Currently it has a word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), and
a presentation application (Impress) - the things a basic office
package needs. There is also a drawing application (Draw), a Math
formula editor, and in the Windows versions a HTML Editor and
"OpenOffice.org Global". I will go through all of them.
You will find the Quickstarter as a tray icon in the bottom right
corner of your desktop. Double clicking the icon will give you a
menu as shown above. This menu will let you make a new document,
and Open Office automatically opens the application needed for the
chosen document. Try it out, nifty.
This is the text editor in Open office, it has pretty much the
same layout as Word from Microsoft, so if you are a bit familiar
with Word this shouldn't be too hard to get to know. :) The text
editor has however a tool bar on the left side with some nice
functions. I will elaborate on the text editor in a later
Again you might see a familiar user interface, the spreadsheet has
the same functions as Excel, and then some. :) Again notice the
toolbar on the left side of the screenshot. This is one of the best
parts of the Open Office suite, I urge you to explore a bit on your
own, you might learn something. ;)
Impress is the presentation application in Open Office. Opening
Impress will give you this start window(as shown above), where you
can choose to start with an empty or existing document, or from
template. If you choose to open a empty document you will see a
well developed application which for fills the needs you may have
making a presentation.
The drawing application in Open Office is quite nifty, I will
elaborate on this in a coming article, yet again, the user
interface should be familiar to the most of you, the draw
applicaton is compatible with most known file types.
Your standard HTML editor. :) Nice application. Maybe not used by
most of you, but if you ever need one this is the one to use.
Hopefully you will now got some insight in what Open Office has to
offer, it's quite a suite with lots of nice and well working
features. And on top of that, it's all free. You should really give
this suite a shot.
This is the second in a series of articles about Open Office, if
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