Page Setting Formulas

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Spacing between the formula and the text

  • If you want to set the spacing between a formula and the text, select the formula, then right click or Ctrl-click, and in the pop-up menu which appears, select Object, then click the Wrap tab in the dialogue. In the Spacing section modify the values as you want. Those modifications will apply only to the current formula.
  • If you want to modify those settings for all the new formulas, select the formula, choose the Format menu then the Styles and Formatting sub-menu or press the Ctrl+F11 keys. In the floating window which opens, click the Frame Styles icon (the third from the left side), then right click or Ctrl-click the Formula item. Select Modify… in the pop-up menu which displays, then click the Wrap tab. Modify the different values in the Spacing section as you want.

Alignment of baselines

One of the most tedious issues of page setting, and often mentioned on the forums of mathematicians, is poor vertical alignment of formulas. This problem is not caused by NeoOffice; it was reported a long time ago on "Issuezilla" (Issue 972), but has not yet been fixed.
You can use the following "manual" workaround:
Select the formula whose alignment you want to set. Then, pressing the Option key, use the up and down arrows on the keyboard, to move the formula to the top or to the bottom, depending on the situation, until the formula is correctly aligned with the surrounding text.

Numbering Formulas

It's possible in NeoOffice Math to include numbered formulas with the help of a built-in AutoText. At the beginning of a paragraph, after a linebreak, type "fn" (without quotes) then press the F3 key (or fn+F3 on a laptop). That inserts a table with one line and two columns. The first column contains a formula, default is E=mc^2, centered in the page, the second one is right aligned and contains the number of the formula in the document. You have to double-click the formula to open the command window and edit the formula.

It's possible to number a group of formulas or an equation with several lines, using the same method. Type, for example

matrix{ alignr x+y # {}={} # alignl 2 ## alignr x # {}={} # alignl 2-y}
left none stack{E=m c^2 #F=ma#E=1 over 2 mgh} right rbrace
and it's done!
Illustration de la numérotation de formules sur plusieurs lignes

References to a formula

You can insert references to the numbered formulas in your text.

  • Place the cursor at the location where you want to insert the reference to the formula
  • Choose in the Insert menu the Cross-reference… sub-menu
  • In the dialogue, under the References tab, in the section Type select Text
  • In the section Selection choose the number of the formula
  • In the section Format select Reference
  • Click the Insert button.

Text Mode

If you want that the formulas which are inserted in a text line, have a more compact format, you can use the "Text Mode". To do that, double-click on the formula, the command window will opens. Choose the Format menu, then the Text Mode sub-menu. This modification applies only to the formula you are writing.

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