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March 10th, 2016

LibreOffice 5.1.1 Released With New Features Added

Version 5.1.1 of LibreOffice includes numerous bug fixes and adds many new features.

The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice 5.1.1, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, with a number of mostly bug fixes over the last major release, version 5.1.0 which was released on February 10. According to a press release from The Document Foundation, today’s release includes a long anticipated feature in Writer, the office suite’s word processor, that has been requested since 2002. The feature allows users to hide white spaces between pages to provide a continuous flow of text — considered useful for laptop users.

LibreOffice Writer 5.1.1

A screenshot of Writer in LibreOffice 5.1.1 which was released today.

Some other improvements to Writer in the new release include the spelling dialog no longer automatically closing once spellcheck is complete, widow/orphan paragraph text-flow enabled by default for new documents and the ability to jump to a specific page while in print preview mode simply by entering a page number in a numeric field in the toolbar. New features in Calc include new commands to add rows below and columns to the right. A complete list of new feature, including video tutorials illustrating how to utilize them, are available on the LibreOffice 5.1.1 Release Notes webpage.

In addition, version 5.1.1 contains numerous bug fixes, which are listed with the notes for RC1 and RC3 (RC2 was not released).

LibreOffice 5.1.1 is considered to be a not-ready-for-prime-time edition, “targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.” Other users, and especially the enterprise, are suggested by the foundation to use LibreOffice 5.0.5. The foundation also suggests that enterprise users seek qualified support and supplies a list of certified LibreOffice support specialists on its website.

4 comments to LibreOffice 5.1.1 Released With New Features Added

  • Cliff Jones

    Try Lyx if you have a white space ‘issue.’ 🙂

  • jbiddy

    Lol, excellent comment.

  • tracyanne

    “The feature allows users to hide white spaces between pages to provide a continuous flow of text — considered useful for laptop users.”

    Yep there’s an option for “Hide Whitespace” on the View menu, but it’s grayed out and unusable on LO 5.1.1.2

  • Istimsak

    I have noticed a layout difference between MS office and Libreoffice when a .obt file is opened in a MS word processor. Are there any plans to make document layout consistant with Libreoffice and MS word?