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Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby kyferez » Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:46 am

I have a text area with text in it. I don't know if it matters or not, but I copied and pasted this text from another program. The text is editable, but if I go to Format->Text and try to check the "Adjust to contour" option, I cannot because it is grayed out, disabled. Please help. Thanks!
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby keme » Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:23 pm

The only situation I've seen where that happens is when Fit to frame is selected. Does that fit your situation?

The Adjust to contour and Fit to frame options are mutually exclusive, so when one is selected, the other is disabled.
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby kyferez » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:47 am

Fit to Frame is Not checked. I have a number of extensions installed, but just tried disabling them and it didn't change anything...

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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby kyferez » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:50 pm

anyone?
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby kyferez » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:11 pm

If noone here knows, how do I get help from ooo?
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby keme » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:23 pm

Can you attach your file to one of your postings?
It's easier to make a diagnose if we have first hand contact with the problem.
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby foxcole » Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:44 pm

kyferez wrote:I have a text area with text in it. I don't know if it matters or not, but I copied and pasted this text from another program. The text is editable, but if I go to Format->Text and try to check the "Adjust to contour" option, I cannot because it is grayed out, disabled. Please help. Thanks!

This isn't detailed enough for me to know what you're talking about, either in exactly what you're working with or exactly what you're trying to do.

What do you mean by "a text area"... are you referring to a text object created with the "T" tool? The adjust-to-contour option is available in a drawn object, such as an ellipse, in which you're able to enter text, so the text will fill the object's shape instead of appearing in straight lines across the middle. (At least, that's how it works in 2.4.0.) For some reason I think you might be trying to curve a standard text box, which isn't possible with that option.
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby rlalger1 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:58 pm

I am trying something of the same. I am doing an org chart. I select a shape, drop it in, double-click inside the shape to add text, type the text, right-click, select "text", and the attachment is what displays. No ability to select "fit to frame" or "adjust to contour". Any ideas?

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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby foxcole » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:19 pm

rlalger1 wrote: I am doing an org chart. I select a shape, drop it in,

What do you mean by select a shape and drop it in? Is this org chart perhaps from a template with predefined shapes, and if so, where did you find the template?
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby acknak » Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:05 am

It strikes me as being ill-designed and confusing, but it seems clear enough: different kinds of shape support different text options.

Basic objects support only Adjust to contour or Fit to frame, but not both.

"Smart shapes" (e.g. the flowchart shapes) support only Word wrap text in shape and/or Resize shape to fit text.

Text boxes support only adjust width and/or adjust height.

You can tell what class any particular shape belongs to by looking at the left of the status bar when the object is selected.

Why anyone would build something with support for three different classes of "shape with text in it", each with similar but different and mutually exclusive capabilities and properties, I can only guess.
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby rlalger1 » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:02 pm

No template. I'm just trying to use what Draw offers. I thought I could use the "flowchart" icons in an org chart. No dice. The grayed out functions pretty much kill the ability. Also, the icons are exactly what's needed to represent an org chart [close, however]. Maybe someone will design some extensions to add on!?

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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby acknak » Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:53 pm

Sorry, but I don't see what you're talking about. You can certainly use OOo Draw to make flow charts, so maybe you can elaborate a bit on what you're after.

Does this have something to do with the topic in this thread? In my experience, the functions we were discussing here are almost never useful, so it's hard to see how it would prevent you from using Draw.
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Re: Adjust to contour is grayed out

Postby foxcole » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:57 pm

acknak wrote:Sorry, but I don't see what you're talking about. You can certainly use OOo Draw to make flow charts, so maybe you can elaborate a bit on what you're after.

The goal is an organization chart rather than a flowchart. I'm not sure how the "adjust to contour" or "fit to frame" would be useful, exactly, but I'm also not designing the org chart.

What I would do in this case, rlalger1, is just draw a shape from the tools that do let you use these functions, size it to whatever looks best, then open the Gallery, long-click on the shape, and drop it in. Now you can just drag-and-drop it from the Gallery anywhere and as many times as you need it in the file. (Incidentally, it will also be available to all the other OOo modules, so if you happen to need it in Writer, there it is.) You can also copy your favorite connectors to the Gallery, if that makes them more accessible to you.
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