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If you use a lot of graphics in your 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 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 Writer: Inserting Text Before or After a Table

It happens to anyone who uses tables in a word processing program like 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. Writer: Creating Duplicates of Selected Text With a Simple Drag and Drop

When you’re looking to duplicate something in an 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 : 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… 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 Writer: Not Your Usual Selection Shape

When we select text in 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 Writer: Hyphens and Spaces Can Be Non-Breaking or Optional?

When you’re writing a document and you see the program split something like a date between two lines, do you ever wonder how to prevent that from happening?

Let’s face it… this looks just plain weird

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4, 2011 ……………………………………………………

You could play with

Superscript and Subscript

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Franklyn asks:

When writing email, there are times I would like to use a superscript (degree F) and subscript (H2O). Is there a way to have them available?

Franklyn, if you’re using Microsoft Word or Outlook 2007 or 2010, you can easily add either superscript…

While many people I work with like the “red squiggly lines” underneath misspelled words, I also know quite a few who hate them.

I like them because I just fix my mistakes as I go, whenever possible, however I’ve watched many people totally ignore them and run the Spelling and Grammar check at intervals throughout the writing process.

Default Formatting in OpenOffice Writer

Monday, February 7th, 2011 Writer: Back to the Beginning with the Formatting

While I can’t speak for everyone, I know that there are times when I sit back, take a good look at my document and think… What was I thinking when I did that, and that, and that???? Writer: Just Add It to My Tab

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times… When someone wants to tab let’s say 3 inches into a document they use the default half-inch tabs and hit the Tab key 6 times!

Don’t get me wrong, it works Writer: Oh Man, I Should Have Used a Table!

While I cannot speak for
everyone, I know that there have been many times that, after setting up information
in a word processing document, I find myself wishing I had used a table
instead of a list of text.

If the list is long and
complicated or really more of… Continue reading

Playing Space Invaders in OpenOffice Calc

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 Calc: Taking
A Break for a Little Fun

Ok, so I’ll admit it right
from the start – this tip is for fun, not for productivity…

But who’s not for a little
fun once in a while?

Buried within the code of’s Calc program is a favorite game from days gone past.… Continue reading

Customizing OpenOffice Menus

Monday, January 17th, 2011 I Can
Customize the Menus Too?


It’s as simple as customizing
your toolbars. The result can make your life a bit easier, not to mention more
efficient, when you’re working.

Worth a minute or two to

Yeah, I thought so too.

Start in the Tools menu with the… Continue reading

Using the Format Paintbrush in OpenOffice

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Here’s one of the most useful
items that I’ve ever found in the programs of any office suite… it’s the Format

This little gem can save
you tons of time when it comes to formatting fonts, cells, paragraphs, etc.

Here’s how it works.

Let’s say you’ve got some
text that you’ve spent a lot of… Continue reading

Switching Views in OpenOffice Impress

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

When we create presentations,
the software can show us a variety of views – we can see each slide in
the Normal view for editing, we can access an Outline view of our presentation
content, there’s the Notes view where we can add our extra info that doesn’t
go to the audience… well, you get the idea.

There are a variety of… Continue reading

The Function List in OpenOffice Calc

Monday, January 3rd, 2011 Calc: Using the Function List without Opening the Function Wizard

Sometimes you know what you want to do with your data, but you just can’t seem to remember the name of the function that does what you need.

If you open the Function Wizard (which is basically a dialog box for inserting functions) via the Insert menu, you’ll find that while it… Continue reading

Printing a Worksheet in OpenOffice Calc

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A really simple thing like altering your hard copy could save you a lot of editing time and prevent quite a few headaches during the time you do spend editing the worksheet. Continue reading

Removing Words from AutoCorrect in OpenOffice

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that 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

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.


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

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

Using Wizards in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

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

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