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On 04/13/2017 09:50 AM, charles meyer wrote:
I’m trying to create/insert an arrow into a .png file using Libre Draw.

But, it’s not working.

I click the chosen arrow along the left in the Drawing toolbar and the
cursor changes from the usual I-beam to cross hairs.

I then move the cursor to where I want one end of the line or arrow to be,
and then I press the left mouse button to try to drag the mouse to the
other end of the line or arrow position but it moves the entire photo.

If I Right click the mouse, it cancels everything.

I tried first with the thin black arrows (choosing the diagonal one) in the
boxes along the left of the screen and then tried with the thick blue
arrows but neither worked.

I’m not sure what step (if any) I’m missing?

Thank for your help.


I had this problem a long time ago. The solution was in the layers concept. The layers are the tabs at the lower left of the drawing area. It looks like the default layers are "Layout", "Controls", and "Dimension Lines". However, you can add layers to these. The object, your png file, must be "locked" once you have it where you want it, to prevent it from being modified. You right-click on the layer tab containing the png object and then select "Locked" from the options. From then on, anything on this layer may not be modified and anything you add on a different layer, can be edited on top of the locked object without moving it. You may need to "Bring to front" an added object if it is behind the png object. The object in the locked layer will not be selectable with this option.

Now, how to change a layer for a selected object, I cannot remember. Here is what the help says:

 Moving Objects to a Different Layer

Drawings in OpenOffice Draw support layers.


   Click and hold the object until its edges flash.


   Drag the object to the name tab of the layer you want to move it to.


   Release the object.

You can see what layer a selected object is on at the bottom status line. For example, There is a "Slide 1/1 (Layout)" where "(Layout)" is the currently selected object's layer.

The help seems to be pretty good on layers.  I would suggest reading it.


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