How to set the next style in LibreOffice and its importance

How to set the next style in LibreOffice and its importance


I’ve been a loyal user of LibreOffice for a very, very long time. To say that I’m a fan would be an understatement. The reasons for my loyalty are numerous: it’s open source, it’s customizable, and most importantly, it works exactly how I want it to. One of the many features I take advantage of is the ability to define what style comes next. Let me tell you why this customization is a game-changer for me.

As an author of fiction, I tend to use only the styles that my publisher requires me to use – Heading 2 and Default Paragraph Style. These two styles are crucial for structuring my writing and making it visually appealing. But what really sets LibreOffice apart is its option to define which style comes next.

Let’s break it down. When I start a new chapter and use the Heading 2 style, I want the next section to automatically default to the Default Paragraph Style, which I have customized to match my preferences perfectly. This saves me valuable time and keeps me in my writing flow. I don’t want to be interrupted by the need to manually select or adjust styles while I’m pouring my creativity onto the page.

So how do you go about defining the next style in LibreOffice? It’s simple, and I’ll guide you through the process step-by-step.

How to Define the Next Style in LibreOffice

What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need is a running instance of LibreOffice. You can download and install LibreOffice for free on Linux, macOS, and Windows. I’ll demonstrate on version 7.6, running on Ubuntu Budgie, but the process of defining the next style is the same, regardless of what platform you use.

1. Open LibreOffice Writer
To begin, open LibreOffice Writer, the tool used to create word documents. If you’re using Linux, you can open Writer directly from your desktop menu. If you’re on MacOS or Windows, open the main LibreOffice tool and either create a new document or open a previously saved one.

2. Open the Style Editor
Before you can edit the style, make sure to select the style you want to modify. In this case, we want to define the next style for Heading 2. Click on the Styles menu, then select Edit Style. Alternatively, you can press Alt-P (or Option-P on MacOS) to open the Style Editor.

3. Change the Next Style
Once the Style Editor is open, go to the Organizer tab and locate the Next Style dropdown menu. Click on the dropdown and select the style you want to be used after the current style. In our example, we would edit Heading 2 and select Default Paragraph Style as the next style. Once you’ve made the selection, click OK to save the changes.

And that’s it! Now, when you hit Enter on your keyboard after using the Heading 2 style, Default Paragraph Style (which you have customized to fit your needs) will automatically be applied as the next style. It’s a small but incredibly useful trick that can significantly enhance your writing experience and keep you fully immersed in the creative process.

Whether you’re an aspiring author, a student, or simply someone who loves to write, LibreOffice’s customizable styles and defining next style option can make a world of difference. So give it a try and make your writing process smoother and more efficient. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend more time focusing on the words rather than the layout?