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If you are copying and pasting the text into your document, then "paste
without formatting" will paste the text in and adopt the
style/formatting at the cursor. I have assigned ctl-k on my machines to
paste unformatted. I can quickly ctl-ins , ctl-k to copy-paste 1 handed
and not muck up my formatting. You may not have realised that normal
copy-paste adds the style of the copied text into your document, and
with a lot of copy-paste actions you can end up with a plethora of
unwanted styles throughout your document.

On 13/04/2019 00:08, Carl Paulsen wrote:
Steve, I think you may have hit the nail on the head.  I'll look into
upgrading and see if that changes anything.  I think the issue may
well have been that I was selecting "paragraphs" with different
formatting (my quotes aren't to draw attention but rather to indicate
I don't mean only book-like paragraphs) and trying to apply tabs to
those.  If I repeatedly use a specific format, I'd definitely consider
Styles.  But there seem to be a lot of complicated considerations for
using Styles (the nesting/heirarchy topics I mentioned in my other

Anyway, thank you.


On 4/8/19 3:53 PM, Steve Edmonds wrote:
I am on 6.07 but your issue is dredging up some memories where I think I
noticed the same situation.
With a paragraph as a block of text terminating in a line break (rather
than the older paragraph in a book interpretation), I think I noticed
that when I selected multiple paragraphs with different tab settings
that I couldn't edit tab settings in the ruler and there was no TAB tab
in the paragraph format dialogue.
This was before 6.07 which is not showing the issue, may have been 6.05
or 5 series.
In some cases I set the tabs one paragraph at a time, in others I  just
set the default style for the block of text and then re-formatted
characteristics, including tabs.

If there are a lot of paragraphs to format the same way, I would suggest
creating a style and then you can easily apply the same formatting

On 09/04/2019 00:34, Carl Paulsen wrote:
LO on Mac Sierra (10.12.6)

In some cases I can click into a line and set tabs normally.  In the
document where I had the problem I believe it was a bulleted list or
indented text (hanging indent I think) where I was having the
problem.  I opened the document today and quickly tried it again and
can't find the section I was having problems in.  But I'm pretty sure
I removed all formatting and started over in that section, at which
point it worked.  Wish I could reproduce it, as it was quite
frustrating.  My guess is it was something to do with whatever
formatting was applied in that section.  I don't yet use Styles so any
formatting would have been set manually, and that would have been

If I encounter it again I'll be sure to post again, and try to post a
sample document.

On 4/8/19 7:19 AM, Dave Howorth wrote:
On Mon, 8 Apr 2019 14:32:05 +1200
Steve Edmonds <> wrote:

What version of LO do you have.
Just as a test, can you click into just 1 line and then add a tab
to the ruler.
Also what OS?

In addition, can you post an example of the text/document that you
cannot format tabs for somewhere? Perhaps it is a data-dependent
problem, since tab stops work as you expect for other people including

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