Open Office Tutorial

OpenOfficeTutorial.org is published as a free, self-teaching tutorial or guide to assist consumers with using the Open Office suite of software programs. As an avid Open Office user for more than five years in both personal, academic, and corporate settings, a common issue that would arise for me over the years would be figuring out how to use both the basic and advanced features offered in the powerful open source suite of tools that is Open Office. Our focus on this site will be to focus on the more commonly encountered issues by new users of Open Office and proceed to more advanced Open Office Tutorials that power users will sometimes encounter problems with.

What is Open Office?

Open Office (or OO for short), has been in production for more than 20 years at the time of the launch of OpenOfficeTutorial.org. Commonly looked at as a free or low-cost alternative to Microsoft Office, OO includes word processing, database, presentation, spreadsheet, and graphics software tools and is available in a number of languages. The software suite is able to be run on any operating system (OS) that supports Java. More powerfully, Open Office only saves content in Internationally supported formats and is cross-compatible with both WordPerfect and the MS Office suite of products.

Open Office Tutorial Approach

OpenOfficeTutorial.org takes a self-taught or self-teaching approach to the guides

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published on the site. The guides are written assuming a basic level of competence while using a computer (ie you know how to login), but take care to ensure we cover each click or step required to conduct an action. When possible, images or pictures are included within the tutorials to allow readers to compare their results while following the tutorial to see if they have conducted the step(s) appropriately. Power or advanced users will be able to skim much of the tutorial and get at the meat of the task(s) required to do the work; however, basic or beginning users will want to ensure all steps are followed.

Just How Easy is Open Office to Use?

Many consumers approach free or open source software tepidly if they have any experience using applications that were low or no cost. This is due to the fact that many other programs released in open source remain in constant development and assume that all users of the software are “advanced” and capable of doing mystical things such as “building” or “compiling” the software package. OpenOffice is just the opposite. If you are at the uber-geek level of computing skills, you can go there; however, the production team releases stable builds of the software package allowing the programs to be used without fear by “normal” or “beginning” computer users with an installation process similar to other commercially produced computer applciations.

Are There Advertisements Embedded in Open Office?

The short answer is no. There are no advertisements, Spyware, etc bundled with any of the OO releases. The majority of current OO users previously used MS or Wordperfect Office (or other competing wordprocessing and spreadsheet programs). There is also a growing population of OO users who have been using Google Docs, but have found the need for a stable, offline capable office productivity suite of applications. OO is distributed without license fees and is released under the LGPL. LGPL permits business, home, or academic use of the software package.

Can Open Office Handle My Needs?

Open Office is considered a mature suite of software applications and supports the Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, OS X, and Sun Solaris Operating Systems to name a few. Most home computer users that end up using the software suite do so when they find themselves with the choice of paying a significant amount of money for a commercial toolkit such as Microsoft Office or seeking a lower-priced alternative such as OO. The best thing that I like about trying out the OO suite of programs is that it costs me exactly $0 USD to do so! You can do the same and determine if Open Office is for you or not.

What Are Some Alternatives to Open Office?

Two of the best known alternatives to Open Office include LibreOffice and NeoOffice that are equivalently priced at $0 USD.

LibreOffice was created from the OpenOffice codebase and is developed as a separate open source initiative. It provides six free programs with the software download that include: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

NeoOffice was originally created in 2003 when OpenOffice would not work on Mac OS X. Since that time, both OpenOffice and LibreOffice have been expanded to support the Mac OS; however, the developers of NeoOffice include Mac specific functionality that is not found in the other codebases that is popular with power-Mac users.

Open Office Tutorials

Getting Started – How to Install Open Office (Windows, Linux)

(Linked as Content is Published)
Open Office Writer Tutorials
Open Office Calc / Spreadsheet Tutorials
Open Office Impress / Presentation Tutorials
Open Office Draw Tutorials
Open Office Base Tutorials
Open Office Math Tutorials

 

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