Getting to know Apache OpenOffice Draw

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Draw interface follow the same guiding lines described on the beginning of this guide.


As it is possible to see on the screen shot, we have several toobars that can be turned on and off with View → Toolbars or edited on Tools → Customize → Toolbarstab. To the left of the screen we see the "Pages" panel, that display a thumbnail of each page existing on the document. To the right we have the Sidebar introduced on Apache OpenOffice 4.0, offering several tools to create or edit objects.

Draw's Sidebar

By default (extensions installed by the user may add new decks and/or panels), the sidebar in Draw feature four decks, each one with one or several panels.

Properties deck

The content displayed by Properties deck depends on the selected object. If no object is selected, it only display the "Insert Shape" panel


Once an object is selected, several panels are presented below. The panels "Text" and "Paragraph" can be used to select font properties and alignment of text associated to an object (we will come back to this later).

For vector inserted graphics, panels to change the properties of the filling and the lines that form the object are available as "Area" and "Line" panels. With these panels it is possible to set a background either as a solid color, as a picture, gradient or patter, set transparency, etcetera.

For lines it is possible to set an arrow head on either end, decide if at corners lines should be rounded, mitered or bevelet, if the line caps are square or rounded, etcetera.

The "Position and Size" panel permits to move, resize and rotate any selected object or picture.

If a picture is selected, a panel called "Graphic" will be available. This panel can be used to set image contrast or color (turn a picture to black and white, for example), set transparency or even modify the color balance or the gamma value.


Styles and Formatting Deck

Also in Draw it is possible to define styles to be applied to several objects, controlling the appearance and properties of those objects on a centralized way. We will come back to the use of styles on Draw on the next section.

Gallery Deck

The gallery offers a series of pictures, diagrams and sounds ready to be used on any document.



Selecting a theme listed on the top of the deck, you just need to draw and drop the selected image into your document, or right click → Insert. It is also possible to create a custom them with the  New Theme  button: just drag and drop the pictures you want to add to the gallery either from the document or from the file browser of your system to the newly created theme.

Documentation caution.png You cannot add objects to existing themes, unless it is the (empty by default) theme called "My Theme": you need to either use My Theme or create a new one.

Navigator Deck

The navigator can be used to browse between pages (called Slides on the navigator) and objects inserted on those pages. By default, only those objects with a "name" (right click on the object → Name) will be shown on Navigator, but you can choose to also show unnamed object as well.

Documentation caution.png There is a problem that do not permit to select unnamed objects from the navigator on Draw. See Issue 96488 for more details.
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