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Well, that's not the way I use tab stops on Writer ;)
Suppose you want to have a "description"(1): a lone word to the left
followed by a paragraph aligned as a "block":
Word:     Definition
.............More definition
.............More definition
Another: Definition
.............More definition
.............More definition
Then you set your paragraph style with "space before text" and a
negative indent for the first line (on Space and Indent tab) plus a
tab stop at a distance from margin equal to the "space before text"
you set before (on Tabs tab): bingo! Type the word to be defined,
press tab and start to type your definition. In this case (the only I
use) tab stops are part of the paragraph design, not direct

(1) on LaTeX this is something like
\item [{Word}] Definition and More definition
\item [{Another}] Definition and More definition

2010/10/29 Johannes Bausch <>:
I agree with you - I write my documents with LaTeX and there you
really don't have direct formatting tools. The problem is, though,
that tabs are a direct formatting tool by definition - you mark a
passage and set your tab stop, just like the character "a". It's not a
property of your whole document. Indeed, if you want the same tab stop
in several parts of the document, you have to do tedious work:
remember the tab stop position, mark the passages you need it and
manually set it. This is why I don't like tabs.
The suggested improvement would let you place snap points (just like
in Inkscape, yes) on the ruler - for the whole document, or for the
page type you're currently using. Then, when you write text, you can
place tabs by pressing tab and they can be snapped to a ruler by
resizing them with the mouse - like that you can choose to take the
next, the last or whatever snap point you want (note that this would
break compatibility with MS Office since there you can only "tab" to
the next tab stop).
Another advantage would be that if you move such a snap point line,
all tabs all over your document will follow - you don't have to repeat
that for every paragraph.

2010/10/29 Jussi Silvonen <>:
2010/10/29 RGB ES <>

Writer have a good tradition of tools that helps the build of complex
documents (styles, styles and more styles!).
What I would like to see instead of more direct formatting tools, is a
redesign of the way styles are defined to easy the learning curve of
new users.

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