Frequently-Used Buttons


Clicking Cancel closes a dialogue box without saving any changes made.


Applies all changes and closes the wizard.


By clicking the arrow next to some icons you open a toolbar. To move a toolbar, drag the title bar. As soon as you release the mouse button, the toolbar remains at the new position. Drag the title bar to another position, or drag to an edge of the window, where the toolbar will dock. Close a toolbar by clicking the Close Window icon. Make the toolbar visible again by choosing View - Toolbars - (toolbar name).

Spin button

  1. In form controls, a spin button is a property of a numeric field, currency field, date field or time field. If the property "Spin button" is enabled, the field shows a pair of symbols with arrows pointing to opposing directions, either vertically or horizontally.

  2. In the Basic IDE, a spin button is the name used for the numeric field together with the two arrow symbols.

You can type a numeric value into the field next to the spin button, or select the value with the up-arrow or down-arrow symbols on the spin button. On the keyboard you can press the up arrow and down arrow keys to increase or reduce the value. You can press the Page Up and Page Down keys to set the maximum and minimum value.

If the field next to the spin button defines numeric values, you can also define a measurement unit, for example, 1 cm or 5 mm, 12 pt or 2".


If you click forwards through the dialogue box, this button is called Next. On the last page the button has the name Convert. The conversion is then performed by clicking the button.

Context Menu

To activate the context menu of an object, first click the object with the mouse button to select it, and then, . Some context menus can be called even if the object has not been selected. Context menus are found just about everywhere in LibreOffice.


Deletes the selected element or elements after confirmation.


Deletes the selected element or elements without requiring confirmation.


You can enter values in the input fields in different units of measurement. The default unit is inches. However, if you want a space of exactly 1cm, then type "1cm". Additional units are available according to the context, for example, 12 pt for a 12 point spacing. If the value of the new unit is unrealistic, the program uses a predefined maximum or minimum value.


Closes the dialogue box and saves all changes.


Closes the dialogue box.


Applies the modified or selected values without closing the dialogue box.

Shrink / Maximise

Click the Shrink icon to reduce the dialogue box to the size of the input field. It is then easier to mark the required reference in the sheet. The icons then automatically convert to the Maximise icon. Click it to restore the dialogue box to its original size.

The dialogue box is automatically minimised when you click within a sheet with the mouse. As soon as you release the mouse button, the dialogue box is restored and the reference range defined with the mouse is highlighted in the document by a blue frame.





Preview Field

Displays a preview of the current selection.


Click the Next button, and the wizard uses the current dialogue box settings and proceeds to the next step. If you are on the last step, this button becomes Create.

Dialog Buttons


Resets modified values back to the tab page previous values.


Closes dialogue box and discards all changes.


Saves all changes and closes dialogue box.


Resets changes made to the current tab to those applicable when this dialogue box was opened.


Resets changes made to the current tab to those applicable when this dialogue box was opened. A confirmation query does not appear when you close the dialogue box.


Resets modified values back to the default values.

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A confirmation query does not appear. If you confirm the dialogue box with OK all settings in this dialogue box are reset.


Resets the values visible in the dialogue box back to the default installation values.

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A confirmation does not appear before the defaults are reloaded.


View the selections in the dialogue box made in the previous step. The current settings remain unchanged. This button can only be activated from page two on.


Click the Options label to expand the dialogue box to show further options. Click again to restore the dialogue box.

See also the following functions:

The search supports regular expressions. You can enter "all.*", for example to find the first location of "all" followed by any characters. If you want to search for a text string that is also a regular expression, you must precede every character with a \ character. You can switch the automatic evaluation of regular expression on and off in - LibreOffice Calc - Calculate.

If an error occurs, the function returns a logical or numerical value.

(This command is only accessible through the context menu).

By double-clicking a tool, you can use it for multiple tasks. If you call the tool with a single-click, it reverts back to the last selection after completing the task.

Press Shift+F1 and point to a control to learn more about that control.

Options dialogue box buttons


Save the changes in the page and close the Options dialogue box.


Close the Options dialogue box and discard all changes done.


Resets changes made to the current tab to those applicable when this dialogue box was opened.

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Some options cannot be reset once edited. Either edit back the changes manually or click Cancel and reopen the Options dialogue box.