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Open Office Writer Full Tutorial

Open office is an open source office suite application software, developed by Sun Microsystem and the first version of open office was released in 2002. Open office contains word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation application (Impress), drawing application (Draw), formula editor (Math), and database management application (Base). See the left side picture. The default file format was .odf (Open Document Format). Those who use MS Office of Microsoft they can handle open office easily. Rest are face problems in using it. Here I will teach you the full tutorial of open office. Let's go!


Before start typing anything you need to setup your page first. You don’t have any option in File menu like MS Office in open office to setup your page. You can setup your page from Format menu. To setup your page in open office click Format menu and then click Page.... After clicking there Page Style: Default dialog box opens. Now click Page tab to set paper format, orientation and page margins. After doing all things you need to click OK to apply changes or to save your settings.

How to change Case of Text or Font

Change case means change your text or font from lower case to UPPER CASE and vice versa. To change text case select the desired text first and then click Format in the menu bar and then Change Case and then choose the desired option. Suppose you have typed a sentence in lower case and later you want it as upper case. Just select the sentence and click Format and then Change Case and choose UPPERCASE.

How to Save your document in PDF format

To save your documents as PDF format in open office writer you just need to click Export Directly as PDF icon below your menu bar and then click Save. Once you click save your document is saved as PDF.

How to insert Page Number

To insert page number click Insert in the menu bar and then click Fields and then Page Number. Once you click Page Number, page number is inserted in your page. Now if you wish to change the format of page number then you need to click Format in the menu bar and then click Page. After that Page Style: Default dialog box opens. Now you need to click format box against Format, choose the desired one and finally click OK to save the changes. You can use alignment to change the position of page number also.
If you wish to insert your page number in header section of the page then you need to click Insert in the menu bar and then click Header and then click Default. Header is inserted on the top of the page. Now you need to do the above steps to insert page number.

Similarly, If you wish to insert page number in footer section of the page then you need to click Insert in the menu bar and then click Footer and then click Default. Footer is inserted on the bottom of the page. Now you need to do the main steps to insert page number.

How to insert Bullets and Number

To insert bullets and number in open office writer click Format on the menu bar and then click Bullets and Numbering… Bullets and Numbering dialog box opens. Now you need to select the desired bullets and then click OK. To insert number click Numbering type tab and then select desired number and click OK. Or you can insert both bullets and number from formatting bar also or click F12 key on the keyboard. F12 key.

To insert symbol or special character in open office writer click Insert on the menu bar and then click Special Character… Special Character dialog box opens. Select desired symbol and click OK.

How to insert WordArt or Fontwork 

In open office writer there is no WordArt option. It has fontwork. In open office WordArt is called fontwork and it is present in the Drawing toolbar. Fontwork gallery has more styles than Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 and 2010. To insert WordArt or Fontwork you need to add drawing toolbar first. To add drawing toolbar click View then Toolbars and then click Drawing. After that click Fontwork Gallery icon and select a fontwork style and click OK. Now double click on the object to enter your desired text and after entering your desired text click blank space or press Esc on the keyboard to come out. Now your fontwork is ready.


To change the format of page number after your insertion you need to click Format in the menu bar and then click Page. After that Page Style: Default dialog box opens. Now you need to click format box against Format, choose the desired format of numbering and finally click OK to save your changes. See the below pictures.

Play you favourite song

To listen your favorite song from open office writer just click Tools and then click Media Player. After that media player opens. Click open to browse your favorite song. Your song starts playing automatically just after browsing your song. But when you close your documents, your media player is also closed automatically. 



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