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OK, Steve.
I have View>Toolbars>Drawing enabled. In that I have 2 callout options, a speech bubble and a 
rectangular text callout. ...

That answers my two questions:
(1) You don't use a Callouts toolbar [contra the Help, confirming a bug there].
(2) Instead, from the Drawing toolbar [which is where I found them] you use these callout commands:
    <Category:Options>    <Tooltip:"Callouts">    <Label:"Callout Shapes">
    <Category:Drawing>    <Tooltip:"Callouts">    <Label:"Callouts">

But [as I noted earlier] there /is/ a "Callouts" toolbar listed among the toolbars in:
        View => Toolbars => Customize...
        => Toolbars tab => Target
I would love to know what that is about, and how to make that Callouts toolbar visible to use.

In the same vein [and I will bet related], there is also a callouts command that is *not* visible 
on the Drawing toolbar (though I suspect, if you check the Customize options, it is enabled and so 
should be visible):
    <Category:Drawing>    <Tooltip:"Vertical Callouts">   <Label:"Vertical Callouts">

IOW, if I had to guess, I suspect that callouts are not a completely implemented function, though 
they are a good beginning to extend text boxes into a special use case that will be very valuable 
when it is more functional. That would explain some things:
 *** the Help bug (probably had to be written before they really knew how it will turn out);
 *** a lack of style support that you expected (or requested) in your OP;
 *** a labelled but still unimplemented "Vertical Callouts" command;
 *** anomalies you have found, reflecting sparse user feedback. [Bugs can exist with lots of user 

That said, when I was trying to understand your OP, and callouts generally, my search led to this 
page -
        "Callout Sidebars on LibreOffice"
- which uses a slightly different (but related) definition of "callout", presenting how to do /its/ callout 
function in LO without any special LO callout commands.  Both functions are useful, but it can only cause confusion to 
call both functions "callouts".


On 2021-07-23 16:58, Steve Edmonds wrote:
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 

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 
    <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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