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May 31, 2007

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And the option "DDE"? What is the utility of this checkbox for a section linked?

(sorry for my English; I'm spanish speaker) ;-)

Hi Ismael,

The DDE link is for the programmery among us; I haven't used it. I use the Link option with the browse button to link to a file, but not the DDE option. I'm really not sure what the DDE link option offers beyond the link option, except, I guess, to be able to insert a specific cell. But as the help info below says, you can achieve the same effect with edit > Paste special, link, and then make that pasted content a normal section.

Here's the online help info:

"Creates a DDE link. Select this check box, and then enter the DDE command that you want to use. The DDE option is only available if the Link check box is selected.
The general syntax for a DDE command is: " ", where server is the DDE name for the application that contains the data. Topic refers to the location of the Item (usually the file name), and Item represents the actual object.
For example, to insert a section named "Section1" from a OpenOffice.org text document abc.sxw as a DDE link, use the command: "soffice x:\abc.sxw Section1". To insert the contents of the first cell from a MS Excel spreadsheet file called "abc.xls", use the command: "excel x:\[abc.xls]Sheet1 z1s1". You can also copy the elements that you want to insert as a DDE link, and then Edit - Paste Special. You can then view the DDE command for the link, by selecting the contents and choosing Edit - Fields."

Good Morning: As an experienced Word user, last year I switched to a Linux Operating System and Open Office Writer. Pleased with everything about Linux, I wrote my 9th novel with OpenOffice Writer. Still pleased with the open source programs, I vowed never to return to Microsoft. However, when I attempted to connect my front page material to the 400 page novel, I faced such a difficult task (for me) that I converted the novel to Word and moments later, the format for the entire novel was complete.
Two questions: When using OOWriter, how does one complete 400 pages of 35 chapters and attach six front pages to the book? I have tried to use the scattered instructions on using sections, but this does not work for me without renumbering the entire document, which is unacceptable. The problem is in pagenation.

Second: Upon finally combining the book section with the front section, upon opening in OpenOfficeWriter, the entire front section was lost. It never converted!

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Donald

Hi Donald,

Congrats on your novels, and I'm sorry you're having problems with OOo.

To combine documents, use Master Documents.

http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2008/06/techtarget-arti.html

Solveig

Thanks for the above. I'll try using Master Documents. Again, thanks. Donald

I've been looking high and low and I haven't seen anything that would deal with the subject of 're-arranging' sections in OpenOffice. Can it be done? After having multiple sections, can I simply select it as an object and move it around, so section 1 becomes 3 and 3 becomes 1 and so on?

Thanks

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Second: Upon finally combining the book section with the front section, upon opening in OpenOfficeWriter, the entire front section was lost. It never converted!

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