Changing Units of Measure in OpenOffice [inches to cm]

Living in a metric society, it is much more convenient to have OpenOffice talking to me in metric measurements, rather than in empirical measurements.

So I had fiddled with locals and other such measurements, however this did not seem to change the values presented when I clicked on Format –> Page.

To do this, I followed the steps below:

  1. Open OpenOffice Writer
  2. Click on Tools –> Options
  3. Click on the + sign next to OpenOffice.org Writer (expanding the menu)
  4. Click on General
  5. Change the measurement unit from inches to cm
  6. Click on OK
  7. Restart OpenOffice

I found that changing the measurement setting in OpenOffice Writer also updated the measurement setting in Calc as well. If you find out that this is not the case, please advise in the comments.


Update based on the comment below.

It seems that Impress is not updated, so you need to do this separately.

Again – follow the steps below.

  1. Open OpenOffice
  2. Click on Tools –> Options
  3. Click on the + sign next to OpenOffice.org Impress (expanding the menu)
  4. Click on General
  5. Change the measurement unit from inches to cm
  6. Click on OK
  7. Restart OpenOffice

See the image below for clarification – and thanks for the query! Happy to assist!

Change unit of measurement for Impress

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  1. Tony Whelan says:

    Hi there

    as an aside, “Living in a metric society, it is much more convenient to have OpenOffice talking to me in metric measurements, rather than in empirical measurements.” – this should say “imperial” not “empirical”. Maybe spell-checker did that?

    But my reason for emailing: I have an old link that no longer works:
    http://openoffice.ozlady.com/2007/10/15/mail-merge-without-the-address-block/

    Your solution is BRILLIANT and makes the official OOO method look really silly. Please bring the page back online when you get a chance, for the benefit of other OOO users. I have a (broken) link to it on one of my webpages at http://tonywhelan.net/opensource.html

    cheers

    Tony
    Canberra

  2. After a few hours of messing with locale and searching on the Internet I found your page.
    You saved me !
    Thanks !

  3. Fabio Marroni says:

    Is there a way to do the same in Open Office Impress?
    I have Writer and Calc units in centimeters, and Impress still in inches…
    Thanks!

    • stephanie says:

      Hi – thanks for the comment. I’ve updated the post above to include a response that should answer your question! Thanks for taking the time to visit and post it.

  4. Hi,
    Stephanie, thank you very much! Your solution for Impress work perfectly fine!

  5. To change the width units of the lines drawn from the “drawing” toolbar in writer, one must do a similar process through OO Draw. Open up new drawing then, tools –> options, OpenOffice.org Draw, General, Unit of Measurement. Be sure to scroll to the top, there are many more units in Draw (e.g. Kilometer). OK, close, restart OpenOffice.

  6. Open office is just greate >> so why >> do they provide the 4.0. update only based on measures
    in inch >> forget the update and go back to version 3.2. >> the metric system is an international
    standard >> the old US and English imperial for the locals. >> so it will be highly appreciated
    if the Organisation start to understand how to build an International platform for a very good
    good product and ad to this UK English.

    Hans

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