 2012-10-02 07:23, Agustin Lobo wrote:
Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, by some reason, I do have different
settings by default on ubuntu, and when I do what you indicate my figures get
the size and shape of the cells.


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From: Steve Edmonds <>
Date: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: How to arrange figures on page (table?)

sorry for jumping in so late but I didn't think I could contribute.
Reading again I thought I didn't recollect problems and just tried a test.

I tried on both my openSUSE and kids Win7, 3.5 line of LO.
If I make a table and define the cell sizes and then go
Import>Picture>from File the picture is not distorted in the cell. It
fills the cell until it touches the frame without changing proportion
(shrinks to fit).
If I open explorer or dolphin and drag the image and drop into the
table cell it fills the cell as above (shrinks to fit).

If the image is small (smaller than the cell size) it just sits in the
cell without filling the cell.


On 2012-09-27 20:36, Agustin Lobo wrote:

Sorry for confusing you. But please note that

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM, Dan Lewis <> wrote:
       You are confusing me. You first complain about the figures getting
distorted by the cell you place them in. Now you mention that with my
suggestion the figures are not automatically resized to match the
arrangement in the frame. What is it that you really want?
automatically resizing is not equal to automatically distorting.
What I want is, either using a table, a frame or a several columns page format
(don't know which way would be most efficient), to define first the arrangement
of the figures and then paste them, so that figures adjust themselves to
the predefined arrangement but keeping their ratio, so that they do
not get distorted.
Very seldom the user wants the figures to match a predefined geometry
at the expense of getting distorted, I do not understand why "keep ratio" is
unselected by default in Picture/Type.

I think the example I provided, 4 figures arranged in a 2 x 2 scheme,
is good enough.
Regarding formats, I think that it should not matter, as any figure
should be pasted
without distortion by default.

I've got closer to what I want using a 2 columns page format, but I
had to define the style
and then have to select paste special/Bitmap. And in this way I cannot
make more complex
arrangements, as for example 2 rows with 3 small square figures in the
first row and one
single rectangular figure in the second row.

I think the easiest way would be defining a table, defining the sizes
of the cells and then pasting
the images within the table, getting the images appropriately resized
but without distortion.

Hopefully this clarifies my question.

Thanks for your help,


Dr. Agustin Lobo
Institut de Ciencies de la Terra "Jaume Almera" (CSIC)
Lluis Sole Sabaris s/n
08028 Barcelona
Tel. 34 934095410
Fax. 34 934110012

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