Apache Openoffice Double Spacing Essays

You can apply many formats to paragraphs using the buttons on the Formatting toolbar. The Formatting toolbar is shown below as a floating toolbar, customized to show only the buttons for paragraph formatting.

It is highly recommended that you use paragraph styles rather than manually formatting paragraphs, especially for long or standardized documents. For information on the advantages of styles and how to use them, see Chapter 6 and Chapter 7.
1 Styles and Formatting window  8 Line Spacing: 1.5
2 Apply Style9 Line Spacing: 2
3 Align Left10 Numbering On/Off
4 Centered11 Bullets On/Off
5 Align Right12 Decrease Indent
6 Justified13 Increase Indent
7 Line Spacing: 114 Paragraph Format dialog

Below are examples of the different alignment options for text.

When using justified text, the last line is by default aligned to the left; however, if so desired, you can also align the last line to the center of the paragraph area or justify it so that spaces are inserted between the words in order to fill the whole line. In the case where the last line consists of a single word, you can also have this word stretched to cover the whole line. The figure below shows an example of the effect obtained when setting each of these options.

These options are controlled in the Alignment page of the Format > Paragraph dialog box.

Setting tab stops and indents

The horizontal ruler shows both the default tab stops and any tab stops that you have defined. Tab settings affect indentation of full paragraphs (using the Increase Indent and Decrease Indent icons on the Formatting toolbar) as well as indentation of parts of a paragraph (by pressing the Tab key on the keyboard).

Using the default tab spacing can cause formatting problems if you share documents with other people. If you use the default tab spacing and then send the document to someone else who has chosen a different default tab spacing, tabbed material will change to use the other person’s settings. This may cause major formatting problems.

Instead of using the defaults, define your own tab settings, as described in this section.

To set your own tab stops for one or more selected paragraphs, use the Tabs page of the Paragraph dialog box. To reach this page, you can either:

  • Double-click anywhere between the left and right indent icons on the ruler itself to open the Tabs page of the Paragraph dialog box, or
  • Right-click on the paragraph, choose Paragraph from the pop-up menu, and choose the Tabs page.

Similarly, you can change the tabs defined in the paragraph style. Right-click on the paragraph, choose Edit Paragraph Style from the pop-up menu, and choose the Tabs page. See Chapter 7 (Working with Styles) for more information.

To change the indentation of one or more selected paragraphs, use the Indents & Spacing page of the Paragraph dialog box. To reach this page, you can either:

  • Double-click on a part of the ruler that is not between the left and right indent icons, or
  • Right-click on the paragraph, choose Paragraph from the pop-up menu, and choose the Indents & Spacing page.

Similarly, you can change the indentation defined in the paragraph style. Right-click on the paragraph, choose Edit Paragraph Style from the pop-up menu, and choose the Indents & Spacing page. See Chapter 7 (Working with Styles) for more information.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish a borderless table is often a better choice than using tabs.

Changing the default tab stop interval

Any changes to the default tab setting will affect the existing default tab stops in any document you open afterward, as well as tab stops you insert after making the change.

To set the measurement unit and the spacing of default tab stops, go to Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Writer > General. On this page, make any required changes in the Settings section and click OK to save.

You can also set or change the measurement unit for rulers in the current document by right-clicking on the ruler to open a list of units. Click on one of them to change the ruler to that unit. The selected setting applies only to that ruler.

The horizontal ruler shows both the default tab stops and any that you have defined.

Formatting toolbar, showing icons for character formatting.
Text alignment options.
Four choices for the last line of a justified paragraph.
Options for the last line of a justified paragraph.
Tab Settings page of Paragraph Dialog Box.
Indents & Spacing Settings page of Paragraph Dialog Box.
Selecting a measurement unit and default tab stop spacing.
Ruler showing default tab stops.

This tutorial will show you how to do MLA Format using OpenOffice. We will perform the following settings:


I. How to Set the Font and Size:

  1. By default, OpenOffice uses font “Times New Roman” and size 12 and that’s correct so we do not need to change them.

II. How to Set the Margins in OpenOffice:

  1. Click on Format.
  2. Click on Page.
  3. Under Margins, set the margins for top, right, bottom, left to 1 inch (1″).

III. How To Create a Header in OpenOffice:

  1. Click Insert => Header => click on Default.
  2. Click on the Align Right icon.
  3. Type your Last Name => then press the Spacebar key on your computer keyboard once.
  4. Click Insert => Fields => Page Number(to insert automatic page numbering).
  5. Click on your document area to begin setting up your first page information.

IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced:

  1. Click on Format => Paragraph.
  2. Click on the Indents & Spacing tab.
  3. Under Line Spacing, click on the up/down arrows => click on Double.
  4. Click OK to apply the setting.

V. How to Enter the First Page Information:

  1. Type your full name => press Enter.
  2. Type your professor’s name => press Enter.
  3. Type course title => press Enter.
  4. Type your paper’s due date => press Enter.
  5. Click on the Align Center icon on the formatting toolbar (to center your blinking cursor) => Type the title of your paper, capitalizing the first letter and all major words and proper nouns. Do not use italics, boldfaced type, underlining, or all caps to format your title. Do not type a period at the end of the title => press Enter.
  6. Click on the Align Left icon (to bring your blinking cursor to the left).
  7. Click on the Tab key to indent 1/2 inch to begin your first paragraph. Use the Tab key on every next new paragraphs. Your completed setting should look like this:

VI. How to Setup the Works Cited Page:

Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page has the following characteristics:

  • A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Do not bold or underline this heading.
  • No indent on the first line of each entry. If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines 1/2 inch from the left margin.
  • Alphabetize entries in your list of works cited by the author’s last name, using the letter-by-letter system.
  1. Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, click on Insert => Manual Break => click on Page Break => click OK(to begin a new page). Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper.
  2. Click on the align center icon so that the text is centered.
  3. Type Works Cited(do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
  4. Press the Enter key once to begin a new line.
  5. Click on the align left icon so that the text is aligned left.
  6. The feature to setup indentation on the subsequent line/lines is called Hanging Indent. To setup hanging indent, click on Format => Paragraph => click on the Indents & Spacing tab => change the Before Text value to 0.50 => change the First Line value to 0.50 => click on OK to set the Hanging Indent.
  7. Now type your sources and finish your paper.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Take care!



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