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Old 08-24-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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OpenOffice small windows do not dock anymore

I've used before, both on Windows and on Linux. I was always able to dock some of its tool windows to the edges of the main openoffice window, like for instance the "Styles and formatting" window.

I am now using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 with Gnome 2.18.1 and 2.2.0 and these windows don't seem to dock to the main window anymore. I've spent a little while dragging it all the ways possible and it does not dock itself at all. I also wandered a while around the preferences dialog and I did not find anything that controls this behavior.

Is it not possible anymore to dock these small utility windows of OOo into the main one? If this is not the case, then why might be causing this to me?

Thanks in advance.
Old 08-25-2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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What you could do is to ad the tool in tools -> customize -> toolbar. select the toolbar, e.g. formatting. Then press "add". The Styles and Formatting command is in the Format category. Now an extra button appears in the toolbar.

Was this you were looking for?


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Old 08-28-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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I guess what you say is to customize the toolbar to include the button that shows the 'Styles and Formatting' window. But this is not the issue I am having here. I am already able to show that window, and the button that shows it was included by default in the toolbar the first time I used Open Office.

My problem really is that the 'Styles and Formatting' window shows floating over the main OOo window, which has always been the default ever since I started using OOo a few years ago. But I remember I was able to dock this window into the right edge of main OOo window. I am sure I was perfectly able to do this out-of-the-box in Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 less than a year ago, but now in Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 this is not working for me. It is more like a small annoyance than a real problem, since I can live without this, but I was just curious as to why this ceased to work, or if I am doing something stupid.

Thanks anyway
Old 01-25-2009, 03:32 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by ernesto_cgf View Post
Is it not possible anymore to dock these small utility windows of OOo into the main one?
I can dock them like this:
* place the focus on them
* hit ctrl-shift-F10

Found the trick through google "openoffice dockable styles and formatting" (the forum does not let me paste the direct link, the domain is


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