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I'm with you on this one Virgil.
Is there a way to show the styles in a section of text, a bit like showing the tags in HTML. If I have a bit of text with a paragraph style, a character style and direct formatting, how do I see what is applied where.
On 2013-07-14 10:42, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I personally think it would be great if LO had a "lock styles" feature that one could choose to prevent himself from making direct formatting changes without going through styles.

As you've noticed there are several layers of formatting methods and, when they're combined in a single document, the file confusion can be great.

Of course, I'm not at all suggesting that LO *require* all formatting to be styles based, only that it provide the user the opportunity to select such a feature.


-----Original Message----- From: Gabriel Risterucci
Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] A feature, or ...?

2013/7/13 Pablo Dotro <>

On 11/07/13 07:50, Virgil Arrington wrote:

Once you apply your style, you can clear any direct formatting by
selecting the text and hitting <Ctrl-M>. Everything should then snap to the
style-controlled formatting.


I've seen a case when this not always work. If you apply some direct
formatting (i.e. bold something by hand), then apply some charactery style,
then a paragraph style (with the format you really wanted in the first
place)... what you get is a mix of applied formatting that almost never
corresponds to the style you wanted. If you clear the direct formatting
there, it does not reset completely. You have to also remove the applied
character style to get the text to respond completely to the paragraph
It's annoying, but It could be considered a feature, not a bug ;-)

Well, it IS a feature. The direct formatting is *only* the direct
formatting: done using the toolbar buttons, or directly by doing right
click on the text and changing paragraph/characters here. Removing direct
formatting will *not* remove paragraph styles nor character styles since
they are, well, styles, not direct formatting.

It can get confusing, but you just have to remember that there is multiple
"layers" ​​of formatting applied to the text: paragraph styles, then
character styles, then direct formatting (don't ask me where the
conditional formatting goes).

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