On Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:03:00 GMT Steve Edmonds wrote:
> Also to add to Virgil's explanation is what happens when copy/pasting 
> text with the same style name or a new style name.
> If you copy text from a document with style named "Default Style" into 
> your working document, the text will inherit the attributes of the 
> settings for Default Style in your working document. This can sometimes 
> cause unexpected outcomes. If you want to preserve the attributes of the 
> copied text, give the copied text a unique style name before copying it.
> When you copy text from another document with a style that you don't 
> have in your working document, that new style will be added to your 
> working document. If you don't want to accumulate a whole bunch of new 
> styles with lots of copy/paste;
> set the style of the text you want to copy to a style you already have 
> in your working document before copy or,
> paste as unformatted text and the pasted text will inherit the style of 
> the text at the insertion point.
> Steve

Thanks for your time and explanations, its been helpful. 


> On 02/02/18 09:59, Virgil Arrington wrote:
> > Ian,
> >
> > I don't know your level of experience with styles, so forgive me if I
> > tell you something you already know.
> >
> > I use the "Default Style" simply as a starting point for all my other
> > styles. I rarely actually apply the "Default Style" to a given paragraph.
> >
> > LO's styles are hierarchical in nature, so that subordinate styles will
> > share certain formatting characteristics of the parent style.
> >
> > Rather than use LO's built-in styles, I tend to create my own, so my
> > style hierarchy looks something like this:
> >
> > Default Style
> >       BodySingle (just like Default, but with a 1 pica empty space above
> > the paragraph)
> >           BodySingleIndent (just like BodySingle, but with no empty space
> > above the paragraph, and the first line indented 2 picas)
> >           BodyDouble (just like BodySingle, but with double spacing, and
> > an indented first line)
> >       Title (Usually a different font style and size and centered with
> > spacing above and below the paragraph)
> >
> > Each subordinate style will inherit most formatting characteristics from
> > the parent style, but then change one or two particular attributes. For
> > example, BodyDouble will inherit its font (style and size) and margins
> > from BodySingle, which, in turn, inherits those attributes from Default
> > Style. If I change the font style or size in Default Style, then that
> > change will apply to BodySingle, BodySingleIndent, and BodyDouble. It
> > will not, however, affect my Title style as I control the font at that
> > level.
> >
> > Likewise, BodyDouble has a unique formatting attribute. It is double
> > spaced. So, if I change the line spacing in Default Style (say from
> > single to 1.5 lines or to a proportional line spacing) that change
> > *will* carry forward to BodySingle and BodySingleIndent (both of which
> > share the line spacing of Default Style), but it will *not* affect the
> > line spacing of BodyDouble, which will remain double spaced, because I
> > set the line spacing for that style within BodyDouble itself.
> >
> > The key is to know which attributes are dictated by any given paragraph
> > style and to make changes at the proper style within the hierarchy that
> > it affects all of the paragraphs you want changed, and only those
> > paragraphs.
> >
> > When making formatting changes to styles make sure you do it properly.
> > Do not just put your cursor in a given paragraph and start changing
> > formatting from the toolbar or the "properties" panel in the sidebar.
> > That will result in "direct formatting," which will not change the
> > style. Instead, make sure you right-click on the particular style you
> > want to change in the style list (sidebar), and select "Modify." Any
> > changes you make should affect that style and any subordinate styles
> > that share the same attribute that is being changed.
> >
> > If it doesn't, then that most likely means you have direct formatting
> > peppered in along with style-based formatting. If that is the case, then
> > I would follow Steve's advice and select all of the text (Ctrl-A) and
> > clear direct formatting (Ctrl-M). At that point, you should have all of
> > your formatting controlled at the style level.
> >
> > I hope all this makes sense. It's easier to do than to explain.
> >
> > Virgil
> >

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