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...]

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...]

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...]

Edit Background Images in OpenOffice Writer [Wrap -> In Background]

As the title of this post suggests, it's quite easy to put an image in the background of a document. Right mouse click on the image, and select Wrap --> In Background. However, I was stumped when I was trying to access and manipulate the file after I had sent it to the back. Thanks to Solveig Haugland who reminded me that you just need to right mouse button click on the image in … [Read more...]

OpenOffice Writer Guide [How-To Manual]

One of the biggest complaints I hear about OpenOffice is that it is unsupported and there are no manuals or guides for moving from MS Office Word to OpenOffice Writer. Fortunately, the good folks at OpenOffice have published a guide to meet this need and it's free! You can download the 447-page OpenOffice Writer Manual from scribd. … [Read more...]

Changing the Default Size of your Document [OpenOffice Writer]

Living outside of the US means that I use A4 paper. OpenOffice Writer documents usually default to Letter sized paper. To change the size of your paper to A4, use the steps below. If you want to change the default paper size, then perform the steps below and keep reading further. Changing the page size of your document First, open a new Writer document. Then from the Format menu, … [Read more...]

Stylin’ in OpenOffice [Formatting for Calc and Writer]

A lot of people think that most word-processing applications like Writer and its competition, are just like typewriters, with basic formatting like bold and underlining. This is OK for starting the document, but if it's something that may require a format change in the future, then it could be a long and painful process. Fortunately, over at World Label, they've put together some basic … [Read more...]

Adding a Table of Contents in Writer [Indexes and Tables]

There is a good tutorial for Adding and Updating a Table of Contents in OpenOffice's Writer over at OpenOfficeX. Just a note before you jump to the link - it says that you can BUY OpenOffice - but they offer unlimited support for users. Note that OpenOffice is a free software - if you buy this version, you are buying the support, which is not normally available with free versions of OpenOffice … [Read more...]

Mail Merge – without the address block

When you use the Tools -->  Mail Merge Wizard in OpenOffice, it is quite limiting in that you are restricted to ending up with an address block. The way to insert other fields is not as obvious. I have put together the tutorial below to guide you through my way of tackling a requirement of inserting fields in a document that are merged from a separate data source. These fields do not … [Read more...]