This is a small tip but it really helped me on a recent project. Normally, OpenOffice Writer doesn’t allow you to wrap text around a table. So if you have a table on the left side of the page and text on the right side, it ends up looking like this:
This can be a problem when you’re translating something like an official document, and you need to reproduce the source formatting exactly.You can work around the problem by inserting your table into a frame (Insert>Frame) and making the frame’s border invisible (in the Frame dialog box, click the Borders tab and then set the border to None). Then, you get this:
It would be great if OpenOffice would just enable text flow around tables, but this seems like a fairly painless solution in the meantime!