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When you are writing a book, you want the first page of every chapter to
print on a right hand page. With an e-book, that may be less important
but it's still best to do it in case someone wants to print it out.
One way to accomplish that is to manually insert blank pages when
you need them. That's annoying, and easy to screw up when you go back
to add or edit chapters. Openoffice.org Writer can do this for you
automatically, but the instructions they provide are incomplete and
How to make OpenOffice.org Writer insert automatic blank pages
This first part is covered in the OpenOffice.org instructions. Call up the
floating "Styles and Formattng" menus (Fn-Ctrl-F11 on OS X or in
the "Format" menu), choose "Page Styles" from the icons at the
top, and Control Click on "Left Page" to choose "Modify". Don't
double click on that; you want to modify it, not apply it.
Here's how OpenOffice.org Help describes it:
1.Choose Format - Styles and Formatting, and then click the
Page Styles icon.
2.In the list of page styles, right-click
"Left Page" and choose Modify.
3.Click the Organizer tab.
4.Select "Right Page" in the Next Style box, and then click
5.In the list of page styles, right-click "Right Page"
and choose Modify.
6.Select "Left Page" in the Next Style
box, and then click OK.
7.Go to the first page in your
document, and double-click "Right Page" in the list of page
styles in the Styles and Formatting window.
If you do not want to have a header or a footer on the title page
of your document, apply the "First Page" style to the title page.
Here's what it should look like:
The next thing is to assign a "Text Flow" to whatever style you
used or are going to use for Chapter headings. When I first tried
this, I made the mistake of using "Content 1" - don't do that or
you'll screw up your table of contents. I used "Heading" (not "Header"!).
You'll find that in the first icon of "Styles and Formatting" which is
"Paragraph Styles". Right click on that to modify it.
As long as you are in there, you may as well set up anything else you
want for your chapter headings: bolding, fonts. font sizes, centering.
It's a good idea to make these visually distinct from anything else
so that you can easily see if you have applied this style where you
want it. The most important part is setting the "Text Flow":
That's a very confusing section and the "Help" doesn't explain it.
I would have interpreted that as "Insert a page before this page
IF this page is a 'Right' page" but apparently it means "Insert a page before this page IF this page is a 'Left' page". No matter: the point is that
you want an extra blank page inserted to force this to be a "Right"
Now you just need to click on your chapter headings, call up the
"Styles and Formatting" menu and double click on "Heading". You
should see the style apply. Notice I said "Click on", not highlight: this
is a Paragraph style so you do not need to select text.
You'd think that would do it, right? Nope. You also need to update
your page formatting and of course any indexes and Tables of Contents need
to reflect where the pages actually will be, so you may as well just
do Tools->Update->Update All.
NOW everything should be in order. If you are using a table of contents,
you should see your chapter headings all on odd numbered pages. If
you choose "Preview", you'll see the inserted blank pages. If you
export to PDF and remember to check "Export automatically inserted blank pages", the blanks will be in your PDF file and of course that will print
as you wanted it.
I hope that helps you. It drove me crazy for a few weeks as I tried
to understand all the ins and outs.
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