Bug 63652 - The Amazing Moving Tab Stops
Summary: The Amazing Moving Tab Stops
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other Mac OS X (All)
: highest blocker
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Reported: 2013-04-17 19:31 UTC by revmcleod
Modified: 2013-04-18 08:50 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description revmcleod 2013-04-17 19:31:31 UTC
As a pastor I publish weekly church bulletins and monthly newsletters the design of which depends on several tab stops.  Problem/Frustration... I create a document, save it, close it and when I open it again, the tabs have migrated.  Sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right, sometimes off into the margins, sometimes... you get the picture.  That means that either I or my staff then must re-format the document and print masters for photocopying without closing and re-opening the document.  Exchanging files between libreoffice on my mac with libreoffice on the church's pc only compounds the problem.  AAAaaarrrrgggHHHHHHHHH!

Is this a common/known problem?  Is there a fix I can do?  Is there a fix in the works?

Rev. Jeremy McLeod
Comment 1 crazyskeggy 2013-04-17 19:58:47 UTC
Which format are you saving in? .odt, .doc or .docx?

Which version of LibreOffice are you using? (Help > About)
Comment 2 Emir Sarı 2013-04-17 20:42:46 UTC
And a sample file - that would be great.
Comment 3 Petr Mladek 2013-04-18 08:44:18 UTC
The problem most likely is that you have different fonts on the different systems. Each font has different metrics, so the text has different size and it matches different default tab positions.

It might help if you define exact tab positions in "Format/Paragraph/Tabs". Another solution would be to use Tables or Frames.

The best solution depends on what you want to achieve. In each case, you should not do formatting using spaces or normal tabs. This is not portable and it always causes these problems.

The proper solution is to do the formatting the right way. I am sure that the above hints will help. If not, I would suggest to ask on the users@global.libreoffice.org where you could get more precise hints how to achieve the wanted formatting.

I close this bug for now. Feel free to reopen it, it the above hints do not help or if nobody suggest a working solution at users@global.libreoffice.org.