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Did you know that you can copy text in Open Office without a Ctrl-C, Copy button or anything else for that matter? It’s a whole new way, so give it a look! Continue reading

Today I’d like to share an interesting thing that I stumbled across with playing with the drawing tools in OpenOffice.org – specifically, I’d like to show you what I found when I was exploring the options for a text box… Continue reading

Here’s a quick tip for selecting text using your mouse that doesn’t require dragging the mouse, holding down the mouse button or using the Shift key. Continue reading

If you’re anything like me, when it comes to fonts in my documents then you’re tired of Times New Roman and Arial. Thankfully, you can change the default font in Open Office. Continue reading

Here’s a neat tip on how to access the built-in thesaurus in Open Office Writer! Spice up your writing with the right words! Continue reading

OpenOffice.org: Rotating Objects

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Rotating objects in MS Office is easy – just grab the handles and away you go. What about Open Office, though? Take a look at this tip for a little insight. Continue reading

Looking for some free label templates to use with Open Office Writer? April may have just the site you’re looking for! Give it a look! Continue reading

Have you ever needed to split a numbered list in a document and everything BUT that happened? April has the solution, and you can check it out here! Continue reading

Got a picture in the background for an Open Office Writer document and now you can’t select it? April had the same problem, but thankfully, she found a solution! Continue reading

Want to learn a quick and easy way to insert frequently used special characters like Trademark, Copyright and more into Open Office Writer with a few keystrokes? Check it out! Continue reading

Reply to comments the easy way in Open Office Writer! Why spend the time sifting through the clutter, when you can just reply in the same comment string? Genius! Continue reading

If you access OpenOffice.org programs frequently then it may be worth the bit of extra memory used to put the OpenOffice.org Quickstarter in your system tray at start up. It’s really easy to do, and it will save you time when accessing your OpenOffice programs! Continue reading

Keep track and easily open all of your recent files in Open Office! This one’s a real time saver! Continue reading

Repeat an Action in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Recently while working in OpenOffice.org Writer, I found myself repeating my actions over and over again.

I knew that MS Office had a way to repeat the last action or word entered, so I went looking for what Writer has to offer.

What I found was on the Edit menu:

Resizing Images in OpenOffice

Monday, April 11th, 2011

OpenOffice.org: Keeping Things in Proportion

We’ve all done it…

Taken a perfectly good graphic and tried to enlarge it only to end up with something like this:

We then try to do a better job but it

The Autofit feature in Calc and other spreadsheet programs is an extremely helpful feature.

You can simply double-click on the right divider line in the column title, and the column will automatically expand to fit the longest piece of data.

But what if you don’t want to fit the longest

If you’ve used OpenOffice.org Calc at all, I know that you’ve found the Delete Contents dialog box.

How could you not?

Every time you select a cell or range of cells and try to clear their contents you automatically hit the Delete button and that annoying dialog

Have you ever needed your headers or footers to be different on odd and even pages?

Maybe you’ve created a document that will eventually be put together like a book so the pages that will end up on the right of the finished document need the page number on the right side of the page with the same scenario for the left side pages.

If you use a lot of graphics in your OpenOffice.org documents, you’re probably in a love/hate relationship with the built-in graphics Gallery.

Love to access the graphics, hate the space that the gallery eats up on your screen….

Well, to be truthful, the problem with the space it takes, is that my monitor is wide-screen and

OpenOffice.org Writer: Quick Divider Lines Using 4 Simple Keystrokes

Every once in a while, you just need a horizontal line in your document to create a visual break of one thing to another… maybe you need to separate a page “headline” from the body of the document or separate different topics from one another in

OpenOffice.org Writer: Inserting Text Before or After a Table

It happens to anyone who uses tables in a word processing program like OpenOffice.org Writer – we insert a table at the very top of the document and find ourselves unable to add text above it because we didn’t leave a blank line there.

OpenOffice.org Writer: Creating Duplicates of Selected Text With a Simple Drag and Drop

When you’re looking to duplicate something in an OpenOffice.org Writer document how, do you accomplish the task?

Let me guess… you select it, copy it then move to the new location and paste it… am I right?

Browse the Web with OpenOffice

Monday, March 7th, 2011

OpenOffice.org : Start Your Online Search Without Starting Your Browser

We’ve all done it… when working on some sort of document, we decide that we need to verify our information before we actually include it in our document.

It’s a very good idea, since we wouldn’t want to give false information…

OpenOffice.org Calc: Why Are My Formulas Behaving So Badly?

If you’ve used Excel in the past with any regularity, you may find yourself experiencing some difficulty with formulas – whether creating them in Calc or trying to open an Excel file in Calc.

While I can’t guarantee that I’ve got the answer to your

As many of us know, you can use different keys along with the mouse to complete different types of text selection.

For example, holding down the Alt key while dragging the mouse will select text in a rectangular shape – called block selection.

If you place your cursor in the document and then hold down the

While I can’t speak for anyone else, I find it extremely useful to know how to create a sheet of blank labels in a word processing program like Writer.

I’m forever wanting something that isn’t actually for a mailing… I’m just looking to have a document that is set up as a sheet of labels that are already broken into the

Selecting Blocks of Text in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

OpenOffice.org Writer: Not Your Usual Selection Shape

When we select text in OpenOffice.org Writer, we’re used to the selection starting at one point and then proceeding down (or up, depending upon the way you drag your mouse) across entire lines… like this:

But what if

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