[Solved] Position and Size greyed out

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[Solved] Position and Size greyed out

Postby richard2197 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:58 pm

Hi. I've just started using the options associated with writing formulas.

I open OpenOffice (soffice.exe).

I open a text document, then I've chosen Insert>Object>Formula. I've typed in my formuula.

There is just one problem, in Properties, Position and Size is greyed out. So, I cannot alter the position or size.

Any ideas what the problem is? Thanks.

I'm running XP Pro on a pretty dated Acer ASPIRE 5315.
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Re: Position and Size greyyed out

Postby floris v » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:06 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Right click the formula, select Anchor, select To character instead of As character. You can then change the position, but not the size.
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Re: Position and Size greyed out

Postby richard2197 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:16 pm

I can move the formula object around. And I see the wrap options are no longer greyed out. But, no option to enlarge the object. Is that a bug? Or what? ;)
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Re: Position and Size greyed out

Postby richard2197 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:23 pm

If I click on the formula object it takes me the where I create my formula. If I then select Format>Font Size, I can change the font size. Does not save that setting though. Placed new formula below and I get the default small size again of formula text.
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Re: Position and Size greyed out

Postby floris v » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:43 pm

You can't change the size, there's no need to, either. Yp cuan do that by adding space around it.
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Re: Position and Size greyed out

Postby acknak » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:50 pm

I remember that changes were made so that formula objects were specifically prevented from changing size. I can't remember what the reason was; it didn't seem all that convincing to me.

If you really want re-sizable formulas, copy the object, then use Edit > Paste Special, as "GDI Metafile". The result is a graphic that can be resized any way you like--but it can no longer be edited as a formula. So you'll want to store the formula somewhere else in case you need to edit it.
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Re: Position and Size greyed out

Postby richard2197 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:55 pm

Oh. If I make a change as per Format>Font Size, and then click "Default" button, I'm asked: "Should the changes be made as defaults?" And - "These changes will apply to all new formula". So, I have some control.

EDIT: It has worked. I've reset the formula font size. It was a tad on the small size. I just enlarged it a bit so it's a bit clearer in the text document. Seem sorted.
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