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Word Processing with OpenOffice.Org Writer

Word processors are almost required equipment these days. Kids use them to write letters to their grandparents. Grandparents use them to write letters to their grandkids. Whether you’re working on the great American novel or a school book report, OpenOffice.org Writer has all the best features you expect to find these days in a word processor.

Taking a tour of OpenOffice.org Writer

Before you proceed, take a look at the GUI layout shown in Figure 12-1.

Figure 12-1. The OpenOffice.org Writer layout in Fedora.
Menu bar

Along the top of the window is the menu bar, something you should be used to if you typically work in Microsoft Windows. OpenOffice.org Writer has all the features you expect from a modern word processor. It has too many menu options to cover in depth, so I give you instead a (nonexhaustive) summary of what you find on each major menu:

File: The usual Open, Save, Save As, Print, and Print Preview (under the term Page Preview) commands, along with a set of wizards (under the term AutoPilot), plus the ability to send documents through e-mail, create templates, create Web pages, and to access your database information
Edit: The usual Select All and Find commands, along with change tracking, document merging, and document comparing
View: The usual Zoom functions and toolbars, along with the abilities ...

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