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Gary Collins wrote:

Ah, I think I didn't state my problem clearly, as usual!
What I mean is, I want the cells of the bottom row to be offset by half a cell horizontally from 
those in the top row, so that the vertical borders of the top row come halfway across the cells 
of the bottom row.
I've tried importing a selected row of cells from calc into draw to do this, in theory I think 
this ought to work well, but the problem I'm experiencing there is that cell size and formatting 
don't seem to be preserved when pasting the row.

I have tried that and it worked. What I did:

Select a large numer of columns in Calc, and set the columns to the required width.
You can then merge pairs of cells. Actually you don't have to do all of them. If you have 4 or 5 
merged cells, just copy these a number of times to the other columns.
And then you copy this to another row starting at the second cell, so that it gets indented.

Now if you copy/paste these to Writer they seem to keep their widths. But you have to use Edit > 
Paste Special > Formatted Text. For me the column widths are preserved. O, yes, if you do something 
with the column widths in Writer, with Table Properties > Columns, select 'Adapt table width'. This 
causes the table width to follow the sum of the column widths instead of being fixed.

Piet van Oostrum <>
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