Bug 46397 - Not able to turn on/off page-background in pdf-export
Summary: Not able to turn on/off page-background in pdf-export
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: filter:pdf
Depends on:
Blocks: PDF-Export
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Reported: 2012-02-21 07:36 UTC by Martho
Modified: 2021-02-01 16:25 UTC (History)
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Description Martho 2012-02-21 07:36:09 UTC

when exporting a pdf, you are not able to turn on/off the background of a document in this dialog.

To turn on/off the background in an exported pdf, you have to:
- Open the printing-dialog
- Goto "LibreOffice Writer"
- Tick on/off "page background"
- Leave the printing-dialog with "cancel" (because you don't want to print, you want to export an PDF)
- Open the PDF-export-dialog and export the PDF

I saw people found it a bit puzzling to use the printing-dialog to change a setting concerning the pdf-export as well ("why is this not in the pdf-export-dialog"?) and to leave the print-dialog with "cancel" to save the settings without printing ("I have to press 'cancel' to save this setting for pdf-export?").

I think it's just inconvenient if you have to open the printing-dialog to do that. It would be much more confortable to be able to have the "page background"-checkbox available in the pdf-export dialog as well.
Comment 1 hastokkebye 2014-03-22 12:03:47 UTC

It seems that nothing have been done to this "minor" problem yet.

It might be less important for most people, but I do find it quite annoying, and it occurred after version 3.4.

Is it possible to add some kind of settings in MultiSave / MultiFormatSave, which are simple extensions, so the PDF-file ALWAYS include all graphic regardless of the printer settings?

A simple chechbox in Multi(Format)Save window would been fabulous.
Comment 2 paulystefan 2020-04-02 18:54:49 UTC
with coming dark mode and smart colors invert like in iOS or ipadOS

changing background from black to white or white to black is more important.
Comment 3 Gerhard Weydt 2021-02-01 16:25:32 UTC
According to my tests this is coupled with the option "Page background" for Writer, at leat when creating the PDF from Writer, I didn't test other modules.
Mark that at some version between 5.2 and 6.4 a change happened, now the option seems to become effective only after a restart of LibO.