Tips & tricks for FreeOffice TextMaker
Setting the default font and size
Would you like to always begin your documents in a font other than the default Times New Roman 10 pt? This can be achieved by modifiying the document template Normal.tmv. Proceed as follows:
- Choose the command File > Open.
- In the file dialog box that appears now, set the file type to Templates.
- Select the template file Normal.tmv from the list and open it.
- Now select the command Format > Paragraph style.
- Click on the paragraph style "Normal", then click on Edit, then on Character.
- You can now set up the character formatting you desire. When done, confirm with OK.
- You can also make changes to paragraph formatting, such as alignment or margins.
- When done, confirm your changes with OK, then Close.
- Choose the File > Save command now, then close the document template with File > Close.
If you then create a new document with File > New and base it on the document template Normal.tmv, it will use the character formatting you have chosen.
There is an even easier way to achieve the same in SoftMaker Office, the commercial edition of FreeOffice: Select the desired character formatting directly in the dialog box Format > Character, then click on the Set as default button.
Setting other types of formatting as default
If you want to set a different default zoom level or paper size for all your future documents, proceed as follows: Open the default template Normal.tmv using the File > Open command and make the desired changes. When done, save the document template. All future documents that you base on this template will use the chosen settings.
Changing the zoom level with the mouse
If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use it to quickly change the zoom level at which a document is displayed. Press the Ctrl button on your keyboard, keep it depressed, and move the scroll wheel on your mouse up or down.
Use paragraph spacing!
Even if you think it is annoying: Do not insert blank lines between paragraphs but set the spacing between paragraphs using Paragraph Spacing Before and Paragraph Spacing After. You will find these options in Format > Paragraph and Format > Paragraph Style. The advantage is that TextMaker then is able to suppress unnecessary empty space at the tops and bottoms of pages.
Non-breaking spaces prevent undesired word wrapping
If you want to prevent two words from being separated because a line break or page break happens between them, just enter a "non-breaking space" between them. Do so by typing Ctrl+Shift+Space.
Saving printer ink when printing drafts
For draft prints, you can choose the option Drop pictures in the Print dialog. Your document will print faster and use less ink because all pictures are skipped.
Using multiple paper bins
If you want the first page of your document or chapter to be pulled from a different paper bin of your printer, you can set up the paper bins using the File > Page Setup command.
Sharing of document templates
If you work in a local area network and you want all users to access the same set of document templates, you can set a shared template path in Tools > Options > Files.
Picture frames and embedded pictures
TextMaker lets you insert pictures either as frames or as embedded pictures. Picture frames are positioned absolutely on the page or in relation to a paragraph, whereas embedded pictures simply "wander along" with the paragraph in which they reside.
If you wish to convert an already-inserted embedded pictures to a picture frame (or vice-versa), simply select the picture in TextMaker, press the right mouse button and choose the command Convert to picture frame or Convert to embedded object respectively.