I have odt documents that use the following colors for cell background in tables: 0xffff99, 0xccff99, 0xe6e6ff. Since my most recent "sudo apt upgrade", these colors do not appear anymore in the palette shown under Table / Properties / Background Color / Cells. I can see that, in selecting the highlight color for text, not only are there many palettes available, but it allows the user to specify a custom color such as the above mentioned hexadecimal values. Most unfortunately, this cannot be done to set background color for table cells, or at least I can't find a way to do it. I'm using LibreOffice under Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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The current version of LibreOffice is so you are in fact using an older version of LibreOffice with version Later versions have much better colour management and will resolve your issue.

You need to install the fresh LibreOffice PPA by opening a terminal and running the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Next, update your system sudo apt update

Then upgrade sudo apt install libreoffice

That should allow LibreOffice to be upgraded to the current version.

Now, turning to the selection of colour palate for the Table background I believe the arrangements have changed under more recent versions.

By selecting the Table in Writer and right clicking it and selecting Table Properties selecting the Background Tab then Colour you are presented with the following:

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allowing you to set the cell background colour. There is a separate drop down menu for selecting whether to change Cell Row or Table.

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    OK thanks, that worked. For some reason, although I'm using 18.04 LTS, doing "apt update" followed by "apt upgrade libreoffice" kept me in Now, using the repository you gave, I'm at and I have the option of specifying my colors. Thanks again! Sep 25, 2019 at 22:58
  • @user2083893 I had the same issue until I performed those steps to use the LibreOffice PPA. To assist others in a similar problem, would you be so kind as to upvote the answer and mark it as accepted. This will make it easier for others to find it. Thanks.
    – 24601
    Sep 26, 2019 at 5:25

Choose with the mouse pointer in the desired cell of the table (mouse: right-click)

  • table attributes
  • background
  • color

You can then choose a color, also in the hex value.

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