Apache OpenOffice Tips and Tricks

What is OpenOffice and what's it for?

OpenOffice is a pack of open-source office tools that you can download and use for free, without paying for any kind of license. It can be used to work with office documents. It comes along with 6 modules or applications that allow us to work on different aspects such as writing texts, drawing up spreadsheets, creating presentations, as well as coming along with different tools to work with vector graphics or databases. These are its tools:

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How to install OpenOffice

To install OpenOffice, you only need to follow the steps detailed in the following procedure:

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How to use OpenOffice

With OpenOffice, the user only has to open the suite and choose from the main menu the tool he wishes to use amongst those installed on his computer. It doesn’t work exactly like Microsoft Office where we can access each tool as a standalone by means of a shortcut.

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How to open and edit PDF files with OpenOffice

To be able to open and edit PDF files, you’ll have to install an extension. For such purpose, you’ll have to follow these simple steps:

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Is OpenOffice safe?

According to different studies and investigations, such as those carried out by security experts from Carnegie Mellon, there are fewer vulnerabilities in OpenOffice than in Microsoft Office. That’s not an opinion but a fact. However, we cannot say for sure that OpenOffice is totally safe. Basically because there’s no such thing as software 100% safe without any kind of security flaw that may be detected and exploited by hackers.

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What is OpenOffice Draw

It’s the program included within the office suite Apache OpenOffice that can be used to create and edit vectorial graphics and diagrams. It’s an open-source tool that can be distributed freely and that’s comparable to Microsoft Visio, available in the Office suite developed by the guys at Redmond.

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What is OpenOffice Impress

It’s a program to design presentations similar to Microsoft’s PowerPoint, and is included within the office suite Apache OpenOffice. These presentations are carried out as slides and they support the addition of multimedia elements such as animations, images or audio that can help to enrich the slideshow’s contents.

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What is OpenOffice Base

OpenOffice Base is a relational database management system built into the Apache OpenOffice suite, very similar to the Access application integrated into Microsoft Office.  It intends to offer the user a resource to control different volumes of information, such as a collection of books or the monthly reports of a company that have to do with sales and purchases, for instance.

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What is OpenOffice Calc

It’s the tool belonging to the OpenOffice suite that allows us to work with spreadsheets. In other words, an application that lets us handle numeric and alphanumeric data, carrying out all sorts of simple and complex math operations.

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What is OpenOffice Writer

Known as OpenOffice.org Writer until December of 2011, and now also known simply as Writer, it’s the text processor that’s built into the OpenOffice suite. It’s an application with which we can create, edit, modify, and process text documents with a format (in other words, different kinds of fonts, paragraphs, characters, and formal and graphical elements).

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