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       thanks; some more good tips.

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 5:07 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
Styles and Templates are a really fast way of imposing new formatting
after you have converted it all into plain text.  It might sound like
something that is going to take ages but you would be surprised at how fast
you can get through it the way people are recommending.  It surprised me!

With Word i had often spent hours trying to un-mess documents from other
people but Writer's use of styles makes it fast and simple.

Another advantage with Writer's use of styles is that you can change the
font throughout a document really quickly.  Just right-click on the "text
body" style and change the font there.  Same with the "default" style and
then as you go through other styles you have used you may find some have
already changed automatically.

I sometimes select a large area of text and force it to change style
between a few different styles that i don't want the text to appear in and
then settle it all as "text-body".  That usually clears a lot of the
messes.  Then just go through and select headings and sub-headings and set
their style as "heading1" or "heading 2" or whatever is the appropriate

See Chapter 3 in the Getting Started Guide as it probably has even faster
ways of getting through the document

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

From: lordmax tdf <>
Sent: Friday, 21 December 2012, 10:13
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Styles and regular expression in

Hi all

Thanks for your suggestion but it isn't a way I can walk.
I have documents of more than 500 pages, if I must reformat all I never

I can't remove all formatting and start from scratch because it take too
many time.
I can't remove all blank paragraphs because many of them are useful.
I can't use regex for automatize the work.
It's really a sin.

So well, I must work on Office Word first for formatting document and
then convert it.
I would want to work totally on libreoffice but it isn't possible

Thanks to all

Il 21/12/2012 02:27, anne-ology ha scritto:
        When I do this, nothing is lost except the formatting ...
              merely 'select all' -> copy -> paste to notepad -> all the
text will be there; just re-format everything and place back in line

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM, VA <> wrote:

This may not be much help, but when I have been faced with a converted
that was such a formatting mess, I would just save it as a plain text
and format from scratch, creating and applying the specific Styles I
wanted. There are drawbacks to this, as you will lose some of your
such as footnotes.

Good luck.

From: lordmax tdf
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:58 AM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Styles and regular expression in

Hi all

I'm on libreoffice 3.6 italian version
I'm working on many ebook in epub format.
Fortunately libreoffice has a great extension, writer2epub, who's

My problem is that original files (word exported by indesign) are a
with styles, fonts, etc
Really a chaos.

I need some way to get some works on styles via reg ex but I've found
nothing, nor in the help, nor in the wiki, nor of useful on internet

My first need is to modify lines before and after the chapter title.
In my doc I've a blank line, a line with the chapter title and one or
more blank lines all in header1 style

I haven't found a way to select styles via regex and I can't simply
change all the blank lines because they are in many different styles

I've already searched on internet and in the libreoffice/openoffice
forum but I haven't find any solutions.

Can you help me?


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