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At 21:02 07/11/2014 -0500, Virgil Arrington wrote:
I've used LO and its predecessors for about 15 years now. I recently noticed that the dialog boxes for outline numbering have changed. In the past, under the "position" tab for outline numbering, the numbering position was determined by settings such as "width of numbering" and "minimum space to text." Now the numbering position is determined by settings such as "numbering followed by" and "aligned at." This newer dialog seems to follow the practice of MS Word and will, I think, increase compatibility of LO .doc files.

But, now I have a mishmash in my documents. Older documents have the older dialog boxes and newer documents have the newer, even though I load them into the same instance of LO. I'd like to get all my documents working the same, but I've seen no way of changing the outline numbering in old documents to match the newer dialogs. I've played with some of the "compatibility" settings under "tools/options," but I've found nothing that seems to have any effect.

This change was evidently inherited from The current OpenOffice help text explains: 'The Position tab page looks different for documents using the new position and spacing attributes introduced with 3.0, or documents using the old attributes from versions before 3.0. The new version of this tab page shows the controls "Numbering followed by", "Numbering alignment", "Aligned at", and "Indent at". The old version of this tab page that can be seen in an old numbered or bulleted list shows the controls "Indent", "Width of numbering", "Minimum space numbering <-> text", and "Numbering alignment".'

Once a document has been created with outline numbering, is there a way to make LO change the way it establishes the position of the numbering (i.e., with "numbering followed by" a tab, rather than "width of numbering.") It seems to be an either/or with LO, and I can't figure out how it decides which dialog option to give me.

It appears that it decides on the basis of how any existing numbering is already represented in the document. Presumably the only way to change existing documents would be somehow to remove all traces of the older technique. What happens if you remove all outline numbering from the document, save it, reopen it, and attempt to reapply the numbering? You could try this on a copy.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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