Formatting paragraphs

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You can apply many formats to paragraphs using the buttons on the Formatting toolbar. The Formatting toolbar is shown below as a floating toolbar, customized to show only the buttons for paragraph formatting.

Tip.png It is highly recommended that you use paragraph styles rather than manually formatting paragraphs, especially for long or standardized documents. For information on the advantages of styles and how to use them, see Chapter 6 (Introduction to Styles) in the Writer Guide.

Formatting toolbar.
1 Styles and Formatting window   8 Line Spacing: 1.5
2 Apply Style 9 Line Spacing: 2
3 Align Left 10 Numbering On/Off
4 Centered 11 Bullets On/Off
5 Align Right 12 Decrease Indent
6 Justified 13 Increase Indent
7 Line Spacing: 1 14 Paragraph Format dialog

The Formatting toolbar, showing buttons for paragraph formatting.

Below are examples of the different alignment options for text.

Text alignment options.

Setting tab stops and indents

The horizontal ruler shows both the default tab stops and any that you have defined. To set the measurement unit and the spacing of default tab stops, go to Tools > Options > Writer > General.

You can also set or change the measurement unit by right-clicking on the ruler to open a list of units, as shown below. Click on one of them to change the ruler to that unit.

Ruler showing default tab stops.

Double-click on a part of the ruler that is not between the left and right indent icons to open the Indents & Spacing page of the Paragraph dialog. To fine-tune tab stop settings, double-click anywhere between the left and right indent icons on the ruler itself to open the Tabs page of the Paragraph dialog, where you can fine-tune tab stop settings.

Documentation note.png You can define tab stops as part of a paragraph style, as described in Chapter 7 (Working with Styles) in the Writer Guide.

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