Bug 67785 - Feature request: non-printable pages
Summary: Feature request: non-printable pages
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Writer-Styles-Page Print
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Reported: 2013-08-05 11:20 UTC by Thom Brown
Modified: 2017-07-30 20:44 UTC (History)
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Description Thom Brown 2013-08-05 11:20:25 UTC
Feature Request


At the moment it is not possible to produce pages that won't be printed or exported.  One use case for such a feature is for creating templates with instructions in.  The first few pages may need to contain instructions on how to use the template, explain when certain styles should be used, how to edit fields that have been placed in the document, and other guidelines.  However, these instructions would not be wanted in the final output, and currently the only way around this is to delete those pages, or try to cram as much instruction into document notes as possible, which can be highly impractical.

Potential solution

If those instructional pages could be marked as "non-printable", print preview, printing and export could omit them, the same way it does for notes.  Pages would have a property of "non-printable" or "do not print/export".
Comment 1 Cor Nouws 2013-08-05 20:02:41 UTC
Hi Thom,

Thanks for the idea. 
But you can simply create sections and hide those. Will give you the possibilities you ask for, IMO.

I set the issue to Resolved and Worksforme ;)

Comment 2 Thom Brown 2013-08-05 23:45:04 UTC
Sections don't appear to be a solution.

Firstly, this will create blank pages when they are hidden, and headers and footers of those blank pages will be output.  Secondly, even if this wasn't the case, if the end-user needs to hide those sections (in the example use case of them containing instructions) the instructions would then need to instruct them on how to do that.  This presents the possibility of a user not remembering to hide it before output and then the final output contains instructions.

I don't want to hide or un-hide content.  I just want to mark content as non-printable, but still always be visible when editing the original document.  This is how comments automatically behave (i.e. when exporting to PDF, or printing, they aren't output).  However, comments are only useful for brief instruction, not for giving lengthy and formatted examples.
Comment 3 Cor Nouws 2014-11-04 21:36:48 UTC
still a valid request