Open Office

A good source for open office help can be found at this blog.

Major benefits of using Open Office
  • platform independent
  • compressed file size
  • similar interface as other office suites
  • handles other documents types
  • free


  • Procedure for opening and saving Microsoft Office documents with Open Office
    1. Tools->Options...
    2. Load/Save->General
    3. Default file format
  • Autorecovery and format warnings


  • Printing column headers on multiple pages
    1. Format->Print Ranges->Edit...
    2. Rows to repeat = $1
  • Setting up page layout (Grid, Formulas, Scaling)
    1. Format->Page...
    2. Sheet

Presentation (Impress)

The initial install of OpenOffice does not come with many templates such as backgrounds for presentations. Here are a couple of sites where they can be downloaded:

Vanderbilt logos and colors
Topic revision: r4 - 27 Jul 2006, DalePlummer

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