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Gurdy Leete, Ellen Finkelstein, Mary Leete

ISBN: 978-0-764-55908-2

Feb 2004

384 pages

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  • Uses the straightforward For Dummies style to show Linux and Windows users how to use the desktop productivity suite
  • has a user interface and feature set similar to that of other office suites and works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office
  • Explains how to download, install, and set up both the Linux and Windows versions of
  • Organized by the four key desktop applications provided in the suite: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), and Draw (graphics)
  • Other topics covered include creating and formatting documents with Writer, using templates and styles, creating spreadsheets with Calc, manipulating spreadsheet data, creating a presentation with Impress, and creating and editing images with Draw

Part I: Introducing

Chapter 1: Getting to Know

Chapter 2: Switching to

Part II: Using Writer — The Word Processor.

Chapter 3: Creating a Document.

Chapter 4: Formatting to Perfection.

Chapter 5: Designing Complex Documents.

Chapter 6: Keeping Control of Your Documents.

Chapter 7: Creating Web Pages.

Part III: Using Calc — The Spreadsheet.

Chapter 8: Creating a Spreadsheet.

Chapter 9: At Home on the Range.

Chapter 10: Knock on Wood and Print!

Chapter 11: Snazzing Up Your Spreadsheet.

Chapter 12: Making Calculations.

Part IV: Using Impress — The Presentation Package.

Chapter 13: Creating a Presentation.

Chapter 14: Modifying a Presentation.

Chapter 15: Making Presentations Picture-Perfect.

Chapter 16: Animating Impressively.

Chapter 17: Showing a Presentation.

Part V: Using Draw: The Graphics Program.

Chapter 18: Unleashing the Artist Within.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Reasons to Use OpenOffice.

Chapter 20: Ten Places to Look for Support.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Installing

Appendix B: What’s on the CD-ROM.


End-User License Agreement.

Bonus Chapter 1: Fine Tuning Your Preferences

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Bonus Chapter 2: Manipulating Data
Bonus Chapter 3: Setting up Impress
Bonus Chapter 4: Getting More Graphic
Bonus Chapter 5: Setting Up
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The bonus chapter for Writer on setting options, configuring preferences, and making macros is on the Web site:

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The bonus chapter for Calc on analyzing data; Impress on setup tips; and Draw on layers, curves, fills, special effects, and 3-D are all on the Web site:

93Last paragraph
Last paragraph. "Master Document" should be "Choose Master Document."

237Step 1
Step 1 should be: "Choose File-->Export, and choose HTML from the File format drop-down list. Click the Save button."

2492nd paragraph
2nd paragraph. Delete "From File"

254Paragraph after the numbered steps
Paragraph after the numbered steps. Revise to "If you can find the color that you are looking for, you can define your own color. For detailed instructions on how to define a color, see "Coloring consummately" in Chapter 18."

276Paragraph 1, line 4
Paragraph 1, line 4. Change "use" to "present"

276Paragraph 12, line 3
Paragraph 12, line 3. Change "Timings text box" to "Time text box."

277"Specifying slide show settings," Step 3
"Specifying slide show settings," Step 3. Change "Timings text box" to "Time text box."

283Step 3
Step 3. Skip Step 3 ("Click OK").

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Tim Kampa: Technical Reviewer

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