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Inserting, Editing and Linking Frames

A frame is a container for text and graphics that you can place anywhere on a page. You can also use a frame to apply a column layout to text.

To Insert a Frame

  1. Select the text that you want to include in the frame.

  2. Choose Insert - Frame, and click OK.

To Edit a Frame

  • To edit the contents of a frame, click in the frame, and make the changes that you want.
  • To edit a frame, select the frame, right-click, and then choose a formatting option. You can also right-click the selected frame, and choose Frame.
  • To resize a frame, click an edge of the frame, and drag one of the edges or corners of the frame. Hold down Shift while you drag to maintain the proportion of the frame.

To Hide Text From Printing

Any Writer frame can be set to a mode which allows viewing the text on screen, but hides the text from printing.

  1. Select the frame (you see the eight handles).

  2. Choose Format - Frame and Object - Properties - Options.

  3. In the Properties area, unmark the Print check box and click OK.

You can link Writer frames so that their contents automatically flow from one frame to another.

  1. Click the edge of a frame that you want to link. Selection handles appear on the edges of the frame.

  2. On the Frame Bar, click the Link Frames icon.

  3. Click the frame that you want to link to.

You can only link frames if:

  • The target frame is empty.
  • The target frame is not linked to another frame.
  • The source and the target frames are in the same section. For example, you cannot link a header frame to a footer frame.
  • The source frame does not have a next link.
  • The target or the source frame are not contained in each other.

When you select a linked frame, a line is displayed that connects the linked frames.

The AutoSize feature is available only for the last frame in a chain of linked frames.