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Hi all,

Actually none of these things are happening Tom. The only way that I can get what I want is by selecting every instance individually which is just impractical.

Steve, I can do exactly the same as well but once the changes are selected there is no difference at all when I start typing. I select my desired size and click Apply, then when I reopen the document... the changes are still there. However, when I press Ctrl-Shift-P to get superscript (or Ctrl-Shift-B for subscript) the size is back to 58%. As I said before, I can change it after I have typed it by selecting it and then going to Format -> Character and changing it to 70%. I just cannot find a way so that whenever I toggle super/sub-script on... I get the desired size. I've followed the directions in the writer guide, and this seems to me to be intuitively what should be done... but no effect takes place. That's why I thought it could be a bug.


On 31/05/13 09:48, Steve Edmonds wrote:
I have Default showing as my style (dropdown above and to left of the typing area), just typed some letters on a page, right clicked, Edit Paragraph Style.... There I change the superscript and subscript values to say 40%. I apply and exit. If I exit LO and then start a new document the superscript and subscript are still 40%.
This is in LO3.6 and 4.1. The automatic box is ticked.

Does this describe what you are wanting to do.

On 31/05/13 10:41 AM, Tim Vivian-Griffiths wrote:
Dear all,

Thank you very much for your replies. Here is the link to my post in the forum:

I have put a fair bit of description of the issue there, but let me know if I can give any more information. I have tried to save the changes as a template and then save it and make it default, but it didn't change anything unfortunately. I think the main problem is that the Automatic box gets checked again as soon as I close the window. It's not a problem that arises when starting a new document but as soon as I try to make the changes.

I know that this is a small issue, but it would be great to solve it as the size of 58% just looks ridiculous :-\


On 30/05/13 23:18, Steve Edmonds wrote:
To have the settings (changes) you make stay for a new document you may need to make these changes to the default style and then save the document as a template and make it your default. This is the first thing I do as I do not like the default font and margins.


On 2013-05-31 09:06, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Did you get any answers at all over at the AOO forums? Any chance of giving us a link to your thread there?
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Tim Vivian-Griffiths <>
To: LibreOffice <>
Sent: Thursday, 30 May 2013, 17:54
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Default Superscript and Subscript size

Dear all,

Just wondering if someone could help me with this. I have posted a question in the openoffice forums, but I wasn't able to get any help, and someone advised me to maybe report a bug.

Basically, I am trying to change the default size of the superscript and subscript to make them larger than 58% which is the default. I have tried to change them by modifying the setting under styles and formatting 'Position' tab. I change the size and uncheck the 'Automatic' box for both superscript and subscript, but as soon as I close the window, the changes do not take effect and then when I reopen the Position tab, the Automatic boxes are checked again.

Of note, I can change the size if I highlight the relevant section and then change it via the Format -> Character setting, however, I do not want to have to do this every time. I am using LibreOffice version in Ubuntu 12.04.

Many thanks,


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