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On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM, Brian Barker <>wrote:

At 18:04 27/01/2013 -0500, Taang Zomi wrote:

In LibreOffice 3.3 Math Guide (0700MG33-MathGuide3.3.odt), on p. 14, the
following is written:

*Numbering equations*

Equation numbering is one of LibreOffice Math's best hidden features. The
steps are simple, but obscure:
1. Start a new line.
2. Type *fn* and then press *F3*.

When I typed fn and pressed F3, nothing happened. In the document the fn
I typed appeared, not the desired result.  I do not know whether my F3 key
did not work.

I think what you may be doing (understandably) is to try this in a Math
document - and I cannot see how it works there.  Instead, it works as
described in a text (Writer) document.  Indeed, I notice that the version
of the Math Guide for LibreOffice version 3.5 has corrected "Equation
numbering is one of LibreOffice Math's best hidden features" to read
"Equation numbering is one of Writer's best hidden features".

In a text document, in a new paragraph or after a space, type "fn" and
press F3.  A table with a single row of two columns appears, containing a
dummy equation and the required number (as a field).  You need only to
double-click the equation to open the Math window at the bottom of the
window, where you can remove the dummy equation's definition and replace it
with your own.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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Dear Brian,

Thank you very much for your reply.

Recently I became interested in linguistic phonology, and so I tried
LibreOffice Math. I rarely tried Math before. So I am a Math novice.

I guide I used was LibreOffice 3.3 Math, which was a bit old. Now I
downloaded LibreOffice 3.5.5 Math Guide.

The typing of fn and the pressing of F3 yields an onscreen message:

AutoText for Shortcut " not found.

Something seems to be missing on my computer. Perhaps I need to re-install
LibreOffice 3.6.4, which I am using?

I have some more questions which I hope I can post here in the near future.


Taang Zomi


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