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Libre Office Writer & Calc

LIBREOFFICE WRITER

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.


CHANGE BACKGROUND COLOR

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"

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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)

LIBREOFFICE CALC

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

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