Disabling LibreOffice Styles Preview

LibreOffice 5, released this month, introduced a feature that displays formatted previews of styles in the Styles and Formatting window. Previously, the style names appeared in a system format that did not visually represent the actual style being applied.

Styles - no Preview
Styles and Formatting window without Style Preview.
Styles - with Preview
Styles and Formatting window with Style Preview introduced in LibreOffice 5.

At the time of this writing, the author has found several bugs with this new Preview feature. In an attempt to bypass these display bugs, he disabled the Preview by using the following steps.

To disable the Styles Preview, access the LibreOffice Preferences window. On Mac OS, this is done from the LibreOffice menu, then by selecting Preferences. Next, navigate to the LibreOffice > Advanced section, as shown below. At the bottom of this screen there is an “Expert Configuration” button. Click this button to enter Expert Configuration mode.

Preferences - Advanced
LibreOffice Advanced preferences.

In the Expert Configuration window there appears a search field at the top of the window. This allows you to find the configuration option of interest. Enter the text “StylesAndFormatting” in the search field and click the Search button. This will isolate the parameter of interest to us, called “/org.openoffice.Office.Common/StylesAndFormatting.” This paramater has one property called Preview. In the Value column, double-click the “true” value to toggle it to “false.” By setting this value to false, the Styles Preview will be deactivated.

Expert Configuration
Expert Configuration showing Preference, Property, and Value for the Styles Preview.

Click OK to save the change. To activate this new configuration, restart LibreOffice.

Reference

  • Style previews in the Sidebar
    https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0#Style_previews_in_the_Sidebar
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