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At 16:49 25/07/2013 +0100, Thom Brown wrote:
I have a Writer template (OTT) that I wish colleagues to use, but I would like the first couple pages to contain instructions on how to use the template. Naturally I wouldn't want these to be printed or exported to a PDF. Is there any way to mark pages as unprintable/non-exportable in a template so that I don't have to include an instruction to users to delete those 2 pages before exporting? I don't want to mark just the text as non-printable as this will still occupy space, and I also have a header and footer that would be produced on those 2 pages anyway.

I don't know any simple way to do this. You are basically scuppered, I think, by the WYSIWYG principle: anything you don't want printed won't display - at least by default - and it's assumed that you will want anything that does display to be printed.

The best I can suggest is to mark the text as hidden (which you can do in various ways). Then you have to tell the users to tick the option at Tools | Options... | LibreOffice Writer | Formatting Aids | Display of | Hidden text, and also to switch on the display of non-printing characters. The option at Tools | Options... | LibreOffice Writer | Print | Contents | Hidden text needs to be unticked, but that should be so by default.

I don't think headers and footers on the corresponding pages are any problem: if the text of the pages is not printed, then there will be no pages for the headers and footers to appear on and they will be suppressed too. Page Preview will correctly show the material to be printed - and yes: this works equally for exporting to PDF.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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