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Charles -

When I type in text and then press the space bar (the long key at the bottom of the keyboard), the 
cursor always goes exactly 1 space across the page. What you're describing sounds like the 
behaviour of the Tab key (on the upper left side of my keyboard, with arrows on it). It sounds as 
though your tab settings have been unset or removed for some reason.

There are instructions for setting the tab stops at Does that help?

Please reply to the list ( rather than directly to me.

- Robert

From: charles meyer <>
Sent: December 27, 2023 17:58
To: W. Robert J. Funnell, Prof. <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Libre Writer - Indents

I type in text, the press the space bar and instead of the cursor going 2-5 spaces across the page 
it jumps almost to the end of the line.

In WordPerfect, I could set the Indents so that if I type text and then press the spacebar the 
cursor would move 2-4 spaces to the right and then I could press the space bar and the cursor would 
travel 3-4 spaces,etc etc.

How does one "set that up" in Writer?



On Tue, Dec 26, 2023 at 8:20 PM W. Robert J. Funnell, Prof. 
<<>> wrote:
Charles -

I'm afraid that I don't understand what you mean.

For one thing, 'indent' refers to having the beginnings and/or the ends of lines spaced in from the 
margins, which doesn't seem to be what you mean.

If you're referring to wide white spaces between words in a line, the only time that happens with 
single space characters (that I can think of) is if (1) you're using full text justification (both 
the left and right sides of the text in a paragraph are aligned); and (2) you have a long string of 
unbroken text (e.g., a very long word or a URL) that must be wrapped onto the next line. That 
leaves a relatively small amount of text that needs to be stretched to fill the distance from 
margin to margin, resulting in wide spaces between words. That is more likely to happen if your 
text column is narrow.

Am I close to understanding what you mean?

- Robert

From: charles meyer <<>>
Sent: December 26, 2023 19:43
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Libre Writer - Indents

Hi All,

Hope you're all enjoying good holiday cheer.

In Libre, is there a way to ensure that indents on each line go across the
page incrementally and  not huge indeed each time you press the Space Bar?

If not and you must use a Style, which Style have you found which gives you
incremental indeed in each line?

Thank you,


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