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On 10/19/2012 10:44 AM, charles meyer wrote:
Hi Folks,

I'm new to Libre Office but I read how you can create your own default
font style and size so a blank document will open to that default
style and size.

I'm trying to set Libre Writer so that when I open a saved plain text
(.txt) file it opens to my created default style and size.

Right now it opens to Preformatted Text - Courier New 10 point.

I've visited Styles and Formatting and right clicked on Preformatted
Text and chosen Modify and changes the font to Bookman Old 12 point
and clicked Apply, then OK.

I then reopened Preformatted Text style and it indeed displays my
chosen font and size.

However, still when I open a saved plain text file it opens to
Preformatted Text but with Courier New 10 point - not the Bookman Old
12 point I chose and saved.

Would anyone know if you can open saved plain documents to a desired
font style and size or are you always stuck with Courier New 10 point
whenever you open a plain text file?

I know I can highlight all the text in the opened plain text file and
chosoe the Default style and it will change back to my desired font
and style but is there any way of ensuring any plain text files will
open to a desired font stye?

Thank you so much,


AFAIK *.txt do not store any complex formating information beyond what is found in the character set (UTF-8 typically). Thus tabs, carriage returns, line feeds are encoded; they are part of the character set. Bold, italic, font, size are not part of the character set; thus are not encoded. When you open a txt file, it appears to open using the mono space font set as your system default (mine is "Droid Sans Mono", 10 point). Typically, text editors use mono space fonts so that each character/space has the same width which makes "eyeballing" the layout for source code easier when indenting. *txt files are also called "plain text" files because that is what they are just plain text.

After formating the text, I would save as the file as *.odt (and *.doc if sharing) formats to preserve the desired formating.

Jay Lozier

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