Outline mode in Libreoffice Writer

28 Dec


Words (Photo credit: sirwiseowl)

I spent too much time today trying to find out how to do outlining in Libreoffice Write, the same way that you can in Microsoft Word.

It seems after much looking that all Writer have a a window called Navigator which is a very pale imitation of what Word had even in very early incarnations of Word.

Now Writer has some features that are far superior to Word but this omission make Writer unusable for me. I thought that I would look at what the developers think about this.

Their attitude is that they are not a copy of Microsoft Word even if it has features that the users want. This is what I posted to the developers on one thread: ( I am putting my tin hat on now πŸ™‚

<Flame off>

I can understand both sides of the problem here, I have seen many blogs from journalists who support Linux but say that it will never become mainstream until the developers give the users what the users want regardless whether the developers like what the users want or not.

The current situation is like going to a pub who have a Trad Jazz Band on, playing what they like, not what the customers want to hear and the Jazz Band getting upset when all the customers leave.

We all know that Microsoft’s Operating systems still haven’t attained what Linux had years ago, so why do we (Linux users) have to put up with the reverse situation with applications?

It is like you developers being forced into developing without using snippets or syntax checkers just because Mr Gates has them. Bill uses them so we won’t, just to spite him. Rearrange this to make a meaningful sentence:

Spite cutting off face to nose your your.

The danger here is that I and others would be prepared to pay a reasonable amount for the features in Libreoffice that we want.

We all know that is the start of a slippery slope. So, here is the deal, you give us what we want and we will let you use: vi spell nroff troff LatEx awk sed and the pipe character for your word processing.

Just a thought

<Flame on>

I know it wont make any difference, the developers like mummy, know what’s best πŸ™‚


Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Linux


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2 responses to “Outline mode in Libreoffice Writer

  1. Pontillius

    December 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I must admit that when I want to write a letter, article or whatever I re-boot to Windows and use Word because I find that Librewriter falls down on several things like outlining as you say. Yes, I know Word can be used it Ubuntu, but I haven’t figured that out out.

    I have found that the two are not comparable, reading .doc format in .odt and the reverse usually means I have to make small modifications to the finished text layout.

    I do wish you wouldn’t use the “falling snow” thingy on your pages, I find it BLOODY IRRITATING!
    Bah! We have enough bad weather without that.

    See ya!

    • purplewelshy

      December 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Just put your Office disk into your PC, right click on the setup.exe file and choose “open with wine program loader” As the merekat says: Simple, cklchs.


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