I write my books in emacs, then convert them (thanks to a macro by the lovely Anne) to .rtf format and do the final editing in OpenOffice. With my current project (Incrementalists #2) things were a bit more complex, because of working with a collaborator. I now have the book on my Windows box instead of the Linux machine. There is a reason I reserve Windows for things that don’t really matter.
But anyway, here I am. Every time I close the file and open it again, formatting changes have been lost. To wit: line spacing, paragraph indenting, centering, underlining. This didn’t happen on the OO version for linux, but, as I said, here I am.
Does anyone who knows Open Office have any suggestions? I tried OpenOffice help, but I’m having trouble phrasing the question in such a way that their automated help knows what I’m talking about.
Replies that take the form, “You should be using X application or Y operating system” will not be appreciated even a little.
ETA: Attempting to duplicate the problem with another file led to another symptom: I am able to use the “Format–> paragraph”, but not “Format–> Paragraph Style.” The latter is not grayed out, but it won’t come up when I click it (in both cases, after selecting the entire document).