Introduction tutorial to OpenOffice.org Writer Part-1



hi this next part of the tutorial is how to use OpenOffice writer and it's just an introduction to the writer program will start the writer by double-clicking writer on the desktop this program is called openoffice.org writer you can go to the OpenOffice org website and download OpenOffice for your computer at home or the students can download it if they want it on their computer at home it makes it so that everyone has equal opportunity to do word processing you can do PowerPoint files and you can do databases and it also eliminates the need to go to Costco every two years to buy the latest Microsoft product so this is just an introduction to the writer program what we'll look at first is the bottom toolbar here is used for fonts it's similar in any word processing program you got different font types font size bold italic underline the justification bullet lists that changes how your fonts are typed in you see we got the blinking cursor here now this toolbar will change when we use different objects in the program and we'll see that in a moment so I'll show you one difference between this program and word is if we click on gallery here word would call this clipart this program calls a gallery and what clipart is is a collection of pictures that you can include in your document the categories are down the side here and the pictures within the category are here so I'll just scroll down a bit in the animals category and we get a list of pictures to choose from let's scroll back up I'll click on the education category and here some education pictures we could choose from there's lots of categories and lots of pictures in each category to bring an image into the document you click and hold on it and bring it down and let go in the document and you see it's now down there now this gallery is taking up half the screen so let's turn it off I click on the gallery button and now it's back to just having your writer document in front of you now we were just talking about this toolbar here for fonts and it's because we're on the blinking cursor watch what happens to that toolbar when we click on the bird I clicked on the bird and that toolbar has disappeared and it's been replaced with one that pertains to the bird so these are wrap options we have three Roth options here justification options there's borders if we want to put a border on our bird we can put a border around it now some people have phone or help desk complaining saying that this program doesn't have any fonts and usually it's because they're on an object that doesn't support font so it doesn't make sense to change this bird object into bold italic underline in order to get back to fonts we have to click in an area of the program that supports font so we're back to the blinking cursor and here we see that our toolbar has changed back to a font toolbar if I click on the bird the toolbar changes again to go to a object like a picture object editing toolbar now on here there's three wrap options what rap means is how the text will wrap above and below or on the sides of the picture now just because there's only three in the toolbar doesn't mean that there aren't more options and to get the more options you right-click on the object that you're working on and we're going to go to picture with three dots and there's a wrap tab here and we see even though there was only three wrap options in the toolbar here we have six wrap options plus the pictures are a lot bigger to look at so we have none which means text will go above and below but not on the sides before after parallel and so forth so the other one is contour which means if I click this it would actually follow the edge of the picture very close and tight I'll turn that off so the main point though isn't about wrap the main point is that on your toolbar have a few options but if you need more options you just right-click and go to the properties of the object you're on so I'll show you that again right click and there's a wrap option there but we can also go to picture and find the wrap tab and they can't possibly fit all these options on the toolbar so they just put the most frequently used ones up here the next along will we looked at this gallery button which is called clipart and word let's look at the drawing button it says show draw functions it's a picture of pencil that almost looks like a saxophone so we clicked on that and the toolbar appears at the bottom it says call-outs I'm going to click on a call-out and they get a little crosshair so I can click and drag my mouse across slowly and it creates a bubble call-out bubble and click on this little yellow dot here and bring it around to the bird's beak now this is a different object you see it's selected with these little four handles around it and up here it has a different toolbar again it's different than the ones we saw before it has blue eight which is the fill color right now I can choose yellow if you don't know what it is for again just hover your mouse over it says area style filling now say I want to put some text in here I can double click inside there and my toolbar has changed again to a text editor and I have a blinking cursor so now I feel bad in I click down below my cursors back up here the toolbar is back to your main font toolbar the next thing I'll show you is how there are little black drop-down arrows that show hidden characters so I've clicked on one of those black drop-down arrows and I'm going to choose a scroll you see there's a bunch of hidden shapes and behind so I'll click and drag and draw roll now this one also has a yellow dot and this yellow dot changes the size of the roll so every object has different properties to it that behaves slightly different I'm going to double click inside there my toolbar is changed again to a text editing toolbar I'm going to Center the text and this is my life story there we go so I filled in my life story in the box there the next is what we'll look at is printing let's go to file and print at the bottom so right now it defaults to the Toshiba and the schools it defaults to the closest printer to where you're sitting or you can ask us and we'll change your default printer when you're in the lab it'll print to the lab when you're in your classroom and often prints to the Toshiba which is a big photocopier in the office at this school here we have options for library office there's the printer and a library there's a printer in room five which is most likely the lab the computer lab I have access to the Secretary's printer you guys probably don't now the toshiba is photocopier it's the big Xerox machine it often is loaded up with different size paper so say during report card time you want to print on legal paper you just choose the legal Toshiba paper size there you also have the option of clicking on properties and if you wanted double-sided printing you can print double-sided here there's also options to do stapling and hole punching and the cancel out of printing let's look at the page format let's go to format and page now normally when you started up you have to actually click on the page tab here for the first time and this is one other thing that's a little bit different between word in this program is where this page is located and this is where you if you want to watch over here I click landscape it flips the page sideways so portrait or landscape also if you're doing hole punching sometimes you want to bring the margin in a bit I'll just make it back to portrait now you see this margin slightly bigger I'll make it bigger still so you put some hole punches on the opposite is if you were doing a poster and you want to adjust your margin outfit more on the page so you can also set the page size if you want legal or larger size paper or you can just custom create the size there for your paper the reason why I pointing this out is because when you're printing people that are used to the Microsoft Office usually they'll come to the file menu to set these options and this is actually under the page format or the format page menu I'm going to cancel out of here actually I'm going to save it next and we'll go to save and I'm going to overwrite this actually I'll call it my bird too now if you were sending it to someone from Microsoft Word and they were too lazy to download OpenOffice you can save it as a word doc if needed it's not necessary you can just leave it in the schools everyone and then our district is has OpenOffice now so you can save it as a open document text and I'll just hit save here and we'll close the program down

15 thoughts on “Introduction tutorial to OpenOffice.org Writer Part-1

  1. Whoa! This is great! We've found an excellent instructor! Thanks for your presentation as it is very much to the point and at just the right speed. Well done!

  2. I'm using Open Office 4.1.1
    The gallery images in your tutorial had a lot more categories than I have. Like animals, for instance. Where did you get them or what version are you using. Thanks.

  3. Can you tell me where you got the business clip art i saw in your drop down my Oo doesn't have it?

  4. This is accomplished using Styles & Formatting to create a Landscape page style then inserting a page break using that style. Google for: insert landscape page openoffice

  5. Hi, how I can rotate 4. page in Open Office Writer 3.3 for 90 degrees? (other pages 1-3 and 5-11 should be straight) Can you make video about that?

  6. Linux Operating System. The KDE 3.5 desktop in the video is a bit dated now.. Popular desktops are Linux Mint & Ubuntu. To find more info about Linux distributions you can google for: distrowatch

  7. There are several examples can be found by searching google or youtube for: openoffice sort calc

  8. Highlight the cells in your table and click menu: "Data"=>"Sort"

  9. @riverstrat – Left-click on the boarder of the callout to select it. A yellow dot will appear that allows you to move the callout tail. To rotate the entire box -: right click on the boarder of the callout => Position & Size => Rotation tab => change Angle.

  10. @azzy123ification – If you are using Ubuntu you should be able to install some "openclipart" packages for openoffice.

  11. @azzy123ification – Go to the OO extensions website and to search for gallery image collection add-ons

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