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Word processing with OpenOffice Writer

OpenOffice Writer is a word processing program (e.g. comparable with MS Word).

Remark: In general, clicking means clicking with your *left* mouse button.

Starting OpenOffice Writer

k_in_gear Click at the Knoppix-KDE-Desktop at the bottom left on the symbol with character "K".

k_office Click in the menu that opened at the entry "Office".

k_openofficeorg Click in the sub menu that opened at the entry "OpenOffice.org".

k_openofficeorg_writer  Click in the sub menu that opened at the entry "OpenOffice.org Writer".

Now you see the "OpenOffice" window:


(1) In some cases in overlay with the "OpenOffice" window the "Paragraph Styles" window opens too. You can close this by clicking at the top right at the "X" icon.

(2) Click in the "OpenOffice" window at the top right at the "arrow" icon, to maximize the window.

Working with OpenOffice Writer - Entering and formatting text

(3) To insert text, use your keyboard, at the position where the cursor is blinking.

(4) Using the selections and buttons in the toolbars the inserted text can be formatted (font type and -size, italic, bold, underscored, left bound, centered, justified, etc.).

(5) When you click in the menu list on "Help" and then on "Contents", then you can get information on all possibilities of OpenOffice Writer.

Ending OpenOffice Writer - Saving a Text

window_button_x_top_right The OpenOffice Writer program is close by clicking on the "X" symbol in the window on top right..

openoffice_save_changes When you have made changes  in your workbook, then a window will open in which you are asked if you want to save the changes in your work. You agree with this if you click on <Save>.

When you do not want to loose your in /home/knoppix saved OpenOffice Writer document (Files with extension .sxw, in our example the file /home/knoppix/Letter_2_Bill.sxw) when you shutdown Knoppix, then use  mtools to save your files on floppy before you end Knoppix!

Opening an existing document

Copy an existing document that you have on floppy with mtools to the directory /home/knoppix.

oo__open_symbol After the Start of OpenOffice Writer click on the "open file" icon at the top middle of the toolbar.

You see the "Open" window:


1) Double click with your left mouse button on the file that you want to open. The "Open" window closes and the content of the file will show in the "OpenOffice Writer" window.

(2) If you cannot see the name of the file you thought you would see, then select at the entry "File type:" "All files (*.*)" , which then shows all files with all possible file extensions.

Tips for further reading

Tutorials For OpenOffice

Official OpenOffice Web Page

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This Document describes the Knoppix Version 3.4 CeBit 2004 Edition.
Copyright (c) 2004-04-19 Karl Schock. (Thanks to all that have contributed to this document - special thanks to Pieter Jonker for translation into english.)
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