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An alternative for Microsoft Office and StarOffice users has arrived in the form of OpenOffice.org. If you are part of the growing number of people who are making the switch from Microsoft Office or StarOffice to the free OpenOffice.org 1.1 suite, Sams Teach Yourself OpenOffice.org All In One is a must-have tool. Make a smooth transition from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org 1.1 with this task tutorial, starter kit CD-ROM and step-by-step instruction guide. Learn how to productively use the Writer, Calc, ...

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Overview

An alternative for Microsoft Office and StarOffice users has arrived in the form of OpenOffice.org. If you are part of the growing number of people who are making the switch from Microsoft Office or StarOffice to the free OpenOffice.org 1.1 suite, Sams Teach Yourself OpenOffice.org All In One is a must-have tool. Make a smooth transition from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org 1.1 with this task tutorial, starter kit CD-ROM and step-by-step instruction guide. Learn how to productively use the Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw applications in the OpenOffice.org 1.1 suite and how you will be able to easily work with those still using Microsoft Office and StarOffice. Don't lose valuable time trying to learn OpenOffice.org 1.1 on your own — let Sams Teach Yourself help!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672326189
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 8/5/2004
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: Paperback with CD-ROM
  • Pages: 515
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Perry is a speaker and a writer on both the programming and application sides of computing. He is known for his skills at bringing advanced computer topics to the novice's level. Perry has been a programmer and a trainer since the early 1980s. He received his first degree in computer science and a master's degree in corporate finance. Perry has sold more than 2 million computer books worldwide, including such titles as Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap, Sams Teach Yourself Windows XP in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 21 Days, as well as the phenomenal bestseller Sams Teach Yourself Office 2003 in 24 Hours. He also writes about rental property management, social and political issues, creates and manages websites, loves to travel and enjoys home life with his lovely wife Jayne and their two fluffy dogs Casper and Zucchi.

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Table of Contents

I. WRITING WORDS WITH WRITER.

1. Start Here.

2. Learning Writer’s Basics .

Set Writer Options.

Create a New Document.

Open an Existing Document.

Type Text into a Document.

Edit Text.

Move Around a Document.

Find and Replace Text.

Check a Document’s Spelling.

Print a Document.

3. Making Your Words Look Good.

About the Rulers.

About Paragraph Breaks and Tabs.

Apply Character Formatting.

Apply Paragraph Formatting.

Set Up Page Formatting.

Create a Multicolumn Newsletter.

About Styles and Templates.

Use a Style.

Use a Template.

4. Adding Lists, Tables, and Graphics.

Add a Bulleted List.

Add a Numbered List.

Create a Table of Contents.

Create an Index.

About Writer Tables.

Create a Table.

Format a Table.

Manage a Table.

Insert Graphics in a Document.

Draw with Writer.

Add a Chart or Spreadsheet to a Document.

5. Using Writer’s Advanced Features.

Use Mathematical Formulas in Documents.

About Writer’s Automatic Correction Tools.

Use AutoCorrect to Improve Your Typing.

About Headers and Footers.

Add a Header or Footer .

Add a Footnote or Endnote.

Save a Document As a PDF File.

II. CRUNCHING NUMBERS WITH CALC.

6. Getting to Know Calc.

About Sheets and Spreadsheets.

Set Calc Options.

Create a New Spreadsheet.

Open an Existing Spreadsheet.

Enter Simple Data into a Spreadsheet.

About Moving Around Calc.

About Calc Formulas.

Copy and Move Formulas.

Edit Cell Data.

Print a Spreadsheet .

7. Working with Calc Data.

Find and Replace Data.

About Calc Ranges.

Create a Range.

Fill Cells with Data.

About Calc Functions.

Enter Calc Functions.

Use the Function AutoPilot.

Reference Data Outside This Sheet.

Work with Dates and Times.

About Names As Addresses.

8. Formatting Spreadsheets with Calc.

Freeze Row and Column Headers.

AutoFormat a Spreadsheet.

Format Cells .

Center a Heading over Multiple Columns.

Set Up Calc Page Formatting.

Attach a Note to a Cell.

Conditionally Format Data .

About Calc Styles and Templates.

Create a Calc Style.

Create a Calc Template.

9. Creating Advanced Spreadsheets.

Add a Chart to a Spreadsheet.

Insert Graphics into a Spreadsheet.

Protect Spreadsheet Data.

Combine Multiple Cells into One.

Ensure Valid Data Entry.

Import and Export Sheet Data.

About Advanced Spreadsheet Printing.

10. Using Calc As a Simple Database.

About Calc Databases.

Create a Calc Database.

Import Data into a Calc Database.

Sort Calc Database Data.

Filter Data That You Want to See.

Compute Table Totals and Subtotals.

III. IMPRESSING AUDIENCES WITH IMPRESS.

11. Learning About Impress.

Set Impress Options.

Create a New Presentation.

Open an Existing Presentation.

Run a Presentation.

Print a Presentation.

12. Adding Flair to Your Presentations.

Use an Impress Template.

About Impress Views.

Enter Text Into a Presentation.

Find and Replace Text.

Format Presentation Text.

Animate Text.

About Impress Styles.

Use a Style.

Change a Presentation’s Background.

13. Making More Impressive Presentations.

Insert a Chart into a Presentation.

Insert Graphics into a Presentation.

Add a Presentation Header and Footer.

Add Sound to a Presentation.

Impress with Special Effects.

Add a Slide Transition.

Make an Automatic Presentation.

Add Notes to a Presentation.

Create Presentation Handouts.

Turn a Presentation into Online Web Pages.

About Giving Presentations.

IV. DRAWING ON YOUR INNER ARTIST WITH DRAW.

14. Getting Used to Draw.

Set Draw Options.

Create a New Drawing.

Open an Existing Drawing.

About Drawing with Draw.

Print a Drawing.

15. Improving Your Drawings.

Draw from Scratch.

Place Shapes on the Drawing Area.

Draw Lines.

About Perfecting Shapes.

Create a New Shape.

Fill an Object.

About Manipulating Objects.

About Grouping Objects.

Align Objects.

Add Text to a Drawing.

16. Putting on Finishing Touches with Draw.

About the Gallery.

Insert Gallery Objects.

Add New Items to Gallery.

Add 3D Text.

Convert 2D to 3D.

Import a Graphic Image into Draw .

Scan a Picture into Draw.

V. ENHANCING YOUR WORK WITH OPENOFFICE.ORG’S OTHER FEATURES.

17. Enhancing Your Work with More.

OpenOffice.org Features.

About OpenOffice.org Macros.

Create and Use a Macro.

About Master Documents.

Create a Master Document.

About Sharing OpenOffice.org Files with Other Applications.

Associating OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office Files.

Upgrade OpenOffice.org to a New Version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    free and almost as capable

    Tired of paying tribute to the latest Microsoft Office suite? Each year or so, Microsoft Office comes out with an upgrade. Usually, powerful new features are introduced. But haven't you wondered how many of these, or indeed of existing features, do you actually use? Herein, the book shows you a viable and free alternative. Perry does say forthrightly that Microsoft Office has more features than OpenOffice, and for certain operations, is easier to use. (Fewer steps.) But he then goes onto explain the very many existing capabilities of OpenOffice. You should see right up that the Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw are very polished. A lot of thought has gone into making the usability as easy as possible. Hopefully, the book might indicate that OpenOffice's choices of menus and actions is very intuitive. Its designers do not want to cede any ground to Microsoft on the usability issues. One thing to note is that you can experiment, by just trying out one of the OpenOffice packages, in lieu of its Microsoft counterpart. While still using the rest of the Microsoft suite. A low risk approach, backed up by the book's advice on the program you're testing.

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