Indents and Spacing

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Sets the indenting and the spacing options for the paragraph.

Note.png To change the measurement units used in this dialog, choose Tools - Options - LibreOffice Writer - General, and then select a new measurement unit in the Settings area.

When in Writer:

Tip.png You can also set indents using the ruler. To display the ruler, choose View - Ruler.

Choose Format - Paragraph - Indents & Spacing tab

Choose View - Styles and Formatting - open context menu of an entry and choose Modify/New - Indents & Spacing tab

Indent

Specify the amount of space to leave between the left and the right page margins and the paragraph.

Before text

Enter the amount of space that you want to indent the paragraph from the page margin. If you want the paragraph to extend into the page margin, enter a negative number. In Left-to-Right languages, the left edge of the paragraph is indented with respect to the left page margin. In Right-to-Left languages, the right edge of the paragraph is indented with respect to the right page margin.

After text

Enter the amount of space that you want to indent the paragraph from the page margin. If you want the paragraph to extend into the page margin, enter a negative number. In Left-to-Right languages, the right edge of the paragraph is indented with respect to the right page margin. In Right-to-Left languages, the left edge of the paragraph is indented with respect to the left page margin.

First line

Indents the first line of a paragraph by the amount that you enter. To create a hanging indent enter a positive value for "Before text" and a negative value for "First line". To indent the first line of a paragraph that uses numbering or bullets, choose "Format - Bullets and Numbering - Position".

When in Writer: Automatic

When in Writer: Automatically indents a paragraph according to the ‍font size and the line spacing. The setting in the First Line box is ignored.

Spacing

Specify the amount of space to leave between selected paragraphs.

Above paragraph

Enter the amount of space that you want to leave above the selected paragraph(s).

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Below paragraph

Enter the amount of space that you want to leave below the selected paragraph(s).

Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style

Makes any space specified before or after this paragraph not be applied when the preceding and following paragraphs are of the same paragraph style.

Line spacing

Specify the amount of space to leave between lines of text in a paragraph.

Single

Applies single line spacing to the current paragraph. This is the default setting.

1.5 lines

Sets the line spacing to 1.5 lines.

Double

Sets the line spacing to two lines.

Proportional

Select this option and then enter a percentage value in the box, where 100% corresponds to single line spacing.

At Least

Sets the minimum line spacing to the value that you enter in the box.

Tip.png If you use different ‍font sizes within a paragraph, the line spacing is automatically adjusted to the largest ‍font size. If you prefer to have identical spacing for all lines, specify a value in At least that corresponds to the largest ‍font size.

Leading

Sets the height of the vertical space that is inserted between two lines.

When in Writer: Fixed

When in Writer: Sets the line spacing to exactly match the value that you enter in the box. This can result in cropped characters.

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Enter the value to use for the line spacing.

Preview Field

Displays a preview of the current selection.

When in Writer: Register-true

When in Writer: Activate

When in Writer: Aligns the baseline of each line of text to a vertical document grid, so that each line is the same height. To use this feature, you must first activate the Register-true option for the current page style. To do this, choose Format - Page, click on the Page tab, and then select the Register-true box in the Layout settings area.

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Related Topics

Indenting Paragraphs

Writing Register-true