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Thanks for the tip Brian.

What you suggest "works," although it certainly isn't a particularly
efficient method of working. It seems, however, that it is the only workable
method of accomplishing what I'm trying to do so I guess I'll have to live
with it. I do have Word loaded in a Windoze virtual machine, but I hate
firing that up unless absolutely necessary.

In BUG#34436, someone suggested using Shift+Enter, which seemed like an
easier thing to do while in the course of attempting to write, but the text
entered in that fashion is always centered, and I tried everything I could
think of to get it left justified to no avail. So no dice. Even so, I don't
understand why the Enter key would need to be shifted for this.

With the text being entered via the text object in the drawing bar (as you
suggest), the other drawback is that I can't easily match the styles in the
other part of the document - i.e. the formatting capabilities are a little
primitive. I guess this part hasn't been well integrated into the overall
scheme of things (perhaps that's why it works, since there's obviously some
quirk somewhere).

One of the developers (maybe?) made a comment in the aforementioned bug
discussions that, since there is a work-around (a statement I find to be
something of a stretch given the effort involved), there was no need to work
on this. I've been retired for a while, but if this were a commercial
enterprise, I would certainly question that, since the symptoms have all the
earmarks of a lurking (and possibly simple) code error that will eventually
cause other problems - and perhaps already does.

Sorry for the rant (I was hoping to get some work done today since there's
no Bears game), and thanks for responding.


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