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Sets the properties of the section.

Choose Insert - Section - Section tab or choose Format - Sections

New Section

Type a name for the new section. By default, LibreOffice automatically assigns the name "Section X" to new sections, where X is a consecutive number.



Inserts the contents of another document or section from another document in the current section.

File name

Enter the path and the filename for the file that you want to insert, or click the browse button (...) to locate the file.


Locate the file that you want to insert as a link, and then click Insert.


Select the section in the file that you want to insert as a link.

When you open a document that contains linked sections, you are prompted to update the links.

Write Protection


Prevents the selected section from being edited.

With password

Protects the selected section with a password. The password must have a minimum of 5 characters.


Opens a dialog where you can change the current password.



Hides and prevents the selected section from being printed. The components of a hidden sections appear gray in the Navigator. When you rest your mouse pointer over a hidden component in the Navigator, the Help tip "hidden" is displayed.

Note.png You cannot hide a section if it is the only content on a page, or in a header, footer, footnote, frame, or table cell.

With condition

Enter the condition that must be met to hide the section. A condition is a logical expression, such as "SALUTATION EQ Mr.". For example, if you use the mail merge form letter feature to define a database field called "Salutation" that contains "Mr.", "Ms.", or "Sir or Madam", you can then specify that a section will only be printed if the salutation is "Mr.".

Another example would be to create the field variable "x" and set its value to 1. Then specify a condition based on this variable for hiding a section, such as: "x eq 1". If you want to display the section, set the value of the variable "x" to "0".


You see this area of the dialog when the current document is an XForms document.

Editable in read-only document

Select to allow editing of the section's contents even if the document is opened in read-only mode.

Related Topics

Field commands

Syntax for conditions