How to Add a Tick Symbol ✓ to Writer documents [LibreOffice, OpenOffice]

To insert the tick (✓) symbol into a Writer document, follow these instructions. From the menu (in Windows and Mac) click on Insert --> Special Character. From the Font dropdown, you need to select a font that will include the tick symbol. Times New Roman does NOT include this symbol. One font to use is OpenSymbol. Select OpenSymbol and then scroll down until you see the tick … [Read more...]

Beautiful borders and backgrounds in OpenOffice [or LibreOffice]

I received the following query from Melissa: How do I create page borders that are nice, like ivy leaves or coloured swirly lines? All I can figure out are the straight black border lines. Thanks, Melissa. Personally, I've found that the border tool is generally only for variations on the straight border as you have mentioned. There are two scenarios where I want a "fancy" border for my … [Read more...]

Replace any text with Carriage Return/Paragraph Marks in 5 Easy Steps

When you need to replace text with paragraph marks (end of paragraph) / carriage returns, OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice and NeoOffice Writer all are able using the following 5 steps (click on the image to view a larger version): Note: If you don’t know how to get to the find / replace button above, hit Ctrl-F (Windows) or CMD-F (Mac). Alternatively, you can go to the ‘Edit’ Menu, and select ‘Find … [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 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...]

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...]