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.
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
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
The installation prosess is very easy to follow, just read the
instructions and you will do just fine. :)
Read the license agreement, check the box to verify you agree with
it and press "Next".
Fill in the information you feel is needed, when you have done so
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. :)
Choose where to install and press "Next".
Pressing "Install" will install Open Office on your computer.
Checking the option boxes here will enable Open Office to open
MS Office files directly.
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.
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. :)
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