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Libre Office Writer & Calc


If spell check doesn't work, Select-all and R-click > Styles (or Paragraph > Styles) and go to the Font Tab and just change the language to English (USA).

Replace double paragraphs with single. This should be done with Find and Replace and putting ^$ in the first field and nothing in the second. It didn't work for me this time though.


Tools → Options → LibreOffice → Application

Define new colors: Tools → Options → LibreOffice → Colors

LibreOffice adding colors with find&replace

  • [1-9] for numbers
  • * for asterisks
  • ... for ellipsis
  • | to separate words (if you want to find John|Jose)
  • ^\s* for any spaces at the beginning of lines
  • (?replace ... with no space after it with a space after it?, same with : remove spaces around *)

... then put & in the replace box, and check ‘regular expressions’. Click ‘format’ > ‘highlight’ and select a color' and close that dialogBox.

For some reason, after applying a find&replace, it just won't do a second one unless you close the document and re-open it.

Instructions from the internet:

  1. Press CTRL+H for a Find and Replace view
  2. In the first box type a word. If you want to replace multiple words, put a "|" inbetween them
  3. In the "Replace" box put a single "&"
  4. With your cursor still in the "Replace" box, press Formatting, click Highlighting.
  5. Press Color and choose whatever color you like
  6. Check the box for "Regular Expressions"


Not used this time:

  • ^$ finds all empty lines
  • $ finds all space after the end of a line

Workaround for removing multiple spaces (although it didn't work for me because it brought stuff too close together also. Just try it to see, but save a copy of your document first.)

  • Search for all $ with Regular expressions, and replace it for a character not used in the document (perhaps █)
  • Search for all ██ “and replace with something else”
  • Search for all █ and replace with \n (to recover the paragraphs)


to constrain text to its columns, highlight it and click the ‘wrap text’ button on the toolbar

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