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KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool - page 3

Aim Higher Than MS Word

  • December 6, 2007
  • By Carla Schroder
Frame properties are the key to KWord happiness. Frame properties control flow and positioning. Open a Blank template and select the frame. Do this by positioning the cursor over any part of the frame border until it changes into a little hand, then right-click. This selects the frame and opens a little context menu. Another way to do this is position the cursor inside the frame, then go to Edit -> Select Frame, then click the Frames -> Frame/Frameset Properties menu. All you can do to this frame is add formatting- borders and backgrounds, and change margins. But that's all, because this behaves like a classic main text frame for Text mode.

But you want a more complex layout, so go to the left-hand side of your KWord window and click the little "Create a new text frame" button. You can also do this from the Insert menu. Your cursor changes to a cross; hold down your left mouse button and draw any size box. It's easy to change, so don't worry about getting it right the first time. This opens a multi-tab menu. Just click OK. You can select this new text box with your cursor, drag it all over the page, and resize it with the mouse.

Now comes the cool power tool part--select the new text box, then either right-click or use the Frames menu to make changes. For example, suppose you want your text box to be a specific size in a specific location on your page. On the Options tab check "If text is too long for frame--Don't show the extra text." On the Geometry tab, set the size and position.

What if you want three columns of a fixed size, and you want text to automatically flow across the columns, but not create new pages? For example, you're creating a single-page brochure, so everything has to stay put and not go wandering around. First create a new text frame and give it a nice name, like in Figure 1. Then create a second frame, and on the "Connect Text Frames" tab, check "Select existing frameset to connect frame to" and select the frameset name you just created. Figure 2 shows what this looks like. Repeat for the third frame.

Now select any single frame and open the Frame/Frameset Properties menu, Options tab. Check "Don't show the extra text" and "Do not create a copy of this frame." Now you have a nice three-column frameset all nailed down. Note that it's the order of the frames on the page that controls the text flow, so if you paste in text, and then move the frames around, the text will re-order itself.

Next week we'll take an even deeper dive into excellent KWord power tools.


KWord comes with an excellent manual. This may be a separate package in your Linux distribution.
Wikipedia has a nice summary of the features and flaws of MS Word

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