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Aha! OK I think I fixed it by changing the default paragraph style in the
master doc to left-justified. Thank you! Unfortunately the child documents
are traded with a business associated so it really is better I keep them in
their native format which is docx unfortunately.

On Thu, Aug 6, 2015 at 3:48 PM, Brian Barker <>

At 14:33 06/08/2015 -0400, Nobody Noname wrote:

Can someone please explain why the text justification formatting is not
maintained in this example please?

By design, I think. The Writer Guide (Chapter 13) says "If a style with
the same name exists in the master document and in the subdocuments (for
example, Default Style), then the style is applied as defined in the master
document." The idea is evidently that different layouts can be maintained
in subdocuments and their reflection in master documents.

Any workarounds? I open the child file and note the text is left
justified. I then open the master (parent) file that references only this
child file, and the text is center justified.

Because your Default paragraph style in the master document is centre

I change this to left justified and try and save the changes. Then on
closing and re-opening the master file - the changes are not maintained.

You set left alignment using paragraph formatting. When you reopen the
master document, I think it refreshes the text from the subdocument and
your change is overridden. If you set the left alignment in paragraph
*style* formatting instead (i.e. change the master document's Default
paragraph style), you should find that your change is preserved.

If you prefer, I think you can create a custom paragraph style in the
subdocument (with a name different from any existing in the master
document) and apply this to the text there. That style should then be
automatically imported into the master document.

I'm not sure why you are saving your subdocument in the foreign .docx
format; wouldn't LibreOffice's native .odt format be easier and more

You will want to read "Styles in master documents and subdocuments" in
Chapter 13 of the Writer Guide, particularly the reference to templates. If
you change the Default paragraph style in whatever template you used so
that it has left rather than centre alignment, you may find matters easier
to control.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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