What is line spacing and how can you set it? [Writer, Word & Pages]

A fair definition of line spacing comes from Microsoft: Line spacing determines the amount of vertical space between lines of text in a paragraph. By default, lines are single-spaced, meaning that the spacing accommodates the largest font in that line, plus a small amount of extra space. If a line contains a large text character or graphic, Publisher increases the spacing for that line. To … [Read more...]

How to insert and edit Tables [in Writer, Word or Pages]

Tables are a nice way to present information, or to use for spacing of a document. This post details how to insert a table into your word processing document. To Insert a Table From the Insert Toolbar Place the cursor in your document where you want to insert the table. On the Standard bar, click the arrow next to the Table icon.In the table grid, drag to select the numbers of rows and … [Read more...]

How to Insert Images in your Office Software [Mac, Microsoft & Open Source]

Pages and pages of text is boring, and often the easiest way to add interest to your document is to insert images. If you are using a template, then there usually are images inserted already, however for those that are designing documents from scratch, the following details how to insert images into your documents for the major office suites. OpenOffice.org / NeoOffice / LibreOffice Writer To … [Read more...]

Transitioning Google Apps [Manage Conflicting Accounts]

I know quite a few people that are going through a little bit of pain at the moment with conflicting accounts on the Google Apps for domains transmission. I also know this is not normally an Office software problem, however I have enough users that use Google Docs and other Google services (like Google Groups and Youtube), that this has become an issue that warrants a solution. If you have no … [Read more...]

Specifying the Default Magnification in Exported PDFs [OOo, LibreOffice, NeoOffice]

To set the default zoom for PDF documents, use File > Export as PDF... and select the "Initial View" Tab (see the screen shot below). On this tab, you can set the desired magnification (zoom) for your PDF. A Note on Default Zoom It has been noted that default zoom settings perform differently depending on the operating system (Linux, Windows, Mac, etc) and the software used to open the … [Read more...]

Getting Help [Support for OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice, NeoOffice]

One of the things about Open Source software is that a great deal of the help comes from the community. This is done through the community, and through an interface called a forum. Some people may not be familiar with forums, however as a way of getting assistance on specific problems they are pretty useful. Users response with different options and methods of approaching your issue or … [Read more...]

OpenOffice.org, NeoOffice, LibreOffice: How do I open Microsoft Office 2007 files?

Amazon Affiliate Link: 2007 Microsoft Office System Plain & Simple The following link is to the OpenOffice.org documentation website, however the information and links provided are relevant to a number of ODF-based Office Productivity Application Software (apps), including: OpenOffice.org NeoOffice LibreOffice StarOffice If you have files with a docx, xlsx, or pptx extension … [Read more...]

Design, Housekeeping and Changes

After seriously reconsidering and reflecting on this site is about, please excuse me while I do some design and layout changes, and get ready to expand this site into other productivity suites, including Google Apps, Libre Office and OpenOffice.org. Don't worry, I'll still be doing the OpenOffice.org tutorials and templates that you are enjoying so far, however some things have changed with … [Read more...]

5 Freaky Downloads for Weekend Projects [OpenOffice for Halloween]

Mazon affiliate: Halloween Tricks and Treats (Better Homes & Gardens Crafts) Some downloads in preparation for the Halloween weekend. Get your freak on and put those finishing touches on your Halloween projects with the following downloads. Happy Halloween Address Labels - from the Template Repository. I thought they were really cute! These could also be re-purposed into name stickers in … [Read more...]

SOLVED – Java Issues on OpenOffice.org for Apple Mac Users

Earlier this week I posted 3 Options for Java Issues on OpenOffice.org for Apple Mac Users [Show Stopper]. I'm happy to report over at the reported bug page this is now solved, and for those that are experiencing difficulties you can apply a patch. If you find all the tech-speak a little intimidating, then please proceed to the page of Raphael Bircher who has a handy set of instructions on … [Read more...]