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Old 10-04-2005, 08:28 AM   #1
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I recently downloaded 2.0 beta and it's a great product, but I have a small problem finding out how to change the default page size in Writer from "Letter" to A4. As I'm not in the US, I'd like this to be the default for all new documents, but either I've gone blind, or this is not very well documented.

I realize that I "just" have to go to Format->Page... but since every document I write will be A4 anyway, it'd be better to have it set default somewhere.

Old 10-05-2005, 06:32 AM   #2
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I think this will be solved by choosing this from the menu: File, Printer settings...

In the dialog box, you just choose the button Properties...
Now, choose A4 in the Paper size option. Press OK - and your'e done! (Hopefully)

Old 10-05-2005, 12:30 PM   #3
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Hi Ingar, and thanks for your reply.

Unfortunately, my printer is already set up for A4. The problem is that the default template appears to be set up for Letter size, and that overrides the settings of the printer, and thus I need to change it for every single document I type...

I was hoping I could grep for "Letter" in the templates directories and sed "s/Letter/A4/g" but it appears not to be that straightforward..

Old 10-05-2005, 05:28 PM   #4
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You need to create a new template, unfortunately with A4 as the page size. If you have a document already using A4, you should be able to do a "save as" and create a template.

I like OpenOffice, but it still has some bugs and can be clunky. For instance, Page numbering puts a page number on your first page, and there is no easy way to suppress page numbering on a page like there is with Word and WordPerfect. Likewise, right now I am trying to use the database application in oo2.0, and have a problem with data entries automatically being rounded off (12.98 becomes 13.00, both as a display and as a value in the database table).

Your answer is somewhere in template creation.
Old 10-26-2005, 12:31 PM   #5
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Well I'm still on 1.1 on FC3, but maybe this is relevant as I had great difficulty in persuading ooffice to default to A4 papersize. In particular, using spadmin proved worthless.

Finally I discovered the solution (for my distro/version) was to edit:
/usr/lib/ooo-1.1/share/psprint/driver/SGENPRT.PS (ymmv on the pathname)
Locate the line:

*DefaultPageSize: Letter

and change appropriately.

Old 10-28-2005, 04:27 AM   #6
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this works

1 Save a template w/ A4 size
2 Set it as default

Instructions are (hard to find) at

... but they work! much better now
Old 10-28-2005, 11:00 AM   #7
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Thanks much! Works like a charm!


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