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Writer - Changing text from horizontal to vertical

I’ve got Libre Office version 5.1.1.3 running on an old desktop running
Windows 7.



I want to take text and change it from horizontal to vertical.



If I click the Help tab, it tries connecting to the net.



I prefer working off-line.



How does one format text to vertical in my Libre Writer version?



Is this done easier in a more recent Libre version?



What other functions/features have others found – in *your* experience -
Libre Writer does easier/better/or at all in more updated versions?



Do more recent versions of Libre have a built-in Help function so you can
obtain help without connecting to the net?



Thank you.

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Regina Henschel Regina Henschel
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Re: Writer - Changing text from horizontal to vertical

Hi Charles,

charles meyer schrieb am 12-Nov-19 um 16:04:
> I’ve got Libre Office version 5.1.1.3 running on an old desktop running
> Windows 7.>

You should use the last one of a family. For LO 5.1 that would be
version 5.1.6.2
http://downloadarchive.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/old/5.1.6.2
>  
> If I click the Help tab, it tries connecting to the net. >
> I prefer working off-line.

You need to install the helppack of your language too. Open the win
folder in above link, then the folder x86_64 for a 64-bit Windows and
x86 for a 32-bit Windows. Now you will see the helppack files.

>
> How does one format text to vertical in my Libre Writer version?

First you need to enable "Asian". Go to Tools > Options > Language
Settings > Languages. It is in section "Default Languages for Documents".

Now there exists several options.
A
You can set vertical for the all pages of a style. Open Styles section
of the side bar, tab 'Pages Styles'. Right-click your style and click
Modify. In that dialog, on tab Page select "Right-to-left (vertical"
from field 'Text direction'.

B
For a frame, go to 'Frame Styles' and click Modify. On tab Options you
will find the field 'Text direction'.

C
For a graphical Textbox (which can be rotated in contrast to a frame),
you should use the icon 'Vertical Text' directly.

D
For a labeled shape, go into edit mode of the shape. If the 'Text
Object' toolbar is not yet open, open it via View > Toolbars. It should
have an icon 'Text direction from top to bottom'.

E
For a table open the table properties, tab 'Text Flow'. There you will
find the field 'Text orientation'.


You cannot set a single paragraph to vertical direction in a horizontal
orientated environment. But you need to have the paragraph outside the
normal text flow, e.g. by a frame, table or shape.
But you can rotate a selection of characters. That is in Format >
Characters, tab 'Position'. First select the portion of text, then set
it to 90° or 270°.

>
> Is this done easier in a more recent Libre version?
No.

>
> What other functions/features have others found – in *your* experience -
> Libre Writer does easier/better/or at all in more updated versions?

The import/export with OOXML (docx, pptx, xslx) has been improved a lot.

> Do more recent versions of Libre have a built-in Help function so you can
> obtain help without connecting to the net?

The old integrated help viewer is removed. The help texts are shown in
your default browser. But the files themselves can be locally on your PC.

Kind regards
Regina

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