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How to Save the Last Cursor Position in LibreOffice Writer

Last updated on March 31, 2020

This tutorial would help you tweak some settings of Writer to save the last cursor position.

If you are an author, writer – you maybe writing long documents over the time and when the document is beginning to becomes huge, it is sometimes helpful to have the cursor position saved and close the document. So that you can come back to the position later on and resume your work.

Unfortunately, this is not enabled by default in Writer. Here’s how you can save the cursor position.

Steps to Save the Last Cursor Position in Writer

  • Open the document for which you want to enable the settings.
  • Press Alt+F12 Or click from menu Tools > Options
  • In the options window, under LibreOffice, click user data. And enter your first name in first text box.
  • Press OK.
  • From menu, click, File > Properties.
  • In the properties window, check Apply User Data and click Reset Properties. [Reset properties will remove the created, modified fields of the current document.]
  • Save the document after putting the mouse cursor where you want it to be next time.
  • Close the document.
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Now, open the document and you can see the cursor at the last saved position.


This is how you can enable Writer to save the last cursor position in LibreOffice Writer. However, please note that you have to do it for each document if you want this result. There is no global option I found which can set this in the LibreOffice Writer profile.

Drop a comment below if you have any questions.


  • As many users reported, this would only work with Open Document Formats (*.odt) and not in Microsoft Word formats (*.docx). If that is the case, a workaround would be write your documents in *.odt format and finally when completed save it as *.docx.

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  1. Kim Kim October 10, 2018

    Saving and restoring the cursor position shouldn’t require jumping through such hoops as above. It should just happen—with every file.

    • Jeff Jeff January 26, 2019

      I totally agree. It used to be that way.

  2. Bill Cairns Bill Cairns March 4, 2020

    Warning! This only works with .odt files. I could not understand why it was not working on one of my documents until i realised that it was a .docx file.

    • Seven Seven April 27, 2020

      Thanks, I was about to say it doesn’t word. I have 300+ pages files to edit and I have to scroll, scroll and scroll every day.

  3. Mark Mark September 8, 2020

    When reading this, I found something most perplexing. That was a seemingly widespread consensus that this feature does not have global implications and is solely document specific. I find this odd because when I first did it a year ago (from instructions found on the web), it has since been automatically applied to every document that I edit.

    The reason I am even here (on this page) is because I was hoping to discover if there were some means of back stepping these saved positions. Which it (so far) doesn’t seem like a feature in existence.

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