LibreOffice 24.2 Shines Again! Writer 24.2 and Calc 24.2 Guides Published

The LibreOffice Community Documentation Team is happy to announce the immediate release of the latest Writer and Calc guides for the new LibreOffice 24.2 office suite.

The two books are updates of the respective LibreOffice 7.6 guides, and describe the new features available in LibreOffice 24.2.

Jean Weber and Steve Fanning leaded the update of the Guides and provided valuable inputs to the contents.

The Writer Guide

Jean Weber

Updated and review by Jean Weber, the Writer Guide is the authoritative guide for using Writer to edit documents, from a single page to a full book. The latest Writer guide includes all these updates:

  • Comments can now use styles
  • New features in the Navigator
  • Save with password dialog now has a password strength meter
  • Insert Special Characters dropdown now shows a character description
  • Improved support for multi-page floating tables
  • “Legal” ordered list numbering: make a given list level use Arabic numbering for all its numeric portions
  • Miscellaneous changes in the names of some fields and buttons
  • And more; see the Release Notes




The Calc Guide

Steve Fanning

Steve Fanning

Updated by Steve Fanning, the guide contains description of the new features of Calc 24.2, the spreadsheet program of LibreOffice:

  • Live font preview when using the Font Name menus on the Properties deck of the Sidebar and on the Formatting toolbar.
  • Interactions to switch between sheets operate cyclically.
  • Option to view or hide column/row highlighting.
  • Additional metadata fields on the Description tab of the Properties dialog.
  • On Windows platforms, support for Alt+NumPad codes covering full Unicode range.
  • Text description of highlighted character on drop-down from Insert Special Characters toolbar icon.
  • Password strength meters on several dialogs.
  • Search field on Functions deck of Sidebar.
  • Support for FTP protocol removed from Hyperlink dialog.
  • Changes to auto-recovery and backup options.
  • Search function on Tools – Options dialogs.
  • Security warnings converted from dialogs to infobars.
  • Modify button renamed Assign on Customize dialog.
  • Language Settings menu of Tools – Options dialogs renamed to Languages and Locales.


LibreOffice Community 24.2 also includes many other changes, including:

  • New password-based ODF encryption that hides metadata better and is more resistant to tampering
  • Clarification of macro security options to make it clear exactly what is allowed and what is not
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Improvements in interoperability with Microsoft’s proprietary file formats

The Guides are available in PDF, in source OpenDocument Format and printed versions from the bookshelf and documentation web pages.