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In LibreOffice text and HTML documents, defines the display for certain characters and for the direct cursor.

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Open a text document, choose - LibreOffice Writer/LibreOffice Writer/Web - Formatting Aids.

Layout Assistance

Math baseline alignment

Specifies whether Math formula objects are aligned using the text baseline as reference. Uncheck this option to be able to change the vertical position of Math objects in a paragraph.

Display formatting

Defines which formatting marks are visible on screen. Activate the Formatting Marks icon on the Standard bar. All characters that you have selected on the Formatting Aids tab page will be displayed.

Final del párrafu

Specifies whether paragraph delimiters are displayed. The paragraph delimiters also contain paragraph format information.

Soft hyphens

Specifies whether soft hyphens (called also as optional or discretionary hyphens) are displayed. These are hidden user-defined delimiters that you enter within a word by pressing Words with soft hyphens are only separated at the end of a line at the point where a soft hyphen has been inserted, irrespective of whether the automatic hyphenation is activated or deactivated.


Specifies whether to represent every space in the text with a dot.

Espacios protexíos

Specifies that non-breaking spaces are shown as gray boxes. Non-breaking spaces are not broken at the end of a line and are entered with the shortcut keys.


Specifies that tab stops are displayed as small arrows.


Displays all line breaks inserted with the Shift+Enter shortcut. These breaks create a new line, but do not start a new paragraph.

Hidden characters

Displays text that uses the character format "hidden", when View - Formatting Marks is enabled.


Specifies that bookmark indicators are shown. | indicates the position of a point bookmark. [ ] indicates the start and end of a bookmark on a text range.


The following controls appear only for Writer documents, not for HTML documents.

Protected Areas

Enable cursor

Specifies that you can set the cursor in a protected area, but cannot make any changes.

Direct cursor

Define toles propiedaes del cursor direutu.

Cursor direutu

Activates the direct cursor. You can also activate this function by clicking the Toggle Direct Cursor Mode icon on the Tools bar or by choosing the Edit - Direct Cursor Mode command in a text document.


Define les propiedaes d'inxertamientu del cursor direutu. Si fai clic en cualquier posición del documentu va poder escribir o inxertar un párrafu nuevu esactamente nesa posición. Les propiedaes d'esti párrafu dependen de la opción escoyida. Pue escoyer les opciones siguientes:


When the direct cursor is used, as many tabs as necessary are added in the new paragraph until the clicked position is reached.

Tabulación y espacios

When the Direct Cursor is used, a corresponding number of tabs and spaces are inserted in the new paragraph as necessary until the clicked position is reached.


When the direct cursor is used, spaces are added in the new paragraph until the clicked position is reached.

Marxe esquierdu del párrafu

When the direct cursor is used, the left paragraph indent is set at the horizontal position where you click the direct cursor. The paragraph is left aligned.

Alliniación de párrafu

Sets the paragraph alignment when the direct cursor is used. Depending on where the mouse is clicked, the paragraph is formatted left aligned, centered or right aligned. The cursor before the mouse-click shows, by means of a triangle, which alignment is set.


Toles opciones d'inxertamientu refiérense namái al párrafu actual que se ta creando col cursor direutu.



Defines the default anchor for inserted images. Available options are:

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