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Hi :)
There do seem to be a few different distinct "camps".  It might be good to have a single place that 
individuals that appear to fall into such a camp could be sign-posted to for them to pick-up the 
majority of settings that other such individuals also liked.  

One camp is the minimalist camp with people such as the o.p. who would just prefer to switch off a 
lot of the fancy stuff we tend to assume "all" users want because it helps productivity.  Such 
people turn off predictive-texting on mobiles and other such things.  I'm sure all of us know 
plenty of examples of people in this camp and some of us live there for a while and revisit 
sometimes.  Having one place that has a script and/or other things to help someone get back to 
basics easily might be really great.  Lol, or it might be such a complete contradiction that they 
wouldn't trust it to really do the job!

I like almost all the default settings in LO now but do have a lot of fun trying out different 
Regards from
Tom :) 

From: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, 14:20
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] [Ten questions]

     I think this is what is known as a catch 22. With the number of people using LO, different 
people have different lists of options that they want to use. It is impossible to please everyone 
at the same time.
     For the die-hard, there may be a solution found in the autocorr folder. Search for 
share/autocorr to find it. This folder contains  dat files with the language indicated in the name 
of the file. They contain all the settings of AutoCorrect. It seems that you could save this file 
and put it in this same autocorr folder.


On 11/21/2012 08:12 AM, VA wrote:
These questions raise an interesting design decision made by LibO.

When it comes to Autocorrect, I've noticed that, by default, LibO enables all of the Autocorrect 
options. LibO naturally assumes that, if I type a "(c)", what I REALLY want is a copyright 
symbol. It seems to me that is the same faulty assumption that has made people so frustrated 
with MS Word; the software publisher decide what people want and sets the defaults accordingly.

Every time I load a fresh install of LibO, the first thing I have to do is go into Autocorrect 
and disable nearly all of the options. I think it would make more sense for the default install 
to have Autocorrect disabled and allow the user to enable it as desired.


-----Original Message----- From: Brian Barker
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:43 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] [Ten questions]

At 15:11 20/11/2012 -0500, Charles Meyer wrote:
Right now, I'd appreciate it if anyone can please share how to do the following in Writer?

1. Suppress header on the first page of a text document

Use different page styles for the first and subsequent pages.  Set
the header only for the subsequent pages (or use an empty header on
the first page).  Either insert a manual page break after the first
page or set the subsequent page style as the "next style" for the
first page style.  The existing "First Page" and "Default" page
styles will do this for you automatically.

2. Keep a dotted line across a page without it automatically becoming a solid line

Either disable the facility at Tools | AutoCorrect Options... |
Options | Apply Border or - more easily - just use Edit | Undo (or
Ctrl+Z) immediately the unwanted correction occurs.

3. Change line spacing - context menu - where's that?

Paragraph... | Indents & Spacing | Line spacing or Edit Paragraph
Style... | Indents & Spacing | Line spacing, as appropriate.

4. Suppressing hyperlinks

Disable at Tools | AutoCorrect Options... | Options | URL Recognition
or use Edit | Undo (or Ctrl+Z) as above.  Or right-click | Remove Hyperlink.

5. Indents  - where and how to change

Paragraph... | Indents & Spacing | Indent or Edit Paragraph Style...
| Indents & Spacing | Indent.

6. Turn on/off Fast Save - so document doesn't leave personal info in a document

See Tools | Options... | Load/Save | General and File | Properties...
| General.

7. Turn on/off the Track Changes tool

Edit | Changes > | Record.

8. Strike-through a word or sentence - context menu again?

Character... | Font Effects | Strikethrough or Edit Paragraph
Style... | Font Effects | Strikethrough.

9. Eliminating hard returns

Depends on exactly what you want to do.  Use "$" in regular
expressions in Find & Replace.

10. Print file list of file names in a sub-directory

Ask your operating system.

11. (The question you didn't ask)  Where do I find the answers to
these questions?

Download the Writer Guide or study the embedded help system.  Or both.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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