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Status Bar

The Writer status bar is located at the bottom of the workspace. It provides information about the document and convenient ways to quickly change some document features.

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Figure 9: Left end of status bar
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Figure 10: Right end of status bar

Page number

Shows the current page number, the sequence number of the current page (if different from the page number), and the total number of pages in the document. For example, if a document has 14 pages, and you restarted page numbering at 1 on the third page, its page number is 1, its sequence number is 3, and the total number of pages is 14; this field would show 1 3/14.

If any bookmarks have been defined in the document, a right-click on this field pops up a list of bookmarks; click on the required one to go to the bookmark.

To jump to a specific page in the document, double-click on this field. The Navigator opens (see page 19). Click in the Page Number field in the Navigator and type the sequence number of the required page. After a brief delay, the display jumps to the selected page.

Page style

Shows the style of the current page. To change the page style, right-click on this field. A list of page styles pops up; choose a different style by clicking on it.

To edit the current page style, double-click on this field. The Page Style dialog box opens. See Chapter 6 and 7 in this book for more information about styles.


Shows the language for the selected text.

Click to open a menu where you can choose another language for the selected text or for the paragraph where the cursor is located. You can also select None (Do not check spelling) to exclude the text from a spelling check or pick More to open the Character dialog box. See Chapter 3 (Working with Text) for more information.

Insert mode

Click to toggle between Insert and Overwrite modes when typing. In Insert mode, any text after the cursor position moves forward to make room for the text you type; in Overwrite mode, text after the cursor position is replaced by the text you type.

Selection mode

Click to toggle between STD (Standard), EXT (Extend), ADD (Add) and BLK (Block) selection. EXT is an alternative to  ⇧ Shift  +  click  when selecting text. See Chapter 3 (Working with Text) for more information about these modes.

Unsaved changes

An asterisk (*) appears here if changes to the document have not been saved.

Digital signature

If the document has been digitally signed, an icon AOO41GS04 004 DigSignIcon.png shows here. To view the certificate, double-click the icon.

Section or object information

When the cursor is in a section, heading, or list item, or when an object (such as a picture or table) is selected, information about that item appears in this field. Double-clicking in this area opens a relevant dialog box.

Object Information shown Dialog box opened
Picture Size and position Format Picture
List item Level and list style Bullets and Numbering[1]
Heading Outline numbering level Bullets and Numbering1
Table Name or number and cell reference of cursor Table Format
Section Name of section Edit Sections
Other (Blank) Fields (Cross-References page)

View layout

Click an icon to change between single page, side-by-side, and book layout views. (See Figure 11.) You can edit the document in any view. Zoom settings (see below and next page) interact with the selected view layout to determine how many pages are visible in the document window.

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Figure 11. View layouts: single, side-by-side, book


To change the view magnification, drag the Zoom slider, or click on the + and – signs, or right-click on the zoom level percent to pop up a list of magnification values from which to choose.

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  1. If a list style was used with a list item or heading, no dialog box appears.
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