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

Thanks to Solveig Haugland, who has posted about this Fantastic 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...]

Keyboard Shortcuts for OpenOffice Writer

I've summarised some OpenOffice Writer shortcuts into a single page for printing and keeping at your desk. There are a number of keyboard shortcut guides for OpenOffice, however the point of this one is to have it on a single page. Download OpenOffice Writer Keyboard Shortcut Commands - PDF Download OpenOffice Writer Keyboard Shortcut Commands - ODT I'm also making the ODT file available - if … [Read more...]

Video on How to Use Writer Templates [OpenOffice Writer]

This is quite a useful tutorial on how to integrate templates into your documents for use with OpenOffice writer. Video on How to Use Writer Templates Click on the link above to access the tutorial. … [Read more...]

Forcing Line Breaks in Table of Contents

I recently saw a question regarding line breaks in the table of contents - OpenOffice does not allow you to edit a table of contents except through styles. Sometimes the way that long headings are formatted might not be what you desire. One thing to note about the TOC is that the line breaks that you insert in the heading itself will be reflected in the TOC. Example: Putting in a manual … [Read more...]

Removing Page Breaks – OpenOffice Writer

I have a number of clients who initially have problems understanding the page breaks within OpenOffice. In Microsoft Word we usually insert and then delete using the delete key or backspace. Page breaks in OpenOffice do require a little bit more fiddling, but once you understand how pagebreaks work, then, in my opinion, you will find this is a more robust solution, giving you more options than … [Read more...]