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[Solved] Typing defaults

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:29 pm
by Paul36
Unable to change typing defaults.
If I type Aug 31st it appears as Aug 31 with "st" in small superscript. This is very bad when typing tables, as it distorts width: how can I turn it off?

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:49 pm
by Zizi64
Do you want to change/modify the default template?

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:02 pm
by RoryOF
The normal way to change the default settings is to make a new default template. Details are given at
[Tutorial] Creating a new default template

A quick way to change the basic fonts used is in Writer at /Tools /Options /OpenOffice Writer :Basic Fonts (Western)

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:51 pm
by John_Ha
Paul36 wrote:Unable to change typing defaults. :?

Your problem description - just five words - is too brief and far too imprecise to offer good advice.

Can I therefore suggest you try reading the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials, the up to date Writer guide or the Writer Manual as I am sure you will find help in one or more of them. May I suggest you bookmark the pages.

Press F1 to access the Help screen and search for your problem

The chapter headings in the manual are:

1 - Introducing Writer
2 - Setting up Writer
3 - Working with Text
4 - Formatting Pages
5 - Printing, Exporting, Faxing and E-Mailing
6 - Introduction to Styles
7 - Working with Styles
8 - Working with Graphics
9 - Working with Tables
10 - Working with Templates
11 - Using Mail Merge
12 - Tables of Contents, Indexes and Bibliographies
13 - Working with Master Documents
14 - Working with Fields
15 - Using Forms in Writer
16 - Customizing Writer – Keyboard shortcuts.

When a pop-up window opens, click the Help button for extensive help on that function - it is often more comprehensive than the manual.

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:16 am
by robleyd
I think this is a reference to an Autocorrect change. Look in Tools | Autocorrect Options and under Localised Options modify the settings for Format ordinal number suffixes (1st ... 1^st). This formats the text characters of ordinals, such as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, as superscripts. For example, in English text, 1st will be converted to 1^st.

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:16 pm
by Paul36
Dear robleyd
Many, many thanks! Corrected exactly as you suggested. A small thing, but it effectively distorts the letter spacing.

Re: Typing defaults

PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:23 pm
by John_Ha
See [Tutorial] Automatic functions in Writer - enable / disable

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