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On 11/08/2014 05:29 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
That sounds truly bizarre!

1.  Do you have different versions of LibreOffice installed in parallel?

No, only one version. I do have a Windows/Ubuntu dual boot with LO 4.1.5 on the Windows side and LO 4.2.7 on the Ubuntu side, but I've seen this behavior long before either of those versions.

I first noticed this behavior several years ago when I was sharing documents between LO and Word. At the time, the two programs did outline numbering differently. LO controlled number spacing with the "width of numbering" method whereas Word always automatically inserted a "tab" character between the outline number and the following text. At the time, I preferred the LO method, but it resulted in some inconsistencies when documents were shared between the two programs. I first noticed the "newer" dialog boxes (with "Numbering followed by" option) when I imported a .DOC document into LO. I'm assuming LO sensed the additional "tab" characters after the numbering that were embedded in the .DOC document file and loaded up the appropriate outline dialog box. But, at the time the default LO dialog box for my .ODT documents still gave the "Width of numbering" option instead of the "Numbering followed by" option. However, now it seems as if the "Numbering followed by" option is the new LO default.

My guess is that LO is sensing that my older documents have numbering positioned with the "width of numbering" method and automatically calls up that dialog box. But, once that method is used in a given document, it appears that it remains with that document. In playing more with it this morning, I've found the following:

1. I can control the outline method at the template level. I took an old LO document and saved it as a template, thereby preserving the old method of outline numbering.

2. If I insert an old LO file (with the "width of numbering" method) into a template that has the "numbering followed by" option, any outline numbering in the file is converted to the latter method.

What's more interesting is that, if I click on the contextual help while in the outline numbering dialog box, the help screen provides an explanation for *all* the possible options of both dialog boxes as if they were all available in one box. But, at any time for any document, one is only given one option, i.e., *either* "Numbering followed by" or "Width of numbering."


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