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Edit Tips for OpenOffice Writer

Monday, September 20th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks, Uncategorized

Ever try to edit a really long document and find yourself scrolling back and forth through all those pages?

Annoying isn’t it?

I mean sometimes you just need to know what’s on page 8 while you’re trying to edit page 25. Scroll to page 8 then to page 25 then back again…

You get the idea.

Well, for just that type of situation Writer has a wonderful feature which allows you to open the same document in many different windows then edit it in many different places all at once.

And even better, what you edit it one window is updated in every window simultaneously. So no matter which window you’re working in you’ve got the most up-to-date version.


Yeah, I was too when I discovered this one.

And the good news is that it’s one of the easiest things to access ever!

Start with an open document.

Now we’re off the to Window menu.


Choose New Window.

Instantly you’ll see a second window open with the document you were working with in it.


At this point you can arrange the windows however you prefer… side-by-side or above and below. Whatever works best for you and your available viewing space.

You can repeat this process many times so if you need pages 8, 25 and 37 you could have all three pages visible at once.

Whatever your particular needs there’s no denying the usefulness of this one for long document work so be sure to check it out… I’d hate to see you miss something this great.

Who knew it was possible to be in two places at once?

Now if that only worked on people… go to work and get to stay home and sleep in… I’m all for that idea.

~ April

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