Point Click OpenOffice.org

book cover
Point & Click OpenOffice.org!
By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pub Date: November 29, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-13-187992-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-13-187992-8
Pages: 216

Table of Contents  | Index

"Robin's book comes at the perfect time. With the extremely popular 2.0 release, more people will discover OpenOffice.org's incredible value. A book like Robin's is important because it helps people master the OpenOffice.org tools they need to get things done."

Jeffrey Bates, VP Editorial Operations, cofounder Slashdot.org


OpenOffice.org 2.0 made easy...incredibly easy!


Tired of Microsoft Office hassles, upgrades, and cost? Try OpenOffice.org 2.0!


OpenOffice.org 2.0 is all the office productivity software you'll ever need for your Windows or Linux computer: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, even databases... and it's free! Not sure it's up to the job? It is. Not sure you can switch from Microsoft Office? You can. Just let OpenOffice.org expert and Open Source Technology Group (OSTG) editor-in-chief Robin 'Roblimo' Miller teach you OpenOffice.org the easy wayusing the skills you already have!

Robin will help you become productive in minutesand you don't need to be a computer expert! His easy, visual instructions walk you through every step of every task you need to know... plus, you'll find twenty how-to videos on CD! You'll master everything from formatting text documents to creating presentation slide shows and building "what-if" projections to designing flowcharts. There's even bonus coverage of Firefox and Thunderbird, the fast, safe, free software for Web browsing and e-mail!

• Master OpenOffice.org Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, and Base.

• Create Microsoft Office-compatible documents anyone can read and use.

• Analyze, manage, and manipulate business information with Calc.

• Design attractive charts and other visuals.

• Use mail merge to create great form letters or e-mails.

• Create and manipulate sophisticated databaseseven if you have no previous database experience.

• Start using Firefoxthe safest, most secure Web browser available for Windows!

• Filter out junk mail with Thunderbird and say goodbye to Outlook Express.

• Do things you can't do with Microsoft Officesuch as creating Flash slide shows for the Web!




The first CD-ROM features OpenOffice 2.0 for Windows and Linux, plus the Windows versions of the latest Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail software...  just install and run!

The second CD-ROM features 'Roblimo' showing you how to perform twenty essential OpenOffice.org tasks in easy, bite-sized video tutorials...  just watch, and do!


book cover
Point & Click OpenOffice.org!
By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Pub Date: November 29, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-13-187992-8
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-13-187992-8
Pages: 216

Table of Contents  | Index

   About the Authors
      Not Just Friendly But Practical
      Bonus Chapters
   Section I.  OpenOffice.org Basics
          Chapter 1.  First Things First
      Installing OpenOffice.org
      Setting up OpenOffice.org
      Seeing Some Action
      Buttoning up35 Times
      File Format Confusion
          Chapter 2.  OOo Writer: Text Documents with Pizazz
      Entering Text
      Jazzing It Up
      Adding an Image
      Saving the Document
      Printing It for All to See
          Chapter 3.  OOo Impress: Slide Shows That Will Impress Almost Anyone
      Creating a Slide Show from OOo's Built-in Templates
      Making Your Own Slide Patterns from Scratch
      Using the OOo Impress Auto Layout Feature
      Adding Graphics to Your Slides
      Saving Your Slide Show
      Importing and Editing PowerPoint Slide Shows
      Exporting Slide Shows to PowerPoint Format
      Exporting Slide Shows as Flash for Web Viewing
      Overcoming (Most) Format Incompatibilities
      The Real Secret to Good-Looking Presentations
          Chapter 4.  OOo Draw: Documents with Imagination
      Making (or Altering) Pictures with OOo Draw Drawing Tools
      Adding Text to Drawings
      Saving Image Files
          Chapter 5.  OOo Calc: Spreadsheets and More
      Starting Simply
      Formatting for Fun
      Saving and Doing More
      Reviewing Useful Buttons
      Recognizing OOo Calc's Limitations
   Section II.  Advanced OpenOffice.org
          Chapter 6.  Slick OpenOffice.org Writer Tricks
      Wizards: Create a Layout Once; Use It a Million Times
      Creating a Sample Document
      Modifying Styles
      Working Faster with AutoCorrect
      Automating Footers and Page Numbers
      Adding Footnotes However and Wherever You Want Them
      Simplifying Complexity in Special-Purpose Documents
      Generating a Table of Contents and Index
      Downloading and Using Templates Made by Others
          Chapter 7.  Draw: Not Your Father's Drawing Board
      Grouping Objects
      Creating Flowcharts and Organizational Charts
      Shaping Cool Effects
      Converting a Shape to 3D
      Creating a 3D Logo from Font Characters
      Casting Shadows
      Modifying Transparency
      Advancing to Specific Needs
      Exchanging Objects with Other Programs
      Going with The Gimp
          Chapter 8.  OOo Impress: Smooth, Sophisticated Slide Shows
      Getting from Slide to Slide with Transitions
      Bringing Life to Your Show with Object Animations
      Using Normal Mode for Most Work
      Jazzing up Your Text
      Customizing Graphics
      Stepping up Your Productivity
      Slide Shows Are Only Part of Public Speaking
          Chapter 9.  Make Calc Spreadsheets Dance for You
      Creating "Natural-Language" Formulas
      Using the "Intelligent Sum" Button
      Working with Stylist and Autoformat in Calc
      Letting Scenario Manager Help with What-If Projections
      Using and Creating Spreadsheet Themes
      Using DataPilot to Import and Manipulate Information from Databases Created with Other Software
      Mail Merging with OOo Writer Documents and Calc Data
      Summing Up
          Chapter 10.  OOo Database "Front End": Your Free Pass
      Connecting to OpenOffice.org's Data Sources
      Accessing a Data Source in Writer or Calc
      Formulating SQL QueriesEven if You Know Nothing About Databases
      Making Elegant, Printable Reports from Your Database
      Creating Forms for Simplified Data InputEven if You're Not a Programmer
      Wrapping Up
          Chapter 11.  Sharing Files Between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office
      Preparing for SharingFiles, That Is
      Preparing to Share Files Between Writer and Word
      Sharing Files Between Writer and Word
      Sharing Files Between Calc and Excel
      Sharing Files Between Impress and PowerPoint
      Sharing Draw Files
          Chapter 12.  OpenOffice.org as a Community Effort
      Open Source Magic
      Free Tech Support
      What Does Sun Microsystems Get by Giving Away OpenOffice.org?
      Getting Hooked on Open Source Software
   Section III.  Bonus Chapters
          Chapter 13.  About Firefox and Thunderbird
          Chapter 14.  Light up the World Wide Web with Firefox
      Installing Firefox
      Importing Explorer Settings
      Privacy and Other Options
      Saving the Best for Last: Tabbed Browsing
      Firefox Help, Extensions, Themes, and Other Goodies
          Chapter 15.  Thunderbird Saves the Email Day
      Installing Thunderbird
      Configuring Thunderbird
      Setting up the Thunderbird Junk Email Filter
      Some Final Notes
        Appendix I.  About the CDs
      The Program CD
      The Video CD
        Appendix II.  OpenOffice.org Resources