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I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that OpenOffice.org programs have a Word Completion feature where it learns the longer words you often type, and will suggest them as you’re working.

Once the program recognizes the word, it will suggest a completion for you by displaying the rest of it as highlighted text. If you keep typing nothing will happen to your document but if the word you need pops… Continue reading

A PDF Refresher

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

With the launch of the new WorldStart book, Internet Security Survival Guide in .PDF, we’ve received a number of questions about the .PDF format. Consequently, we’ve decided to offer some information that may help answer some of these questions.

What is .PDF?

Adobe introduced

Using Symbols in OpenOffice

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

We all know that every once in a while, a document must have a symbol inserted… such as copyright symbol, trademark symbol, basic arrows and a variety of things that aren’t on the keyboard.

If you’ve used Microsoft Office, then you actually went in search of the “Symbols”… using that exact term to find them.

Problem

Finding Recent Documents in OpenOffice

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Today I’d like to look at a very useful feature that is quite often overlooked… the Recent Documents list in the file menu.

Recent Documents works just like it does in your Windows Start menu.

It’s a list of the latest files to have been edited and to open

OpenOffice: Editing PDF Files

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


So we already know that OpenOffice allows us to save our files in PDF form, which is an excellent feature, but what do you do when you have a PDF that needs to be edited?

Oh wait, we don’t do that without spending lots of money on programs for just that purpose… or do we?

While I’m positive that those expensive programs are excellent for… Continue reading

Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Serena, from North Carolina, asks:

I am looking to get rid of my computer, but I want to make sure that everything is off of my hard drive (banking info, etc.). How can I do this and be sure?

Serena, you are right to be cautious. Many people think that formatting a hard drive is the best thing to do in this situation. However, this still leaves behind… Continue reading

OpenOffice Writer: Click and Type

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that I absolutely hate trying to get to a lower location in my document when the only way to get there is to enter a bunch of empty lines… what a waste of time.

A while ago Microsoft worked into its programs a handy little feature that would allow you to double-click

Eliminating Pop-ups

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ. asks:

Is there any way to get rid of that little information box that pops up every time I hover over something on my desktop?

Irritating sometimes, isn’t it, Aaron? Thanks for writing!

For those of you who don’t know what Aaron’s talking about, take a look at the example below:

When your mouse pointer “hovers” over (you… Continue reading

Using Wizards in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you’re looking to create a letter, fax or agenda in OpenOffice.org Writer, then you might want to take a look at this…

OpenOffice.org has included Wizards (a series of dialog boxes where you choose settings in a step-by-step manner to create whatever type of document that particular wizard produces) that will allow you

OpenOffice.org: A Shortcut Key for Every Occasion

If you’re a person who prefers keyboard shortcuts over using the mouse, today’s tip is a must read for you!

Have you ever caught yourself wishing for a key combination to accomplish a task while using any of the OpenOffice.org programs?

I

How to Take Screenshots

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Screenshots (or screen captures), are images copied straight from your computer screen. Many of the tips here at Worldstart include screenshots to offer a visual counterpart to the text. For example, if a tip is explaining how to adjust text size in a Word 2010 document, it might include a screenshot like the one below. The accompanying text would then explain that clicking on the arrow to the… Continue reading

Sending Email in OpenOffice

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Everyone has at one time or another needed to send a file that’s currently being edited to someone in an e-mail.

What did you do?

Did you save the file, start a new message, attach the file (which we all know involves a couple of steps too) and then save it?

If you could

File Paths in OpenOffice

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Ever wonder where OpenOffice is storing your important files, like the AutoCorrect file that contains all your customized settings.

Or how about your gallery information… after all, you’ve added some to that too.

Then there’s your location for template storage and the AutoText file with all your customizations.

You may just want to know where these are kept – you never know when you’ll need to back… Continue reading

Setting Undo Options in OpenOffice

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

We’ve all done it – we’ve all found ourselves unhappy with the effects of changes made in a document. More than that, we’ve all been unhappy on more than one occasion about more than just the last change – more like the last 15 changes…

That’s where the old “Undo” feature comes into play. (Ctrl + Z or the Edit menu, Undo choice or the

By now, you must have read plenty of Internet Explorer 9 reviews and probably, many of you are also using the IE9 beta. Most of the reviews focus on the speed, user interface, and GPU rendering. However, there are still many things that you might have not noticed. This article will cover how to disable searching from address bar in IE9.

You may wonder about the benefits… Continue reading

Changing the Default Save in OpenOffice

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

By default, OpenOffice saves files in an OpenOffice format, which can lead to problems when these files are sent to users of other brands of office software.

One way to get around this is to use Save as… to save individual files in different formats. Or, you can change the settings to save all OpenOffice documents in a different format. That’s what we’ll be doing here. For example, if… Continue reading

Changing Your Computers Boot Sequence

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Mona from San Diego, California asks:

A friend of mine called and said that she needs to reinstall Windows XP (she has the disk). She has done this before but she always used floppies; now she doesn’t have a floppy drive so she just uses her CD disk. She went to reinstall and her WinXP

Backup Your Bookmarks in Firefox

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Beverly from New York asks:

I use Firefox and would like to know how can I copy my bookmarks and load them into a new computer?

Fortunately, Mozilla Firefox lets you make a backup of your bookmarks. In this tip, you’ll learn how to backup your bookmarks and how to retrieve them later.

To make a backup of your bookmarks, perform the following steps:… Continue reading

Finding Recent Files in OpenOffice

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If you’ve ever been a regular Microsoft Office user, then you’re probably pretty used to seeing a list of recently used files and the bottom of the File menu / Office Button / File tab of the Ribbon.

When you started working with OpenOffice you may have tried that trick and come up empty.

Take a look for yourself:

Nope, no files listed at the… Continue reading

Web-Based Email vs Client-Based Email

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Of all the problems people have with computers, probably the most common is email. This is due in large part to the fact that email is probably the most commonly used element in a computer. Because answers to email questions usually require some information about the delivery method, many of them will begin with another question, “Are you using web-based email, or client-based email?”.

Web-based… Continue reading

Removing McAfee

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Walt from OK asks: How do I remove McAfee from my computer completely so I can install a different anti-virus?

McAfee offers products for home and business users alike. Both can be removed from any computer, but sometimes it takes more than just a few steps. Products available

Create and Move Folders in Windows Explorer

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Libraries is a place in Windows 7, located on your taskbar that contains Music, Videos, Documents, Pictures and other files. It’s a quick and easy way to keep track of all your files, without having to hunt all over the place. Continue reading

Is My OpenOffice Up-to-Date?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Ever wonder if you’re running the most up-to-date version of OpenOffice or its extensions?

Is your program automatically checking for updates, or are you expected to check?

How can you

Address Bars and Search Boxes

Friday, September 24th, 2010

There’s occasionally some confusion about which of the two boxes found at the top of browsers is which. One is the search box, the other is the address bar. While these tools in more recent versions of most browsers provide more flexibility than earlier models, each still serves a specific purpose.

Below, you can see examples of 3 popular browser toolbars. In all 3, the address bar… Continue reading

Windows 7 Autoplay Settings

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

On any given day I insert, plug-in and otherwise connect any number of different devices and media to my computer. Digital cameras, my iPhone, DVDs, CDs; you name it and chances are I’m quite familiar with each thing and with what the result of me connecting/inserting it is.

But I want more choice! For example, when I insert an audio CD, I don’t necessarily want… Continue reading

Understanding System Restore

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Note: While this tip is geared towards Windows 7 users, except for some minor differences, Vista users can proceed, using the same process.

Are you having computer problems that nothing seems to fix? Do you wish you could go back to an earlier time and undo something you’ve done? A time before you started having problems. A time before you installed that new software. A time when… Continue reading

Microsoft Introduces Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The brawl between browsers heated up on Wednesday, when Microsoft released the beta version of IE9. Whichever browser comes out on top, web users will be the likely winners, with improved speed, security, graphics, and lots of bells and whistles.

Of course, in order to test the new IE9 features, you must wade through the installation process, which takes a while

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