Integrating Google Forms in a WordPress Site [Following up requests]

I've had two requests in the last week for the following: "How can we have a form that people can use to request a copy of a download, and then we can follow up later? I just want to use a spreadsheet." There are a number of autoresponder-type systems that allow you to create a form, where a mailer is sent day 0 (when they sign up) and then follow up emails are sent on the days that you specify … [Read more...]

Making Search Relevant and Recent (Getting Help that Helps!)

Often, when people search for information on the web, they put search terms into Google and click search. This is especially relevant to searching for solutions to software problems as you want the solution to apply to the version of software that you currently have (if you have the most up-to-date version). Unfortunately, this general search method gives you a very large selection of web pages … [Read more...]

Updates for Google Docs

For all that I love office productivity software, I love it in the cloud as well. In my opinion, Google Docs is a great, free offering for simple office productivity software in the cloud. I keep a couple of personal spreadsheets that I update and share with my husband, and I love the online forms capability that comes standard with the spreadsheets offering and use them with a few … [Read more...]

Getting Help [Support for, 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...], 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 documentation website, however the information and links provided are relevant to a number of ODF-based Office Productivity Application Software (apps), including: NeoOffice LibreOffice StarOffice If you have files with a docx, xlsx, or pptx extension … [Read more...]

DiscoveringOOo has been featured in the OOo-announce newsletter!

This site has been included in the OOo-announce newsletter! Please continue to spread the word and introduce friends, family and co-workers to! Check out more at: and sign up for the newsletter. Also, a big "HI!" to all those who came here from the link in that newsletter. Please take a look around, and check … [Read more...]

Quicklinks: Braille, OOo Draw workaround for PDF, and a convert discusses why he uses OOo

I don't usually post as many links posts within a week, however these are too good to miss! Enjoy! odt2Braille - The release of odt2braille by the Belgian university Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, has brought the ability to work with Braille to The extension adds a "Braille" menu to's Writer which allows users to translate documents into Braille formats such as … [Read more...]

Quicklinks – Password protection, Excel tables, structured references and Macros in OpenOffice [Roundup]

Obviously I'm not the online blogger in the OpenOffice world, and there have been some good updates from around the web this week, so I thought I would share these with you all. I hope they are useful to you. How to password protect a Open Office document This highlights which boxes to tick int he Save As... dialog box. Excel tables, structured references and OpenOffice Structured … [Read more...] in the Cloud – Access your Open Office from anywhere in a browser

There has been some speculation as to whether Oracle will release a web-based version of the productivity suite, however two companies have gone ahead and developed solutions for using through a web browser. OpenOffice Anywhere is charged at US$0.65 per hour, with 15 free minutes as a trial. Ulteo has 1Gb of free storage for your documents, and requires … [Read more...] is Free – BEWARE of sites that sell it to you!

I recently saw the post below on Twitter: BEWARE - is free and you can get it from Do not let people con you into paying for it! -- END OF PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ;-) … [Read more...]