Introduction to OpenOffice Writer 2.0
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Getting Started

Format Documents

Cut, Copy and Paste

Insert Pictures and Graphics

Draw Functions

Tables and Lists

Page and Section Breaks

Spell Check, Auto Correct and Word Count



Print Preview/Printing


Save as HTML

Tracking Changes


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OpenOffice Writer is a word processing application similar to Microsoft Word. OpenOffice is an open source software suite, and in addition to the Writer application, it includes Base, Calc, Draw, Impress and Math, all comparable to Microsoft Office applications. OpenOffice is available to be downloaded for free. It is considered open source because its source code is publicly accessible, and users are welcome to improve upon the existing code. The suite can be downloaded at: It is available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Macintosh operating systems. Microsoft Word documents can be opened through Writer, but it is not possible at this time to open Writer documents in Word. This tutorial references features for the beta 2.0 version of OpenOffice.

The goal of this tutorial is to provide an outline of the basic features and functionality of OpenOffice Writer. If there are unfamiliar buttons or icons within the Writer window that are not covered in the tutorial, it is useful to know that there is a “What's this?” feature (Figure 1) located within the help menu. When you click on this, you can roll your mouse over any feature on the Writer window, revealing a text box that explains its functionality.


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Objectives of this tutorial:

  • Getting started
  • Format documents
  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Insert pictures and graphics
  • Draw functions
  • Tables and lists
  • Page and section breaks
  • Spell check, auto correct, and word count
  • Hyperlinks
  • Find/replace
  • Print preview/Printing
  • Navigator
  • Save as HTML
  • Tracking changes
  • Versioning

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