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LibreOffice 4.0 Released – Free Office Suite

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

LibreOffice has released version 4.0 of their popular free office suite with some exciting improvements. Is it worth a download? Is it as good as Microsoft Office 2013? I’ll give you just the facts below. LibreOffice is a Open Source project spun off of the popular Open Office suite. The suite of application includes… 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

OpenOffice.org 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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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

OpenOffice.org 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????

OpenOffice.org 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

OpenOffice.org 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

OpenOffice.org 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
OpenOffice.org’s Calc program is a favorite game from days gone past.… Continue reading

Customizing OpenOffice Menus

Monday, January 17th, 2011

OpenOffice.org: I Can
Customize the Menus Too?

Yep.

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
investigate?

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
Paintbrush.

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

OpenOffice.org 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

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