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WRITER (word processing) Tutorials

To View a tutorial on your screen, click on the blue underlined name of the tutorial.

To download a tutorial in the OpenOffice format, click on the blue underlined OO for the tutorial. The tutorials can be "Saved to disk" or opened and worked with as a normal OpenOffice file.

All tutorials (seen on our website or downloaded to your computer) have active links. The blue underlined printing are links. Click on any link and you will jump to where that link leads.

When you first download a tutorial you may have to activate the links. At the beginning of the tutorials, right-click anywhere in the Table of Contents then click Update Index/Table.

To do a tutorial, we suggest you download and print the tutorial so you can have it available as you do the step-by-step procedure in the tutorial

INTRODUCTORY Tutorials - Chapter 1
Lesson 1: How To Use A Tutorial Explains how teachers and individuals can use our tutorials. OO
Lesson 2: No Computer Experience The keyboard, space bar, shift key, mouse, horizontal and vertical scroll bars, and main menu are explained. OO
Lesson 3: First Time User OpenOffice Writer Open/close files, margins, undoing, inserting, toolbars, ruler, icons, and getting help. OO
Lesson 4: Word Completion Time can be saved when words are added without typing all the letters of a word OO
Lesson 5: Spellcheck and Thesaurus OO
Lesson 6: Page Layout and Template Page size, page numbering, margins, footer, create and use a template. OO
Lesson 7: Older OpenOffice files 1.0 (.sxw) Open, work with, and save 1.0 files. Convert 1.0 files to 2.1 files. OO
Lesson 8: Terms Used In Our Tutorials Words and phrases used in our tutorials. OO

Lesson 1: Microsoft Word Files Open, working with, and saving Microsoft files. Converting files to a different format. Sending files to others. OO

STYLES - Chapter 3
Lesson 1: Introduction To Styles Styles are easy to use, provide uniformity, save time, and do many other things. OO
Lesson 2: Paragraph Styles and Table Of Contents Click here to see the results of doing this tutorial. OO

Lesson 3: Page Styles and Paragraph Styles Click here to see the results of doing this tutorial.

Lesson 4: Different Page Styles In a Document How to have different looking pages in a document OO
Lesson 5: Write a Poem Click here to see the results of doing this tutorial. OO

GRAPHICS - Chapter 4
Lesson 1: Gallery Copy an image from the Gallery and work with that image. OO
Lesson 2: Drawing in Writer Make your own drawing in a text file. OO
Lesson 3: Pictures In Text Files Copy a picture that you see on your screen into your OpenOffice text file and then modify the picture. OO

INDEXES - Chapter 5
Lesson 1: Introduction To Indexes explains how to make, modify and delete an index. A Table Of Contents is also made. Click here to get the Sample Document needed to do this tutorial. OO

Lesson 2: Create and Modify A Table of Contents Paragraph styles are used to create a Table Of Contents. Hyperlinks are added so that clicking on a word(s) in the Table Of Contents will move your cursor to that section of the file. Click here to see or print the results of doing this tutorial.


Lesson 3: Tables Create, modify, and delete a table


Lesson 1: Mail Merge This tutorial is an introduction to Mail Merge with includes a Form Letter, Labels, Envelopes and an Address Book OO
Lesson 2: Address Book Click here to see/download the Address Book that is produced by doing this tutorial. OO
Lesson 3: Print An Envelope This tutorial shows how to print a #10 envelope. This tutorial applies to any size envelope. OO
Lesson 4: Form Letter This tutorial explains how to create and save a Form Letter OO
Lesson 5: Mailing Labels and Return Address labels This tutorial creates, prints, and saves a sheet of label OO
In the Drawing section of our website there is a Drawing tutorial for making 1.5" x 2.5" labels

Lesson 1: Select, Copy & Paste, Cut & Paste, Drag This tutorial explains how to use Highlight, Copy, Cut, Paste, and Drag. OO
Lesson 2: Frames Create, modify, link and delete frames. Click here to see an example used in this tutorial. OO
Lesson 3: Change a Document (Red Lining or Tracking Changes) Suggested changes to one document can be made independently by several people . All the suggested changes can be seen by everyone. At the end the changes can be accepted or rejected. OO
Lesson 4: Formula Editor Write symbolic mathematical formulas in a text document OO
Lesson 5: Icons On Toolbars This tutorial explains how to add, delete, replace and rearrange icons on your Standard Toolbar and your Formatting Toolbar. This tutorial applies to icons on any toolbar. OO
Lesson 6: Macros A macro is a sequence of keystrokes that are recorded (saved) and given a name. When the Macro is run (selected) by a few keystrokes, the recorded keystrokes are "automatically" performed. OO
Lesson 7: Create A Newsletter Click here to download the Newsletter that is produced by this tutorial. OO

TEMPLATE - Chapter 8
Lesson 1: Introduction To Templates Explains templates and their uses. OO
Click here to download ready-made templates.
Lesson 2: Template For a Simple Letter This tutorial has basic information about templates. A template is created and saved then the template is used to create a simple letter. Click here to see or print the results of doing this tutorial. OO
Lesson 3: Create A Template This tutorial has miscellaneous information about templates. It includes instructions to make your own default template. OO
Lesson 4: Manage Templates This tutorial explains the management of templates. Subjects covered include Importing, Editing, and Deleting templates. OO
Lesson 5: Simple Document Template Instructions The tutorial explains how to use a simple template that any author or company might use. The template may be modified for a particular Users needs. Click here to download the template itself. OO

Lesson 1: Master Documents This tutorial explains what is a master Document. OO
Lesson 2: Create a Master Document This tutorial creates separate documents that are combined into a book with chapters. Click here to see or print the results of doing this tutorial. OO
Lesson 3: Master Document For 'My Cookbook' This tutorial creates a "Cookbook" that has a table-of-contents, introduction, Chapters, Sub-chapters, and an alphabetical index. Click here to see or print the results of doing this tutorial. OO


This Chapter explains how to use OpenOffice to write and use tutorials. The information can be modified for your specific writing project.

Lesson 1: How To Use A Tutorial This page explains how to use tutorials in a Teacher-Student setting and in a Self-Teaching setting. A teacher may be professional or nonprofessional OO
Lesson 2 - Part 1: How To Write A Tutorial Part 1 has the step-by-step procedure used to write a tutorial. Click here to download the template used by this Lesson. OO
Lesson 2 - Part 2: Part 2 has OpenOffice files that contain images (pictures) that can be Copied and Pasted into your tutorial. Instructions for doing the Copy and Paste are included in each file. Styles And Formatting Window - Formatting Toolbar - Bullets And Numbering Toolbar - Frames Images - Navigator Images - Table Toolbar - Miscellaneous Icons And Scroll Bar - Page preview Toolbar - DRAW and Drawing Images - Standard Toolbar And Menu Bar - CALC Images
Lesson 3: Tutorials Without Graphics This tutorial explains the benefits of a tutorial without graphics and how to create such a tutorial. OO
Lesson 4: Create a Tutorial This tutorial has general background information about tutorials and some information on standardization. Instructions on how to write a tutorial are given. OO

Lesson 1: Construction a Bibliography OO
Lesson 2: Miscellaneous Information OO

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Last Updated: 2008.04.25

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