How to create different headers in an OpenOffice / LibreOffice / odt document

Summary: Create a unique page style for each header and add them by adding page breaks. Details follow after a brief rant, because I can’t help it.

Rant: I hate Microsoft Office and I hate OpenOffice / LibreOffice just as much. Even thinking about the amount of time I’ve wasted fighting it is enough to make my heart race with anger. Every now and then I’m unfortunate enough to be forced into using it and without fail I have to spend hours figuring out how to do something that should be simple. This time I found that you have to jump through hoops to add different headers to different pages. So, without further ado, here’s how to create different headers (or footers or other styles) on different pages in an odt document (using LibreOffice 3.4.3).

  1. Format -> Styles and Formatting.
  2. Click on the ‘Page Styles’ button (the fourth along).
  3. Right click -> New.
  4. Give the style a unique name.
  5. On the Header tab, tick Header on.
  6. Go to the page before the one you’d like to have the style.
  7. Insert -> Manual Break.
  8. Select Page break and choose your style from the Style drop down.

You can define all your page styles in one go, then insert pages breaks across the document selecting the styles as you go.


Last modified: 05/12/2011 Tags: ,

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