LibreOffice get colors back in PDF exports

LibreOffice get colors back in PDF exports

Since OpenOffice [1] moved to LibreOffice‌ [2], direct consequence of Sun Microsystems bought by Oracle [3], some differences may have been felt, except name change. - the Free and Open Productivity Suite
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One of them, on my LibreOffice‌ version (actually 3.3.3), had a particular impact on me : my PDF exports were systematically black and white.

For example, while working on a LibreOffice‌ Writer document (Fig 1), containing some colored titles, I noticed that PDF export, with same options (Fig 2) as before version change, was exported as a black and white PDF (Fig 3).

A simple solution that I propose you, is to look in your print options (Ctrl + P). Once in the print screen, go in the LibreOffice‌ Writer tab, and uncheck Print text in black option (Fig 4). Cancel is enough, it is not necessary to start printing.

Re-export then your file in PDF, and colors are back (Fig 5)!

On my computer, this manipulation have to be done each time I start LibreOffice‌ [2], as this option is automatically checked, even if I change it.

LibreOffice: export directly as PDF

In LibreOffice, print to PDF is a standard function of the software, accessible in the menu File > Export as PDF.

An OpenOffice PDF export, or a LibreOffice‌ PDF export, can be generated easily simply by using this built-in function, and following the instructions – the standard PDF export‌ settings will be good enough for most cases.

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