Problem description: Not allowing for styles to be applied to text within text boxes or shapes from drawing tools in Writer limits the application from being able to fully used in Desktop Publishing methods.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Writer
2. From the Drawing toolbar select Text and create a text box area on the page
3. Double-click and add text
Current behavior: The Formatting toolbar swaps with the Drawing Properties toolbar and applying a style to text is not possible.
Expected behavior: Document styles should still be available and to be able to be applied. This will allow for much more "desktop publishing"-like work within Writer, and lot limit the power of styles to "standard text" on the page.
Operating System: All
Version: 220.127.116.11 rc
This behavior can be found in every version of LibreOffice.
Reproducible with LO 18.104.22.168, Win 8.1
In the cases where you need text styles in text box, you have 2 solutions:
1/ use a frame instead of a text box. Writer has styles for frames.
2/ There is not styles for graphic objects in Writer, but styles for text box exist in Draw. So you can create your text boxes in Draw and copy&paste them in your text document.
As there is a long term aim to replace the drawing functions in Writer by the ones of Draw, I close this bug report as WontFix. Please, feel free to reopen if you disagree.
Best regards. JBF