Direct Cursor (aka, Shadow Cursor, Click-and-type) in Libre/OpenOffice

I have cluttered this post with verbosity in the hope that it will snag searches and save someone the frustration I have just experienced: trying to find a feature in LibreOffice or OpenOffice for which I don’t even have a name.  How can you search for it if you don’t know what it’s called?

The feature is one that I knew WordPerfect had, but I have used WP so rarely that I couldn’t remember what it was called.  I tried search terms like ‘insert text at mouse pointer,’ ‘move cursor to mouse pointer,’  ‘WordPerfect features LibreOffice,’ insert text blank page,’ insert text anywhere in document,’ and ‘insert text at cursor’ (well, duh…but I was desperate).  The search term that finally got me there–at the last hit on the second page (Who goes to the second page?!) was, ‘OpenOffice move cursor to mouse pointer position.’

So, for the few out there in my shoes: the feature that you are looking for is called Direct Cursor, and it can be found at Tools|Options|LibreOffice.org Writer|Formatting Aids. Check the Direct Cursor box, and enjoy.

This really is a useful feature, and one that I encourage you to try if you are unfamiliar with it.  I don’t think it will get in the way for me even when I don’t need it, and for the project I am currently working on (merging two handbooks, and needing to align/compare sections side by side in columns), it really is a grief-saver.

Thanks to Sunshine Coast Computer Club for the tip. Check this post for more details.

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