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Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop by Sam Hiser, Tom Adelstein

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StarWriter Power Tips

With its many file format output options and its use of open XML formats, StarWriter encroaches upon the territory of professional-grade desktop publishing software. Well, it should. StarWriter offers features, tools, and capabilities that surprise users of consumer-grade word processors. This section assembles tips on formatting techniques that apply to large, complex documents that demand careful planning and efficient formatting control. Such documents might include:

  • Manuscripts divided into chapters

  • White papers

  • Technical documentation

  • Newsletters

Keep in mind that any features or techniques covered in this section may still be useful, too, in any of your small document production.

Saving or Exporting to Common File Formats

StarOffice facilitates saving files in several different file types, including some very useful document standards such as PDF. By choosing the format in which you save a document, you can ensure your work is viewable and editable in different software environments: Windows, Mac, Solaris, and others.

Saving in the MS Word file formats

Chose File Save As . . . from the Main menu. In the Save As window, open the File Type drop-down menu and select the desired MS Office file format version; choices include:

  • Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc)

  • Microsoft Word 95 (.doc)

  • Microsoft Word 6.0 (.doc)

See Figure 7-2 for details of the Save As window.

Tip

If you are asked to share a document with an MS Word user, ask precisely which version of MS Office your ...

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