Draw Guide 7.1

Appendix B,


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Publication date and software version

Published July 2021. Based on LibreOffice 7.1 Community. Other versions of LibreOffice may differ in appearance and functionality.

Using LibreOffice on macOS

Some keystrokes and menu items are different on macOS from those used in Windows and Linux. The table below gives some common substitutions for the instructions in this document. For a detailed list, see the application Help.

Windows or Linux

macOS equivalent


Tools > Options

LibreOffice > Preferences

Access setup options


Control+click or right-click depending on computer setup

Open a context menu

Ctrl (Control)


Used with other keys



Open the Styles deck in the Sidebar


Draw provides several toolbars to help in creating drawings. Each toolbar has a default set of tools and the option to add additional tools.


The icons displayed in the Draw toolbars illustrated in this appendix may differ from what is displayed on your computer screen. Toolbar icons depend on the computer operating system being used and how LibreOffice has been set up.

Using toolbars

Displaying toolbars

To display a toolbar and make it active, go to View > Toolbars on the Menu bar. A submenu opens with a list of available toolbars for Draw. Click on a toolbar name to make it active. Active toolbars are indicated by highlighting or a check mark next to the name, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Draw toolbars



Some toolbars, although selected in View > Toolbars on the Menu bar, will not display until an object of the correct type is selected in the drawing. For example, the Image toolbar only displays when an image is selected.

Closing toolbars

To close a toolbar, use one of the following methods:

Moving toolbars

Docked toolbars

By default, some toolbars are docked into position in the Draw main window. For example, the Standard toolbar is docked at the top of the main window. Docked toolbars can be undocked and moved to a new docked position on the main window or left as a floating toolbar. Before moving a toolbar, the toolbar must be unlocked.

1)  Move the mouse cursor over the small vertical handle at the left end of the toolbar. The mouse cursor changes to a moving cursor for the computer system and setup.

2)  Click and hold down the mouse button and drag the toolbar to a new location. This can be a new docked position or a floating toolbar. A hashed border appears around the toolbar indicating the toolbar position as it is dragged.

3)  Release the mouse button when the required position is reached.

Floating toolbars

To move a floating toolbar, click on its title bar and drag it to a new floating location. Release the mouse button when the toolbar is in the requirted position. A floating toolbar does not have to be positioned on the Draw main window for it to function.

Docking a floating toolbar

To dock a floating toolbar, use one of the following methods:

Locked toolbars

A docked toolbar can also be locked into its position on the Draw main window.


Some toolbars cannot be docked or locked into position. This is indicated by the options Dock Toolbar and/or Lock Toolbar Position being grayed out, making the options unavailable.

Editing toolbars

When LibreOffice is installed on a computer, it includes a set of toolbars suitable for each LibreOffice component. Each toolbar has a default set of visible tools. You can add tools, delete tools, and customize toolbars.

Adding tools

1)  Right-click in a blank area on a toolbar, or click on the small downward triangle ▼ on the right of the toolbar title bar.

2)  Select Visible Buttons from the context menu to display a list of available tools.

3)  Click on the tool required and the tool appears in the toolbar. The list of available tools closes automatically. A highlight or check mark next to the tool indicates that the tool is already installed on the toolbar.


When adding tools using Visible Buttons, the tool is added to the toolbar at the same position as the tool appears in the Visible Buttons list. That is, the top tool in Visible Buttons appears at the left end of the toolbar; the bottom tool in Visible Buttons list appears at the right end of the toolbar. Tool positions cannot be changed using Visible Buttons.

Deleting tools

1)  Right-click in a blank area on a toolbar, or click on the small downward triangle ▼ on the right of the toolbar title bar.

2)  Select Visible Buttons from the context menu to display a list of available tools.

3)  Click on the tool no longer required and the tool is removed from the toolbar. The highlight or check mark next to the tool is also removed. The list of available tools closes automatically.

Customizing toolbars

Extra tools and commands that are not available in Visible Buttons can be added to a toolbar using customization. Customization also allows the creation of new toolbars if a specific set of tools are required for a specific task. For information on customizing toolbars, see the Getting Started Guide.



The tools installed on a toolbar are normally indicated in Visible Buttons either by the tool icon being highlighted or by a check mark. However, this install indication depends on computer setup and computer operating system being used.


On some toolbars, the icons have a small downward pointing triangle ▼ to the right of an icon. Click on this triangle to open further options that are available for use.


Some of the tools in the toolbars also have the option of using a keyboard shortcut instead of clicking on the tool. For a full list of keyboard shortcuts that are available in Draw, see Appendix A, Keyboard Shortcuts.


The 3D-Objects toolbar (Figure 2) provides tools to create 3D objects in a drawing. It is activated either by going to View > Toolbars > 3D-Objects on the Menu bar or by clicking on 3D Objects on the Drawing toolbar.

Figure 2: 3D-Objects toolbar


Figure 3: 3D-Settings toolbar



The 3D-Settings toolbar (Figure 3) and its tools only become active when an object has been converted to 3D using the tool Toggle Extrusion and the converted object is then selected. The following tools on this toolbar have a small downward pointing triangle ▼ on the right of the icon. Click on this triangle to open a drop-down menu giving access to various options as follows:

Align Objects

The Align Objects toolbar (Figure 4) provides tools for aligning several objects in a drawing to improve the visual impact of a drawing.

Figure 4: Align Objects toolbar



The Comments toolbar (Figure 5) provides tool for adding, deletion, and navigation of comments in a drawing. To use comments, it is recommended to add your name and initials in Tools > Options > LibreOffice > User Data so that comments can be easily identified.

Figure 5: Comments toolbar


Distribute Selection

The Distribute Selection toolbar (Figure 6) provides tools to distribute three or more selected objects evenly along the horizontal axis or vertical axis. Also, the spacing between objects can be evenly distributed.

Figure 6: Distribute Selection toolbar



The Drawing toolbar (Figure 7) provides the majority of the tools normally used to create graphic objects in a drawing.

Figure 7: Drawing toolbar


Some tool shapes on the Drawing toolbar change depending on the last tool that had previously been selected and used.

Figure 8: Lines and Arrows sub-toolbar


Figure 9: Curves and Polygons sub-toolbar


Figure 10: Connectors sub-toolbar


Figure 11: Basic Shapes sub-toolbar


Figure 12: Symbol shapes sub-toolbar


Figure 13: Block Arrows sub-toolbar


Figure 14: Flowchart sub-toolbar


Figure 15: Callouts sub-toolbar


Figure 16: Stars and Banners sub-toolbar


Figure 17: 3D-Objects sub-toolbar


Edit Points

The Edit Points toolbar (Figure 18) provides tools for editing the points of a curve or an object that has been converted to a curve. The toolbar only becomes active when an object is selected and one of the following methods is used to open the toolbar:

Figure 18: Edit Points toolbar



The Find toolbar (Figure 19) opens by default in the bottom left corner of the Draw main window. This toolbar is normally docked at the bottom left of the Draw main window above the Status bar. However, it can be undocked and made into a floating toolbar.

Figure 19: Find toolbar



The Fontwork toolbar (Figure 20) is used to create graphical text objects in a drawing and provide the tools for editing the graphical text object. This toolbar only becomes active when a Fontwork graphical text object in the drawing has been selected.

Some tools on the Fontwork toolbar have a small downward pointing triangle ▼ to the right of the tool. Click on the triangle to open a pop-up toolbar or drop-down option list.

Figure 20: Fontwork toolbar


Form Controls

The Form Controls toolbar (Figure 21) provides the tools required to create an interactive form. This allows controls to be added to a form in a text, drawing, spreadsheet, presentation, or HTML document (for example a button that runs a macro).

Figure 21: Form Controls toolbar


Figure 22: Form Design toolbar


Form Design

The Form Design toolbar (Figure 22) opens a form in Design Mode so that it can be edited. You cannot activate the controls of the form or edit its contents when in Design Mode. However, you can change the position and size of the controls, edit other properties, and add or delete controls in Design Mode.

Form Navigation

The Form Navigation toolbar (Figure 23) provides tools to edit a database table or control the data view. The toolbar is normally displayed at the bottom of a document that contains fields that are linked to a database. This toolbar is only active when forms are connected to a database; an inactivate toolbar is shown in Figure 23.

The Form Navigation toolbar also allows movement within records as well as inserting and deleting records. If data is saved in a form, the changes are transferred to the database. This toolbar also provides tools providing sort, filter, and search functions for data records.

Figure 23: Form Navigation toolbar


Figure 24: Glue Points toolbar


Glue Points

The Glue Points toolbar (Figure 24) provides tools to insert a glue point or modify the properties of a glue point. A glue point is a point where a connector is attached to an object. By default, LibreOffice automatically places a glue point at the center of each side of the bounding rectangle for every object created.


The Image toolbar (Figure 25) provides tools to edit, modify, align, reposition and resize images. The toolbar only becomes active and available when an image is selected in a drawing. The Image toolbar automatically replaces the Line and Filling toolbar when it becomes active.

Figure 25: Image toolbar



The Insert toolbar (Figure 26) provides tools to insert different types of objects into a drawing.

Figure 26: Insert toolbar


Legacy Circles and Ovals

The Legacy Circles and Ovals toolbar (Figure 27) provides tools to insert different types of circles and ovals into a drawing.

Figure 27: Legacy Circles and Ovals toolbar


Legacy Rectangles

The Legacy Rectangles toolbar (Figure 28) provides tools to insert different types of rectangles and squares into a drawing.

Figure 28: Legacy Rectangles toolbar


Line and Filling

The Line and Filling toolbar (Figure 29) provides tools and drop-down lists for editing lines, arrows, and object borders. The tools available vary depending on the type of object selected for editing.

Figure 29: Line and Filling toolbar


Master View

The Master View toolbar (Figure 30) provides tools to create a new master page, rename a master page, delete a master page, and close master view. This toolbar is only active when Draw is in master view.

Figure 30: Master View toolbar


Media Playback

The Media Playback toolbar (Figure 31) provides the standard tools required to insert, view, play, and listen to audio and video files. The toolbar only becomes active when an audio or video file is selected. Draw supports many different media formats depending on the computer operating system being used. The tools available on the toolbar from left to right are as follows:

Figure 31: Media Playback toolbar



The Options toolbar (Figure 32) provides tools for editing various settings for newly created drawings, for example how objects snap to the grid when being moved or resized.

Figure 32: Options toolbar



The Redaction toolbar (Figure 33) is used to block portions of a drawing protecting sensitive information and helps enterprises and organizations to comply with regulations on confidentiality or privacy.

When a redacted drawing is exported to a new drawing, any redacted portions are removed from the new drawing and replaced by redaction blocks of pixels. This prevents any attempt to restore or copy the original contents. A redacted drawing is often exported to PDF for publication or sharing.

Figure 33: Redaction toolbar



The Standard toolbar (Figure 34) is common to all LibreOffice components and provides the most common tools when creating and editing documents using LibreOffice. The Standard toolbar differs between LibreOffice components to allow for different toolsets used in creating the different types of documents.

Figure 34: Standard toolbar


Figure 35: Standard (Viewing Mode) toolbar


Standard (Viewing Mode)

The Standard (Viewing Mode) toolbar (Figure 35) provides tools to save, edit, and distribute a drawing.


The Table toolbar (Figure 36) provides tools and options to edit and format a table placed in a drawing. This toolbar only becomes active when a table is selected.

Figure 36: Table toolbar


Text Formatting

The Text Formatting toolbar (Figure 37) provides tools for formatting text and alignment commands. This toolbar becomes active when text in a text box or graphic object has been selected and it automatically replaces the Line and Filling toolbar.

Figure 37: Text Formatting toolbar


Figure 38: Transformations toolbar



The Transformations toolbar (Figure 38) provides tools to modify the shape, orientation, or fill of selected objects.


The Zoom toolbar (Figure 39) provides tools to reduce or enlarge the screen display of the current drawing.

Figure 39: Zoom toolbar