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From Ariel Constenla-Haile <>
Subject Re: "Anchor to......" in ooo writer
Date Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:21:00 GMT

On Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 02:35:49PM +0100, Patrons wrote:
> Pleasecan anyone help?
> I have sent this message three times over the last 8 weeks to
> ooo-users@incubator.apache but have not received any response.   If
> I am doing something wrong, please could someone tell me what I am
> doing wrong and what I should do to get a response???

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> I have been creating a 16 page brochure for my company.   This has
> involved copying background picturesand text boxes with shaded,
> partly transparent backgrounds etc.   I had to move backgrounds from
> one page to another but each time, the "anchor to" became a major
> problem as it changed to paragraph every time it was moved to
> another file and each item has to be manually changed to "page" in
> order to enable me to put the item where I wanted it on the page,
> which was very time consuming.
> Is there a way to either set this permanently "Anchor to Page" or
> deactivate it for the current session?

No, the default for new inserted graphics is anchor to paragraph; but
when you copy and paste a graphic, the graphic's anchor is preserved (at
least in OpenOffice 3.4.1, where I'm testing it right now with your
I can copy the main background image and paste it in the same document
or a new one, and the anchor is always set to page.

A simple test:

- copy and paste your image: the new image is anchored to page
- insert a new image: it's anchored at paragraph
- insert a page break and paste your image: the new image is anchored at

So, when you copy and paste, the anchor gets preserved. When you insert
a new image, the default is anchor to paragraph. The workaround, if you
use the same picture, is to set the anchor at page, and then copy it and
paste it.

Another point, if this graphics is the background, why don't you set it
as page background? And I'm not sure if a text document is good for this
task, may be a drawing document is more suitable.

Ariel Constenla-Haile
La Plata, Argentina

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