From a Reader: How to Install Templates?

Hello Stephanie, I am using LibreOffice 3 which came with Ubuntu 11.04. I am also new to OpenSource. I would like to use new templates that I have found on OpenOffice.org and on your site, but can not figure out where to load the Templates or how to get them into the Template section. I know this might be a simple task, but I am totally lost as to how to get this done. Regards, J A K … [Read more...]

Turning off Capitalisation in Impress and Writer [OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and NeoOffice]

I was recently reading through a tutorial and noticed that the writer (Akkana) was frustrated with the auto-capitalisation at the beginning of sentences in OpenOffice.org Impress. Turning this feature off is relatively simple, however you need to do it in each of the programs to ensure it is applied to both Writer and Impress. I've also included links for those wanting to do this in … [Read more...]

How to Remove Duplicate Rows in Calc [OOo, LibreOffice & NeoOffice]

There is no automatic function to remove duplicate rows in Calc. In order to remove duplicate rows you need to perform some comparison tests. This tutorial will show you how to sort the data compare the data remove the duplicate rows There is a tutorial here that will show you how to check for duplicates on a single column value, however often we need to compare for more than one value … [Read more...]

An introduction to “Page Styles” in Writer [Video Demonstration]

Often long documents are created in Writer, and these often have complex formatting. They consist of design elements such as text, objects, paragraphs, characters, tables, etc. One of these design elements are pages. Pages have different properties compared to paragraphs and text, e.g. size and width, margins etc. From Writer's point of view these properties make up an “instruction set” for … [Read more...]

Replace Paragraph Marks / Carriage Returns in 5 Steps

When you need to replace paragraph marks (end of paragraph) / carriage returns with other text, OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and NeoOffice Writer all are able using the following 5 steps: Note: If you don't know how to get to the find / replace button above, hit Ctrol-F (Windows) or CMD-F (Mac). Alternatively, you can go to the 'Edit' Menu, and select 'Find and Replace'. There is also … [Read more...]

How to add a curved heading to your Writer Document

Sometimes it's nice to have a curved heading instead of a straight line in your writer document. The curved heading could be in the form of a semi-circle, an arc (or arch). This could curve left or right, depending on how you want your heading formatted. All this is possible in OpenOffice.org Writer, or LibreOffice Writer. This video tutorial is designed to show you quickly and simply how to … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Formatting Your School Assignment – just like THEY asked!

It's the pain that a large number of students share: you've received your assignment brief from your school/institution and the content you can write... no problem. But that pesky formatting!!! What is “12-point font”? What does “double line spacing” mean? Some schools even impose penalties (deduct marks) if you don't get this right! This guide has been put together with the aim of removing some … [Read more...]

Is it time to switch to LibreOffice? [Oracle dumps OpenOffice.org]

"In a statement issued on Friday, Oracle announced that it intends to discontinue commercial development of the OpenOffice.org (OOo) office suite. The move comes several months after key members of the OOo community and a number of major corporate contributors forked OOo to create a vendor-neutral alternative." Source: ARSTechnicha.com Is it time to switch to LibreOffice? See the Oracle press … [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...]