I wrote this article for my friend Russell over at FanaticAttack. Lots of comments (I clearly need to do better at publicizing my own blog! ;> ). Check it out; it's definitely one of my more explicit, step-by-step guides.
Here are some setup tips to help you get OpenOffice.org humming.
Some of the default settings aren’t quite what I would recommend, but it’s very easy to make the changes.
First, choose Tools > AutoCorrect.
In the Word Completion tab, turn off word completion if it bugs you by unmarking the Enable Word Completion option. If you like it but want to change what key you use to accept the suggestion, you can do that too.
A window you want to get to know: choose Tools > Options. I strongly recommend that you go through every option in that window since many are very useful. To get the options for text documents you need to have a Writer document open first; to get the options for spreadsheets you need a Calc document open first, and so on.
- I like to choose Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > View. Select Large as the icon size.
- You might also want to turn on backups. Choose Tools > Options > Load/Save > General and select Always Create Backup Copy. The backups are created at the location specified for backups under Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > Paths.
- If you find the color selection in OpenOffice.org lacking, you can create your own under Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > Colors.
Writer printing: Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Writer, Print: you might want to turn off the option for printing automatically inserted blank pages unless you’re heavy into the first page of a new section starting on the right-hand page.
Calc printing: Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Calc, Print: it’s best to turn off both options here. If you want to select two or more sheets to print when you’re ready to print, just select one sheet tab, then hold down Ctrl and click on each additional sheet you want to print.