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Hi :)

I think there is a balance somewhere.  I found that about 20mins of reading
the "Published Guides" chapter on styles and spending about 10mins messing
with settings saved me about an hour or more on a task that had previously
taken at least an hour.  I can't remember the exact times but it was
something like that.  It's probably in the archives from maybe 2-3 years
ago but it's not worth looking up better estimates.

Of course i was panicking at the time so i wasn't in the best frame of mind
for really taking it all in but even a small investment of time helped save
me quite a bit of time that one time and has continued to save me tons of
time ever since.  I do often go with the defaults but keep meaning to
set-up a set of styles to make all my different letters a bit more
consistent with each other across different systems.

I think you can get some useful time-saving stuff without having to spend
hours setting it up.  That hopefully gives you more time to improve on your
styles to make more time-savings and/or to make your documents look
Regards from
Tom :)

On 5 November 2014 00:23, Virgil Arrington <> wrote:

On 11/4/2014 12:46 PM, jomali wrote:

I can't say I agree with Virgil. You can't help working with styles.
Whenever you create a document, the default set of styles is automatically
applied. When you create a numbered or bulleted list, you are applying the
associated styles automatically. The other styles (e.g., heading styles)
are there for you to use if you need them, no matter how short or one-off
your document is. Learning to use the style system pays off handsomely,
even if you only need the defaults.



I fully agree with you. Just learning how styles control so much in Writer
is very helpful. But, I have spent literally hours setting up and modifying
styles. While it has been a labor of love for me, it has been a labor and a
major investment in time, time I might not have if all I'm trying to do is
type a three paragraph letter. And, there have been those times when the
styles just seem to want to fight against me. While I find such battles
fun, they do often distract from the task at hand.


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