Drag-and-Drop With the Data Source View

A fast way of copying from a data source into a text or spreadsheet document, or of creating forms based on a data source, is by drag-and-drop.

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Copying with Drag-and-Drop

If you want to reverse a drag-and-drop, position the cursor in your document and choose Edit - Undo.

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It is also possible to copy by drag-and-drop from a document into a data source:


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A text table or the selected range of a spreadsheet can be dragged using drag-and-drop to a table container in the data source explorer.


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Plain text can be copied using drag-and-drop from one document to a data field in the data source view.


Using data in a text document

You can insert a database field in a text document by dragging a field name from the column header of the data source view into the document. This is especially useful when designing form letters. Simply drag the desired fields - home address, form of address, and so on - into your document.

To insert a complete record, select the corresponding header and drag it into the document. When you release the mouse button, the Insert database columns dialogue appears, in which you can decide whether to use all database fields, and whether to copy the data into the document as text, a table or fields. All currently selected records will be inserted.

Applying data to a table document

You can insert one or more records into the current sheet of a spreadsheet by selecting the rows in the data source view and dragging and dropping them into the spreadsheet. The data is inserted at the place where you release the mouse button.

Inserting controls in a text form

When you create a text form linked to a database, you can generate controls by drag-and-drop from the data source view.

When you drag a database column into the text document, you insert a field. If you hold down Shift+ while dragging, a text field is inserted, grouped with an appropriate label field. The text field already contains all the database information that you need for the form.

Dragging and Dropping Within a LibreOffice Document

Copying Graphics Between Documents

Copying Spreadsheet Areas to Text Documents

Copying Graphics From the Gallery

Adding Graphics to the Gallery

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