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Thanks for the reply.
I have View>Toolbars>Drawing enabled. In that I have 2 callout options, a speech bubble and a rectangular text callout. Your icon set may differ. I am using the callouts to annotate some images for reference in my explanation text.

If I add a rectangular text callout I can right click and edit some characteristics. With the callout selected, I can use the menu Format>Text Box and Shape. Possibly callouts are still "in development" as, although my document units are cm and last week the callout properties were in cm, today callout properties are in inches.

There is also a funny quirk where callouts become invisible (but still there) when the anchor is not in an appropriate place.


On 24/07/2021 08:18, John Kaufmann wrote:
On 2021-07-18 17:05, Steve Edmonds wrote:

Is it possible to set Writer callout text paragraph style (or default settings, if so where please. This is to avoid having to change the font and left hand offset in every line callout one at a time.

When I first saw this question, I had no clue what you were asking (having never used callouts), so looked forward to an answer, to at least help understand the question.  When no answer came, I tried the LibreOffice 7.1 Help on "callout" -- and found it unhelpful:

"Opens the Callouts toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document."

But that leaves these problems:
(1) It's not clear WHAT "Opens the Callouts toolbar" [apparent bug in the Help], and IAC: (2) As installed (that is, in the default configuration), View=>Toolbars shows *no* "Callouts toolbar".

As for (1): *WHAT* opens the Callouts toolbar?

As for (2): The lack of a toolbar, which is supposed to exist, led me to:
    View => Toolbars => Customize...
In the Toolbars tab, with <Scope:LibreOffice Writer>, the <Target> box shows "Callouts" among the possible tool bars, but gives no control (that I can see) for how to make it appear in the View=>Toolbars menu.

Further, after much searching, I found that the Drawing toolbar has these three apparently-relevant commands:
    <Category:Options>    "Callout Shapes"
    <Category:Drawing>    "Callouts"
    <Category:Drawing>    "Vertical Callouts"
(The command categories were found in a subsequent command search on "callout".)

But none of that gets any closer to /using/ these commands.  So, at the most basic level of use: How do you /invoke/ callouts? - via a Callouts toolbar or the Drawing toolbar? If you use a Callouts toolbar, how do you make it appear?


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