How To Export Only Selected Pages In LibreOffice Draw

In this tutorial, you will learn how to export only selected pages from a LibreOffice Draw document.

While LibreOffice Draw module offers plenty of features to satisfy most users’ needs, there are times when you might want to export only selected pages for sharing purposes. Don’t worry, LibreOffice’s export options have you covered.

Follow the simple steps below to export only the pages you need, saving you the time and effort of manually deleting pages later in other applications.

Difficulty LevelSimple
LibreOffice Version7.6.4.1
Screenshot Taken OnLinux OS (Mint Cinnamon)
Est. reading time5 minutes

Why Users Might Need to Export Only Selected Pages

Imagine a scenario where you have a 50-page LibreOffice Draw document, but only a specific section is relevant to your client. Exporting the entire document could feel wasteful and overwhelming. Similarly, consider a multi-page presentation where only a few impactful slides need to be shared. In these situations, the ability to export only selected pages becomes invaluable.

Note: While LibreOffice offers a robust exporting feature, including a page selection feature, it’s important to note that this functionality is limited to exporting in PDF format. If you need to export in a different file format, such as .docx or .odp, LibreOffice currently lacks this feature.

However, there’s a workaround available. You can first export the document as a PDF file and then convert it to your desired format using an online tool or another converter application.

Step 1: Open your document in LibreOffice Draw

You can do this by either opening an existing document or creating a new one. To create a new document, go to the top menu bar, click on File > New > Drawing.

Alternatively, you can also create a new document directly from the LibreOffice Start Center.

Step 2: Export Directly as PDF

Navigate to File > Export As > Export As PDF….

Tip: You might notice the Export Directly as PDF option, but there are some differences between that option and the one we’re using here. If you’re interested in learning more about these differences, I’ve written a dedicated tutorial that explains them in detail.

Also Read: The Difference Between Export and Export Directly in LibreOffice.

Step 3: Specify the Page Range in the PDF Exporting Options

This step is crucial, so please pay attention. Once the PDF Options window opens, locate the Pages: field and enter the page numbers that you want to export. If you need to export a range of pages, such as from page 3 to 6, simply type 3-6. For exporting specific pages, separate them with a semicolon ;

For example, if you want to export pages 8 and 12, type 8;12. You can also combine these two formats to export a range of pages and specific pages together, like 3-6;8;12.

Step 4: Export the File

After you’ve finished customizing the PDF, click on the Export button. Then, when the file saver window opens, provide a name for the PDF file and select the folder where you want to save it.

Finally, click Save to export your selected pages to the PDF file.

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Goutam Patra
Goutam Patra

Goutam is a strong supporter of open-source software and a passionate advocate for LibreOffice and its suite of office applications. With a strong affinity for open-source solutions. Learn more.

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