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Hi :)
Good to see you here chap.  Welcome in :))

The almost-crash greying out is serious.  It's happened to me in the
distant past but not for ages.  Is the machine really low spec?  If
not then try adjusting the "memory" settings

Tools - Options - Memory

Just bump everything right up.  Not even as a percentage.  On my
fairly low-spec system here i currently have;
Use for LO ~ 50Mb
per object ~ 20Mb
number of objects ~ 20
but on higher spec machines i'd probably bump "Use for LO" up to
100-400Mb.  I'm not sure though because even my fairly low settings do
all i need almost all the time.  it's only Ram and if you are not
using Windows then you probably have plenty to spare on LO.

The more usual cause of crashing is Java.  Can you switch it off?  The
only places Java still gets used is some Extensions, maybe still some
wizards and if you have a database using the internal backend.   Errr,
also accessibility tools still default to using Java but we are moving
away from that in the next few releases [quietly thanks Apache and IBM
and our devs who have been working at this].

Generally we recommend using an external back-end if you are using
Base and the rest of it is all very rare.  For accessibility you could
switch to "experimental features" to test-drive the non-java way for
screen-readers etc.

Tools - Options - Advanced

and untick the "use Java" tick-box at the very top.  If it turns out
that it does need java then it grumbles and allows you to re-tick and
re-try whatever you were doing.  So i ran it that way for a few weeks
before removing Java completely.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 2 April 2014 04:20, Joe Aquilina <> wrote:
Hello, I am new to this list and have a couple of questions.

I am using LibreOffice on Kubuntu Linux v13.10 if version/OS is

The first is about footers in Writer and I guess it is more a curiosity than
a problem. Whenever I insert a footer into a Writer document in a multipage
document, no matter where I am in the document, Writer takes me to the
bottom of page 3 of the document to insert the footer.  Of course then I
have to scroll back to where I was working before creating the footer. This
is really just an annoyance but does anyone know why Writer does this and if
it is possible to stop this behaviour? It would seem to me to be more
logical to insert the footer while remaining on whichever page I am working
at that time.

The other question is a little more serious. Sometimes in Writer but more
often in Calc, LibreOffice just locks up. Not just LibreOffice, but the
whole system. For example, yesterday while using Calc and trying to
drag-copy a cell down a column for a number of rows to replicate a formula,
as soon as the drag was started, the computer just locked up. The mouse
cursor would move but nothing would respond to a mouseclick. It wa snot
possible to stop LibreOffice or start/stop any other programs, <Alt><Tab>
wouldn't work. The computer also didn't respond to a <Ctrl><Alt><Del>.

While it was eventually possible to start up a terminal in Linux and kill
the LibreOffice process and reopen the document, some work was lost as a
result. It doesn't happen often but often enough to be a nuisance.

Is this behaviour a known bug? Does anyone else see this problem and does
anyone have any suggestions as to what might be causing it?

Thanks in advance.

Joe Aquilina

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