OpenOffice Writer FAQ – Graphics, Frames and Objects

  • How do I crop a graphic
  • How do I get my scanner working under OpenOfficeorg
  • How can I rotate a graphic with a given angle
  • How do I change the colors in an image before I use it in an Openofficeorg file
  • How do I insert a screenshot or other image into my file
  • How do I size a graphic proportionally

How do I crop a graphic?


To crop the image, select Edit->Object->Edit, and then Modify->Crop.

How do I get my scanner working under


  1. Make sure that the scanner is supported by the SANE system if you are running the Linux (or other UNIX-like) operating system, or TWAIN if you are using a Windows version, and that it is already configured on the machine on which OOo is running. If more than one scanner or equivalent device are present, select the source from Insert > Picture > Scan > Select Source.
  2. Place the cursor where you want the picture to appear in the document.
  3. Select Insert > Picture > Scan > Request.
  4. The rest of the procedure depends on the scanner driver and interface. You will normally be required to specify the resolution, a scan window and other parameters. Consult the scanner’s documentation for more information.
  5. When the scan is complete, OOo places the picture at the cursor’s location.

How can I rotate a graphic with a given angle?

Up to version 2.x, Writer doesn’t contain a rotation facility for graphics. To rotate graphics, you need to use Draw:

  1. In your Writer file, select the graphic you want to rotate and copy it.
  2. Open a Draw window and paste your graphic into the Draw file.
  3. Right-click on the graphic, select “Position and Size”.
  4. Select “Rotation” and rotate according to your needs.
  5. Select your graphic after it has been rotated and copy it.
  6. Go back to Writer and paste the rotated graphic into your file.

How do I change the colors in an image (JPEG format) before I use it in an file?


Image:documentation_note.png This applies to OOo 1.x only has an image editor. When you open a JPEG file, knows to open it in this editor. Once the file is open:

  1. Click on the Eyedropper icon in the toolbar at the left side of the work area, or select: Modify -> Eyedropper from the pull down menus to display the Eyedropper dialog.
  2. In the Eyedropper dialog, click the Eyedropper icon in the upper left corner
  3. Move the mouse to the first color in the image area that you want to replace. You can see the color you’re over in the color field in the Eyedropper window. When you see the color you want in that field, click the mouse.
  4. Enter a tolerance value – how exact the color match should be. Try the tolerance first at 10%. You might need to increase it for any change to be made. A 30% value is usually effective. You can go as high as 99% – but it may pick up more area than you want.
  5. In the “Replace with” list, select the color to change to.
  6. Click Replace. If nothing happens, increase the tolerance.
  7. To select other colors to change, repeat steps 2 through 6. To acheive a monotone effect, use a high tolerance value such as 99%, and repeat these steps several times to select all colors and change them to a single color.

How do I insert a screenshot or other image into my file?


  1. Any graphic in a supported format (such as GIF, JPEG, PNG) may be inserted into an file.
  2. From the menu bar, select Insert->Graphics->From File. Navigate to the directory in which the images are saved, and click Open.

How do I size a graphic proportionally?


The easiest way is to hold the keyboard Shift key down, then drag one of the corners.

You can also use Format->Object.