Managing Pictures in StarOffice (OpenOffice) without getting in Rage
By user13333379 on May 23, 2008
This technical how-to entry hopefully helps all the ad hoc StarOffice authors who never read the manuals.
Inserting pictures in larger OpenOffice writer documents is leading sometimes to OpenOffice rage since the default behavior is not exactly what most writers want.
Here is what's happening by default:
This picture got „anchored“ to the paragraph by default. This is pretty smart and powerful for ambitious writers. Being able to move around the pictures on the pages is really cool and powerful.
It leads however to unexpected layouts when the author
starts inserting extra text before and in the paragraph. Adding page
breaks makes it worse and the document starts having large white
sections. A good indicator for trouble waiting to happen is when the "anchor" icon (see screen shot below) starts beeing "far away" from the picture. Having two pictures on the same page with two anchors and not knowing which anchor belongs to which picture
Here' the solution:
Move the mouse pointer over the picture and hold a right mouse button
Choose “Anchor” as main selection and “As Character” as sub selection
The screen shot below documents what needs to be done:
The picture will now be treated like a
character in the text. It'll flow with all your text changes and page
breaks will not create anymore surprises.
There is one drawback: The options to allow text to flow around your picture are disabled. Authors who will want to have their text flow around he text may want to change the anchor back to paragraph anchoring at the very end of the document creation when the page breaks are getting added.
Authors who would like to see the picture centered may apply the “centered” option which is available for texts.
Two more OpenOffice how-to have been published in this blog:
More information around the freely available OpenOffice Suite can be found at openoffice.org.