Useful Tutorial – How to Print an A5 Booklet with 4 or 8 pages

Quick update: Pop over to the OpenOffice.org template site to download a tutorial on printing an A5 booklet, allowing you to create the document in A4, but noting that it will reduce to A5 when printing. … [Read more...]

Setting Page Margins in OOo, NeoOffice [Draw, Writer]

When creating a book layout in Writer using Page Styles, sometimes it looks quite nice when you have a solid colour or graphic in the background, and a white border around the edge of the page. This exports quite nicely to PDF. To achieve this look, simply go Format >> Page and edit the page margins to achieve the desired thickness. You can even only adjust one or two sides to get … [Read more...]

Quick Superscript and Subscript in NeoOffice, OpenOffice.org Writer [for footnotes, squared, cubed, etc]

Amazon Affiliate: How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit: Your Guide to Writing and Publishing Books, E-Books, Articles, Special Reports, Audio Programs, DVDs, and Other How-To Content When you are trying to square or cube something (perhaps you're quoting cubit feet or cubic metres for a client, or looking at floor space), or adding footnotes for a thesis or writing … [Read more...]

Editing Table of Contents in OpenOffice Writer [Forcing Line Breaks]

Amazon Affiliate: How to Write and Publish Your Own eBook in as Little as 7 Days A year ago on this blog, I looked at a method for forcing line breaks in your table of contents. An alternative method for this is to make your Table of Contents editable. The steps are outlined below, however I caution you with this method - if you Update your Table of Contents, then you will lose your edits (see … [Read more...]

OpenOffice.org 3.2 – Guide to Programming in OOo Basic [How-to Guide]

The guide linked below provides an introduction to programming with OpenOffice.org Basic. It includes examples to help you quickly develop your own OpenOffice.org Basic programs. It is recommended in the preface that you have a familiarity with other programming languages, however it does start with some very basic examples, so anyone familiar with writing macros in MS Office or other suites … [Read more...]

Cover Letter Template for OpenOffice.org Writer

Amazon affiliate: Gallery of Best Cover Letters: Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers This is just a short post as this was an adaptation from a cover letter on the Powerful Sample Resume Formats website. Unfortunately the doc version was not able to be downloaded due to a broken link, so I have quickly converted this to an OOo Writer document for use by a friend. … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Creating a Book Layout in OOo Writer Using Page Styles

This is my first attempt at a video tutorial that will show you how to create a basic book layout using Page Styles. Any positive suggestions for improvements are appreciated - please contribute in the comments section. A template is available for download - see the information below. Download >> View the download... To download the file, you will need to be a registered member of … [Read more...]

Hey Students! Need a free report and essay template? [Free download]

One of the cool things about OpenOffice is that it is a free, full-featured office productivity software, and this can be really appealing for students, who are often on a limited budget. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start when putting together a report or essay, so I have put together this template to assist students in getting started on writing. This should hopefully … [Read more...]

Alternative for Find and Replace in Writer – replace paragraph marks, and much, much more!

Thanks to Solveig Haugland, who has posted about this Fantastic OpenOffice.org Writer extension for searching and replacing carriage returns (two in a row, etc.) with regular expressions, plus much much more. I've installed it, and my days of copying chunks of text to my text editor to do this is over. (I used to cut and paste to text editor as it was faster and easier for me than the regular … [Read more...]

FAQ: How to sort lists in OpenOffice Writer

When putting lists together, sometimes we don't put them in alphabetical or numerical order. Fortunately OpenOffice Writer can help us sort them into order automatically - and relatively easily. Step 1: Highlight all the text that is to be sorted. If that text is in a table, highlight the table (it will sort the rows automatically). Step 2: Select Tools > Sort. Step 3: … [Read more...]