Openoffice Letterhead

John D Lamb J.D.Lamb at
Fri Sep 25 06:49:51 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 14:13 -0600, drew einhorn wrote:
> > to reopen the dialogue. On the Wrap tab, select Through and In
> > background. You will now have the image in the background on the first
> > page only.
> Hmm.  What if they have a different letterhead for second,
> and subsequent pages.

In that case you’d either have to insert a graphic on every page or
(better) use page styles. Here’s how it can be done. Set up a blank
document. Use

Format > Styles and Formatting

to open the Styles and Formatting dialogue. Press the Page Styles
button. Double-click First Page to select it. Now you can put in the
graphic for the first page as before. For the second and subsequent
pages the following should work. Insert a page break and go to the
second page. Edit the page style use

Format Page…

to edit it. On the Header tab, tick Header on (alternatively you could
use the footer). Now insert the graphic for the second and subsequent
pages as before, but click in the header before inserting the picture
and don’t change the anchor to page.

What happens is this. The first graphic is anchored to the first page.
The second is anchored to the header of the Default page style used for
the second and subsequent pages. Both are in the background.

You should now be able to delete the page break. The second graphic will
disappear. But it will also reappear whenever your letter spills over
onto a second page.

> > The reason for using the dialogue twice is that if the
> > picture doesn’t overlap the margins when you set it as a background
> > image you won’t be able to select it directly (though it is still
> > accessible through Navigator).
> I did not undstand that.

Try this on a blank document. Insert a small graphic in the middle of a
page. Then change its wrap to through and background. Then try to move
it. You’ll find you can’t select it because it’s in the background.
There are ways to recover—using Navigator for example—but it’s easier to
try to avoid the problem.


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