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Old 06-15-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Libreoffice writer underlines automatically when I don't want it to

I have an annoying minor problem in Libreoffice writer that I don't know how to get rid of. When I have timestamped journal entries separated by underlining that I typed, Libreoffice inserts thicker black underlines that I didn't ask for after most or all lines. I don't know how to get rid of the unwanted underlines without eliminating all formatting.
Old 06-15-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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I'm having trouble visualizing this. Could you provide a sample of the text or perhaps a screenshot of what you are referring to? If you don't want to share the actual content, perhaps a mock-up illustrating the issue would help.

It's a shot in the dark, but you might take a look under Tools-->Autocorrect.
Old 06-15-2015, 09:16 PM   #3
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LO treats a bunch of dashes, equal signs, or underscores at the start of a line as a request to place a bar in the document. They're hard to get rid of once they appear until you figure out what it's doing.

I just created one using a few dashes. Then, I pressed Ctrl-Z (Undo) and the dashes came back as I had typed them, but the bar can sometimes come back again.

This drove me crazy the first time I ran into it too!

The thing is a bottom of paragraph border. (It's not a bug, It's a feature!)

There are several ways to avoid/remove this. Pick one.

1) The simplest way is to type 1 or more blanks (or anything except a dash) at the start of the line - then the border will never get added.

2) Turn off AutoCorrect which is just trying to be helpful by adding the border for you.

3) Move your text cursor to the paragraph (just above the line) then
and then click on the first box - which is no borders.

(You can also select a bunch of paragraphs at once and do this once for all of them.)


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Old 06-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #4
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If you have track changes on (Edit/Changes/Record) then everything you add will be underlined. What you delete is 'struck out' with a line through the text.
Old 06-17-2015, 05:01 AM   #5
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This might be the cause.

The formatting of the paragraph is automatically carried forward to the next paragraph when you press RETURN. For example, if you format the whole line in bold, or centered etc, when you press RETURN the next line will also be in bold, centered etc.

So the 'secret' to wordpressing is to type in a paragraph press RETURN and THEN format the previous paragraph!

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