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LibreOffice 3.4.1 Table Borders Problem July 14, 2011

Posted by rm42 in Computers.

This is just a quick post about a problem I am seeing in LibreOffice 3.4.1, but that some people tell me they are not seeing.

I made a very simple odt document with a simple table using LibreOffice 3.3.3 for Windows. This is how it looks:

LibreOffice 3.3.3 Table

LibreOffice 3.3.3 Table

You can download the actual document here Test1.

I then opened the file with LibreOffice 3.4.1 for Windows. The results were that the table formatting changed, enough to make it a problem. This is how it looks:

LibreOffice 3.4.1 table formating problem

LibreOffice 3.4.1 table formating problem

Again, you can download the actual document LibreOffice 3.4.1 Document.

Finally, this is how the file looks when you open it back on LibreOffice 3.3 after having been saved by 3.4.1:

Document in 3.3 after saved in 3.4.1

Document in 3.3 after saved in 3.4.1

This has been submitted as a bug here:



1. mookiemu - July 14, 2011

I opened it in Ubuntu 11.04 and what I got is completely different.
For me it opens up with a single border on top and no borders around the side and lower perimeters.

rm42 - July 15, 2011

Good point. I assume you opened it with LibreOffice 3.3.x. I added an image to show how it looks after completing the round trip.

mookiemu - July 15, 2011

Yes, that’s exactly how it looks for me.

2. Steve Kelem - July 19, 2011

I filed a related issue, bug 38542, which has been open since June 21 without any comments.

That bug contains an example of a file containing tables created in OpenOffice. When opened in LibreOffice 3.4.x, the table rules are huge, obscuring the contents of the table cells. The example is representative of hundreds of tables in my documents that are wrecked by the change to table border functionality.

It will be a huge hit to convert all my tables to the new format (there aren’t Styles for tables, as in Framemaker, are there?) individually, by hand.

If the upgrade to 3.4 doesn’t convert the tables to look the same in the new dialog, there should be some sort of guidance for the user to understand how the new options relate to the old ones. (The different double-lines look identical in the dialog until you apply them into a table!)

3. rm42 - September 14, 2011

Here is another border rendering bug I have submitted:


4. Bill - July 14, 2012

In LibreOffice 3.5.4 I’m seeing wierd changes on table borders. I try to change one line in a table to be thicker and unexpected other lines change. Getting them right has a lot of seeming randomness in it.

5. rm42 - August 9, 2012

LibreOffice resolves several problems with table borders. However, there is still a little work to do to fix the way it displays the joints of tables with a mix of border types.


6. Denise - September 24, 2014

This problem continues with version of LO. The only solution I found to have the borders not disappear, is to save it to docx.
In .odt the borders display as I format it and in the print preview, but as I save and close it, next time I open the same doc, the borders are gone.

Panos - June 26, 2015

I had filed an issue about text borders some years ago. In the end the LibreOffice team declared that they would mark as “RESOLVED” for better organization and asked me to file this under a new bug.

I’ve switched back to OpenOffice and this solved the problem.

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