landscape and portrait settings on one file - openoffice

Below is how to create two types of portrait and landscape styles in one file in OpenOffice Writer.
In this example, page one is a portrait and on page 2 is the landscape.

way is as follows :
setting in advance for page 1 is portrait.
type in a few sentences or make a chart or image for page 1.
after that:
Place the cursor on the last line on page 1.
then click on the tab and click the Insert menu, scroll to the bottom and select the manual break (see picture 1).

on the popup menu, select the page break, while the style column select landscape (see picture 2).

on the select box Change page number, select the checkmark if you want to start with new page numbers or specify the page in the field below.

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Remove hyperlink in openoffice writer

here how to remove hyperlink in openoffice writer.
first, click on target word text hyperlink.
right click and select remove hyperlink

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Automatic lines in Writer

  1. If you start a new line in a Writer text document by typing three or more hyphen characters and press the Enter key, the characters are removed and the previous paragraph gets a line as a bottom border.
    To create a single line, type three or more hyphens (-), or underscores ( _ ), and then press Enter. To create a double line, type three or more equal signs (=), asterisks (*), tildes (~), or hash marks (#), and then press Enter.
  2. To remove an automatically drawn border, choose Format - Paragraph - Borders and select no border.
  3. To undo an automatic border replacement once, choose Edit - Undo.
  4. To disable the automatic borders, choose Tools - AutoCorrect Options - Options and clear Apply border.

The lines and other drawing objects that you insert in text are not defined in HTML, and are therefore not exported directly into HTML format. Instead, they are exported as graphics.

When you enter a line width, you can append a measurement unit. A zero line width results in a hairline with a width of one pixel of the output medium.
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Drawing Lines in Text in openoffice

You can incorporate lines into your text with custom angles, width, color, and other attributes.
To define the line attributes and direction, use the Line drawing object as follows:
1. On the Standard bar, click the Show Draw Functions icon to open the Drawing toolbar, and click the Line icon. The mouse pointer changes to a cross-hair symbol with a line beside it.
2. In your document, click where the line should begin. Hold down the mouse button and drag to the point where you want the line to end. If you also hold down the Shift key, you can draw only horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.
3. Release the mouse button once the line has the desired direction and length. You can then draw more lines. End this function by pressing the Esc key or by clicking the Select icon from the Drawing bar.
4. After clicking the Select icon, you can select all of the lines at the same time by clicking each line while holding down the Shift key. This multiple selection enables you to assign all of them a common color, width or other attribute.

Create a horizontal line by applying the preset Paragraph Style Horizontal Line. Click into an empty paragraph, and double-click the Horizontal Line Style in the Styles and Formatting window. If the entry for horizontal lines is not visible in the list of Paragraph Styles, select "All Styles" in the lower listbox.

You can draw a line above, beside or below a paragraph in a Writer text document by choosing Format - Paragraph - Borders.
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Turning off Automatic URL Recognition in openoffice

When you enter text, OpenOffice.org automatically recognizes a word that may be a URL and replaces the word with a hyperlink. OpenOffice formats the hyperlink with direct font attributes (color and underline) the properties of which are obtained from certain Character Styles.
If you do not want OpenOffice.org to automatically recognize URLs as you are typing, there are several ways of turning off this feature.

Undo URL Recognition

  1. When you are typing and notice that a text has just been automatically converted into a hyperlink, press Ctrl+Z to undo this formatting.
  2. If you do not notice this conversion until later, select the hyperlink and choose the menu command Format - Default Formatting.

Turn off URL Recognition

  1. Load a document of the type for which you want to modify the URL recognition.
    If you want to modify the URL recognition for text documents, open a text document.
  2. Choose Tools - AutoCorrect Options.
  3. In the AutoCorrect dialog, select the Options tab.
  4. If you unmark URL Recognition, words will no longer be automatically replaced with hyperlinks.
    In OpenOffice.org Writer there are two check boxes in front of URL Recognition. The box in the first column is for later post-editing and the box in the second column is for AutoCorrect as you type.
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List of Regular Expressions

Defines the default languages and some other locale settings for documents.
Choose Tools - Options - Language Settings - Languages
Select the language used for the user interface, for example menus, dialogs, help files. You must have installed at least one additional language pack or a multi-language version of OpenOffice.
Specifies the locale setting of the country setting. This influences settings for numbering, currency and units of measure. A change in this field is immediately applicable. However, some formats that were formatted by default change only if the document is newly loaded.
Specifies the default currency that is used for the currency format and the currency fields. If you change the locale setting, the default currency changes automatically.
The default entry applies to the currency format that is assigned to the selected locale setting.

A change in Default currency field will be transmitted to all open documents and will lead to corresponding changes in the dialogs and icons that control the currency format in these documents.

Languages Using Complex Text Layout
Currently, OpenOffice.org supports Hindi, Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic as CTL languages.
If you select the text flow from right to left, embedded Western text still runs from left to right. The cursor responds to the arrow keys in that Right Arrow moves it "to the text end" and Left Arrow "to the text start".

You can change the text writing direction directly be pressing one of the following keys:
  • Ctrl+Shift+D or Ctrl+Right Shift Key - switch to right-to-left text entry
  • Ctrl+Shift+A or Ctrl+Left Shift Key - switch to left-to-right text entry
  • The modifier-only key combinations only work when CTL support is enabled.
In multicolumn pages, sections or frames that are formatted with text flow from right to left, the first column is the right column and the last column is the left column.
In OpenOffice.org Writer text formatted in Thai language has the following features:
  • In paragraphs with justified alignment, the characters are stretched to flush the lines at the margins. In other languages the spaces between words are stretched.
  • Use the Delete key to delete a whole composite character. Use the Backspace key to delete the last part of the previous composite character.
  • Use the Right or Left Arrow key to jump to the next or previous whole composite character. To position the cursor into a composite character, use Alt+Arrow key.
The spellcheck for the selected language only functions when you have installed the corresponding language module. A language entry has a check mark in front of it if the spellcheck is activated for this language.
Activates Asian languages support. You can now modify the corresponding Asian language settings in OpenOffice. If you want to write in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, you can activate the support for these languages in the user interface.

Activates complex text layout support. You can now modify the settings corresponding to complex text layout in OpenOffice.

Examples
You can combine the search terms to form complex searches.

To find three-digit numbers alone in a paragraph
^[:digit:]{3}$
^ means the match has to be at the start of a paragraph,
[:digit:] matches any decimal digit,
{3} means there must be exactly 3 copies of "digit",
$ means the match must end a paragraph.


Character
Result/Use
Any character
Represents the given character unless otherwise specified.
.
Represents any single character except for a line break or paragraph break. For example, the search term "sh.rt" returns both "shirt" and "short".
^
Only finds the search term if the term is at the beginning of a paragraph. Special objects such as empty fields or character-anchored frames, at the beginning of a paragraph are ignored. Example: "^Peter".
$
Only finds the search term if the term appears at the end of a paragraph. Special objects such as empty fields or character-anchored frames at the end of a paragraph are ignored. Example: "Peter$".
*
Finds zero or more of the characters in front of the "*". For example, "Ab*c" finds "Ac", "Abc", "Abbc", "Abbbc", and so on.
+
Finds one or more of the characters in front of the "+". For example, "AX.+4" finds "AXx4", but not "AX4".
The longest possible string that matches this search pattern in a paragraph is always found. If the paragraph contains the string "AX 4 AX4", the entire passage is highlighted.
?
Finds zero or one of the characters in front of the "?". For example, "Texts?" finds "Text" and "Texts" and "x(ab|c)?y" finds "xy", "xaby", or "xcy".
\
Search interprets the special character that follows the "\" as a normal character and not as a regular expression (except for the combinations \n, \t, \>, and \<). For example, "tree\." finds "tree.", not "treed" or "trees".

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Printing Address Labels mail merge

1. Choose File - New - Labels to open the Labels dialog.
2. On the Labels tab page, select the format of the label sheets you want to print on.
3. Choose the database and table from which to get the data.
4. Select a database field of which you want to print the contents. Click the button that shows a left arrow to insert the database field into the Label Text box.
Continue to select and insert database fields if you want more fields on every label. You can press Enter to insert a new line, and you can type any character to insert fixed text.
5. Optionally, if you want to type more text, apply formatting, or insert images and line art, you should enable Synchronize contents on the Options tab. If you enable this, once you leave the Labels dialog box a small window opens with a Synchronize button. Now you only need to work on the first label on the labels document, then click the Synchronize button to copy your work to every label of the document.
6. Click New Document.
7. When you see the label document, you might want to temporarily enable View - Field Names. This displays the fields in a more visible manner, so that you can arrange and edit label contents more easily.
8. You can save and/or print the label document.

When you choose to print the document, you will be asked if you want to print a form letter. Answer Yes to open the Mail Merge dialog. In the Mail Merge dialog, you can select the records for which you want to print labels.
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Controlling the Text Import dialog (CSV file import)

Ruler

  • Left or Right Arrow: go one position to the left or to the right
  • Ctrl+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow: jump to the previous or to the next split
  • Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow: move a split one position to the left or to the right
  • Home or End: jump to the first or the last possible position
  • Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End: jump to the first or the last split
  • Shift+Ctrl+Home or Shift+Ctrl+End: move split to the first or to the last position
  • Space key: insert or remove a split
  • Insert key: insert a split (leave existing splits unchanged)
  • Delete key: delete a split
  • Shift+Delete: delete all splits
  • Up Arrow or Down Arrow: scroll table down or up one row
  • Page Up or Page Down: scroll table down or up one page
  • Escape key (during mouse drag): cancel drag, move split to old position

Preview
  • Left Arrow or Right Arrow: select left or right column and clear other selections
  • Ctrl+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Right Arrow: move focus to the left or to the right column (does not change selection)
  • Shift+Left Arrow or Shift+Right Arrow: expand or shrink the selected range
  • Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow: expand or shrink the selected range (does not change other selections)
  • Home or End: select the first or the last column (use Shift or Ctrl as with cursor keys)
  • Shift+Space key: select the range from the last selected column to the current column
  • Ctrl+Shift+Space key: select the range from the last selected column to the current column (does not change other selections)
  • Ctrl+A: select all columns
  • Shift+F10: open a context menu
  • Ctrl+1 ... Ctrl+7: set the 1st ... 7th column type for the selected columns
  • Up Arrow or Down Arrow: scroll table down or up one row
  • Page Up or Page Down: scroll table down or up one page
  • Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End: scroll to the top or bottom of a table

Controlling the Insert - Special Character Dialog
  • Tab switches through all controls in the dialog.
  • Alt+Down Arrow opens a combo box. Enter selects the current entry in the combo box.
  • Arrow buttons move through the main selection area. Spacebar adds the current character to the list of characters to be inserted.
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Controlling the Dividing Lines openoffice

Controlling the Dividing Lines
Documents of OpenOffice.org Calc, OpenOffice.org Draw, and OpenOffice.org Impress can be split horizontally and vertically into separate views. Each view can show other parts of the document. Using the mouse, you can drag a dividing line from the scrollbar into the document.
1. Shift+Ctrl+F6: shows the dividing lines at default positions and focus a line.
2. Arrow keys: moves the current dividing line a big step in the arrow direction.
3. Shift+Arrow keys: moves the current dividing line a small step in the arrow direction.
4. Delete: deletes the current dividing line
5. Shift+Delete: deletes both dividing lines
6. Enter: fixes the current position of the dividing lines
7. Escape: resets the current dividing line to its default position
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Edit the Anchors of Objects in openoffice

You can move the anchor of object with the arrow keys. First enter the handle edit mode and select the anchor. Depending on the type of anchor, you can then move the anchor in different directions in openoffice.
1.Select the object.
2.Enter the handle edit mode with Ctrl+Tab.
3.The upper left handle starts blinking. Press Ctrl+Tab several times, until no handle blinks. This signals that now the anchor of the object is activated.
4.Use the arrow keys to move the anchor. The object follows the anchor as appropriate.

You can change the anchor of the selected object for example in the object's context menu.
1. If the object is anchored To Paragraph, the arrow keys move the object to the previous or next paragraph.
2. If the object is anchored To page, the keys Page Up or Page Down move it to the previous or next page.
3. If the object is anchored To character, the Arrow keys move it through the current paragraph.
4. If the object is anchored As character, no anchor icon exists. You cannot move the object.
5. If the object is anchored To frame, the Arrow keys move it to the next frame in the respective direction.
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Edit Position and Size of Objects

Use the arrow keys to move the selected object by one grid resolution unit.

Set the grid resolution unit with Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org Writer - Grid in the Resolution area. If you enter a number greater than 1 in the Subdivision area, you must press the arrow key as often as the number states to move the selected object by one grid resolution unit.

Use the Alt and arrow keys to move the selected object by one pixel.

Use Ctrl+Tab to enter the handle edit mode. The upper left handle is the active handle, it starts blinking. Use Ctrl+Tab to select the next handle. Press Escape to exit the handle edit mode.

In the handle edit mode, the arrow keys move the selected handle, which changes the object size.
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Selection, table, docking and object shortcut key openoffice

Selection in Tables
In several windows, dialogs, and in the table control field, there are tables to select data, for instance, in the right part of the Data Source View. The following keys are used for selections in these tables:

  • Spacebar: switches from selection of the current row and cancellation of any selection, but not if the current cell is in edit mode.
  • Ctrl + spacebar : switches between selection of the current row and cancellation of this selection.
  • Ctrl + Shift + spacebar : switches between selection of the current column and cancellation of this selection.
  • Alt + Up Arrow or Alt + Down Arrow : moves the window separator between table and form, for instance in the bibliography database.
  • In a table control or in the data source view, the Tab key moves to the next column. To move to the next control, press Ctrl + Tab. To move to the previous control, press Shift + Ctrl + Tab.


Size and Position of Windows and Dialogs
1.First press Alt+spacebar, a system menu opens with menu commands like Move, Resize and Close.
2.Choose a command (down arrow, then Enter).
3.Now you can use the arrow keys to move or resize the dialog or window.
4.Press Enter to accept the change. Press Escape to cancel the changes.

Docking and Undocking Windows and Toolbars
1.Press F6 until the window or toolbar is selected.
2.Press Ctrl+Shift+F10.

Selecting objects
Press Shift+F4 to select the first object in the current document. When an object is selected, press Tab to select the next object, or press Esc to go back to the text.
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Command shortcut openoffice

Calling a menu command
Press Alt or F6 or F10 to select the first menu (the File menu). With right arrow, the next menu to the right is selected; with left arrow, the previous menu.
Arrow down opens a selected menu. Any additional arrow down and up arrow move the selection through the menu commands. With right arrow you open any existing submenus.
Press Enter to execute the selected menu command.

Executing an icon command
Press F6 repeatedly until the first icon on the toolbar is selected. Use the right and left arrows to select an icon on a horizontal toolbar. Similarly, use the up and down arrows to select an icon on a vertical toolbar. The Home key selects the first icon on a toolbar and the End key, the last.
Press Enter to execute the selected icon. If the selected icon normally demands a consecutive mouse action, such as inserting a rectangle, then pressing the Enter key is not sufficient: in these cases press Ctrl+Enter.
Pressing Ctrl+Enter on an icon for creating a draw object. A draw object will be placed into the middle of the view, with a predefined size.
Press Ctrl+Enter on the Selection tool to select the first draw object in the document. If you want to edit, size, or move the selected draw object, first use Ctrl+F6 to set the focus into the document.
If a toolbar is longer than can be displayed on screen, it shows an icon at the right or lower edge. Select the toolbar and press PageUp or PageDown to display the remaining icons.

Special hints for toolbars
Press the down arrow or right arrow to open the selected toolbar. This is equivalent to a mouse click. In the toolbar use the right arrow and left arrow keys. The Home and End keys select the first and last icon in the toolbar, respectively.
Close the toolbar with Esc. It is not possible to move the toolbar without a mouse.
Selection from a combo box

Select the combo box. Press Enter.
Use the down arrow or Page Down key to scroll down the combo box entries, or the up arrow or Page Up key to scroll upwards. The Home key takes you to the first entry and the End key takes you to the last entry.
Press Enter to execute the selected entry.
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Working with the OpenOffice user interface without mouse

Working with the OpenOffice.org user interface without mouse

Activating menu bar, toolbars, windows, and document Repeatedly pressing F6 switches the focus and circles through the following objects:
  1. menu bar
  2. every toolbar from top to bottom and from left to right
  3. every free window from left to right
  4. document.

If the focus is on a menu bar or a toolbar, and you press Ctrl+Tab, you switch through the previously mentioned objects just as with F6, but without switching through to the document. Some X Window Managers evaluate this shortcut themselves, in which case you cannot use the shortcut for OpenOffice.

Press Shift+F6 or Shift+Ctrl+Tab to switch through objects in the opposite direction.
Press Ctrl+F6 to switch to the document.
Press F10 to switch to the menu bar and back.
Escape closes an open submenu, a toolbar, or the current free window.
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Setting page in AbiWord

here how to setup page in Abi word.

click on File - Page Setup

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Change ruler view horizontal and vertical bar Inch to Cm OpenOffice Writer

To show or hide rulers, choose View - Ruler.
To show the vertical ruler, choose Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org Writer - View, and then select Vertical ruler in the Ruler area.
Adjusting Page Margins
The margins of a page are indicated by the filled areas at the ends of the rulers.
Changing Indents
Indents are adjusted with the three small triangles on the horizontal ruler.
  • To change the left or the right paragraph indent, select the paragraph(s) that you want change the indent for, drag the bottom left or the bottom right triangle on the horizontal ruler to a new location.
  • To change the first line indent of a selected paragraph, drag the top left triangle on the horizontal ruler to a new location.
You can also double-click anywhere on the horizontal ruler, and adjust the indents in the Paragraph dialog.
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How to Print Sheets or select Sheet with Landscape Format in openoffice calc

In order to print a sheet you have a number of interactive options available under View or Page Break Preview. Drag the delimiter lines to define the range of printed cells on each page.

To print in landscape format, proceed as follows:
  • Go to the sheet to be printed.
  • Choose Format - Page. The command is not visible if the sheet has been opened with write protection on. In that case, click the Edit File icon on the Standard bar.
  • Select the Page tab. Select the Landscape paper format and click OK.
  • Choose File - Print. You will see the Print dialog. Depending on the printer driver and the operating system, it may be necessary to click the Properties button and to change your printer to landscape format there.
  • In the Print dialog under the Print heading, select the sheets to be printed: All sheets : All sheets will be printed, Selected sheets : Only the selected sheets will be printed. All sheets whose names (at the bottom on the sheet tabs) are selected will be printed. By pressing Ctrl while clicking a sheet name you can change this selection, Selected cells - All selected cells are printed.
  • In the Print dialog under the Print range heading, from all the paper pages that result from the above selection, you can select the range of paper pages to be printed: All pages : Print all resulting pages, Pages : Enter the pages to be printed. The pages will also be numbered from the first sheet onwards. If you see in the Page Break Preview that Sheet1 will be printed on 4 pages and you want to print the first two pages of Sheet2, enter 4-6 here.
If under Format - Print ranges you have defined one or more print ranges, only the contents of these print ranges will be printed.

see picture bellow, to print one or more sheet.
press Ctrl+click you want to print.
print select sheet
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How to Print Rows or Columns on Every Page in openoffice ?

Printing Rows or Columns on Every Page
If you have a sheet that is so large that it will be printed multiple pages, you can set up rows or columns to repeat on each printed page.

As an example, If you want to print the top two rows of the sheet as well as the first column (A)on all pages, do the following:
  • Choose Format - Print Ranges - Edit. The Edit Print Ranges dialog appears.
  • Click the icon at the far right of the Rows to repeat area. The dialog shrinks so that you can see more of the sheet.
  • Select the first two rows and, for this example, click cell A1 and drag to A2. In the shrunk dialog you will see $1:$2. Rows 1 and 2 are now rows to repeat.
  • Click the icon at the far right of the Rows to repeat area. The dialog is restored again.
  • If you also want column A as a column to repeat, click the icon at the far right of the Columns to repeat area.
  • Click column A (not in the column header).
  • Click the icon again at the far right of the Columns to repeat area.
Rows to repeat are rows from the sheet.
You can define headers and footers to be printed on each print page independently of this in Format - Page.
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Fontwork For Graphical Text Art like Wordart in MsOffice

To create a Fontwork object
  1. If you don't see the Drawing toolbar or the Fontwork toolbar, choose View - Toolbars to enable the toolbar.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar or on the Fontwork toolbar, click the Fontwork Gallery icon.
  3. In the Fontwork Gallery dialog, select a Fontwork style and click OK.
  4. The Fontwork object is inserted into your document.
  5. Double-click the object to enter text edit mode.
  6. Replace the default Fontwork text with your own text.
  7. Press Esc to exit text edit mode.
To edit a Fontwork object
  1. Click the Fontwork object. If the Fontwork object is inserted in the background, hold down the Ctrl key while you click. The Fontwork toolbar is displayed. If you do not see the Fontwork toolbar, choose View - Toolbars - Fontwork.
  2. Click an icon in the Fontwork toolbar.

The following icons are available:
  • Fontwork Gallery - adds another Fontwork object
  • Fontwork Shape - edits the shape
  • Fontwork Same Letter Heights - changes the height of characters
  • Fontwork Alignment - aligns the text
  • Fontwork Character Spacing - changes the character spacing and kerning

To edit more Fontwork attributes
  1. Click the Fontwork object. If the Fontwork object is inserted in the background, hold down the Ctrl key while you click.
  2. Select the properties from the Drawing Object Properties toolbar. You can change the line width, line color, fill color, fill style, and more.
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The chart preview responds to the new settings that you enter in the dialog

3D View

On the first page of the Chart Wizard or in the context menu of a chart you can choose a chart type.

To access this command...
Choose : Insert - Object - Chart

The chart preview responds to the new settings that you enter in the dialog.
  1. When you leave the dialog with OK, the settings are applied permanently.
  2. When you leave the dialog with Cancel or Escape, the chart returns to the state when you opened the dialog.
For a 3D chart you can choose Format - 3D View to set perspective, appearance and illumination.

Perspective

Enter the values for rotation of the chart on the three axes and for a perspective view.

Set all angles to 0 for a front view of the chart. Pie charts and donut charts are shown as circles.
With Right-angled axes enabled, you can rotate the chart contents only in X and Y direction, that is, parallel to the chart borders.
An x value of 90, with y and z set to 0, provides a view from top down to the chart. With x set to -90, you see the bottom of the chart.
The rotations are applied in the order first x, then y, last z.
When shading is enabled and you rotate a chart, the lights are rotated as if they are fixed to the chart.
The rotation axes always relate to the page, not to the chart's axes. This is different from some other chart programs.
Select the Perspective check box to view the chart in central perspective as through a camera lens instead of using a parallel projection.
Set the focus length with the spin button. 100% gives a perspective view where a far edge in the chart looks approximately half as big as a near edge.
Older versions of OpenOffice.org cannot display the percentage of perspective the same way as the current version.
Appearance
Select a scheme from the list box.
By selecting a scheme, the check boxes and the light sources are set accordingly.
  1. If you mark or unmark a combination of check boxes that is not given by the Realistic or Simple scheme, you create a Custom scheme.
  2. Mark Shading to use the Gouraud method for rendering the surface, otherwise a flat method is used.
    The flat method sets a single color and brightness for each polygon. The edges are visible, soft gradients and spot lights are not possible.
    The Gouraud method applies gradients for a smoother, more realistic look.
  1. Mark Object Borders to draw lines along the edges.
  2. Mark Rounded Edges to smooth the edges of box shapes.

Illumination

Set the light sources for the 3D view.
  1. Click any of the eight buttons to switch a directed light source on or off.
    By default, the second light source is switched on. It is the first of seven "normal", uniform light sources. The light source number one projects a specular light with highlights.
  2. For the selected light source, you can then choose a color and intensity in the list box just below the eight buttons. The brightness values of all lights are added, so use dark colors when you enable multiple lights.
  3. The small preview inside this tab page has two sliders to set the vertical and horizontal position of the selected light source. The light source always aims to the middle of the object.
  4. The button in the corner of the small preview switches the internal illumination model between a sphere and a cube.
  5. Use the Ambient light list box to define the ambient light which shines with a uniform intensity from all directions.
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