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If you're installing a more recent version of Openoffice, you might want to have a look at our articles covering Openoffice 2.0.

An introduction to Open Office, part 1


About and how to install Open Office

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About Open Office

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Microsoft Office, and most you you need to use either or all of text-editor, spreadsheet or some kind of graphic program almost every day. Open Office, is in fact, a free application with the most of the functions MS Office has. Hey, I'm not an expert, but I bet Open Office beats MS Office any time, any day, and the superb thing is, it's free. 16 million+ users can't be wrong, and to quote Open Office community:

"When OpenOffice.org 1.0 was released, no one could believe that software this good could be free. An estimated 16 million+ people have downloaded the software; many more have installed it from CDs or were passed copies by enthusiastic users. Community members produced translations in over 30 languages."

"The OpenOffice.org community listened to users' comments, fixed their bugs, and is now proud to announce OpenOffice.org 1.1. More powerful, more compatible, more international, more accessible, more open than ever - and best of all, this world class software is still free!"

I must point out this introduction deals with the Windows edition of OO. Enough said, let's get started.

Where to get it

Follow this link to get to the download site, Open Office download page, or order the OpenOffice CD from Amazon.

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When you reach the download page, look for "Download sites", and press the link which say  "Tested (Final): Windows, Linux, Solaris (Sparc). You will then be forwarded to the page you see below, a list of servers where you can choose where to  download from. Make sure you are in the Windows section. Choose whatever download site you think will be best for you and press the link.

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Once the download is finished, locate your zip-file and un-zip it. If you don't have a zip program, you can get a free, very easy to use zip program from http://free-backup-software.net/ . Excellent zip program.

The installation process

Locate your Open Office setup program, and doubleclick the setup icon.

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The installation prosess is very easy to follow, just read the instructions and you will do just fine. :)

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Press "Next".
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Read the license agreement, check the box to verify you agree with it and press "Next".

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Fill in the information you feel is needed, when you have done so press "Next".
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Here choose what installation you want and press "Next".  The "Standard Installation" will install just about every feature Open Office can offer. "Custom installation" will let you chose what components you want to install, I won't recommend this unless you are absolutly sure what you want. The "Minimum Installation" will install the components Open Office needs to run properly.
As you see the it's only a but 30 MB from standard to minimum, so why not go with the full package. :)
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Choose where to install and press "Next".

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Pressing "Install" will install Open Office on your computer. :)

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Checking the option boxes here will enable Open Office to open MS Office files directly.

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If you have Java installed, you can check for Open Office to use Java, if not, check for not to use Java. Open Office will run perfectly well without Java, but to get a full functionality check for Java.  You can get Java at http://java.sun.com. The Open Office release notes should be able to tell you which Java you need.
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If  everything is done correctly, you should now be able to complete the installation on your computer. Press "Complete" and hopefully you got yourself a brand new, free office suite. :)

This is the first in a series of articles about Open Office, if you have Open Office related topics you'd like to see covered here, let us know. Comments on this article, thumbs up or flames, can be sent to articles@nidelven-it.no.

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If you're installing a more recent version of Openoffice, you might want to have a look at our articles covering Openoffice 2.0.