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OpenOffice

Here lately I've noticed a lot more programs supporting OpenOffice and a
lot fewer supporting WordPerfect. So I figured it's time to really give
OpenOffice a good try and start converting docs over to it.

So anyway. The first obstacle I face was how to make a three in top
margin on the first page and a three-quarter inch margin on all
following pages. Susan clued me in and problem was solved albeit not as
easy as WordPerfect does it.

My second problem thus far is that in our document we put the file path
and name on the left side of the footer and the page number and page
count on the right side of the footer. Very easy to do in WordPerfect.
I haven't yet figured out how to do it in OpenOffice. I've seen a few
tutorials that showed it in the header, but they didn't describe how it
was done. Susan tried to help me out with this one, but neither method
you gave me worked well (thanks any ways Susan).

The next problem I foresee is legal pleadings, but I have a feeling
OpenOffice will manage this ok.

I'm not giving up though. OpenOffice doesn't appear to be as easy to
use or as feature complete as WordPerfect, but it's free and is getting
better support than WordPerfect. I might have to make some consessions
in formatting, but so far it's not been a really bad experience.

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Re: OpenOffice

On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:26:50 +0000, Matthew wrote:

> OpenOffice doesn't appear to be as easy to use


Not as easy or different? I have a feeling if you took someone used to
OpenOffice and dropped WordPerfect in front of him, he'd have the same to
say of WordPerfect. That which we do not know or understand is indeed
difficult.

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Joseph Marton wrote:
> On Mon, 04 Aug 2008 15:26:50 +0000, Matthew wrote:
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>> OpenOffice doesn't appear to be as easy to use

>
> Not as easy or different? I have a feeling if you took someone used to
> OpenOffice and dropped WordPerfect in front of him, he'd have the same to
> say of WordPerfect. That which we do not know or understand is indeed
> difficult.
>


Both. It is different and I will have to get use to how it works vs how
WordPerfect works, but something are just easier to do in WordPerfect.
Margins are a good example of that. Much easier to set in WordPerfect,
but so far they aren't horrible in OpenOffice and I can see the benefit
to using styles. It's gonna take some getting use to. 😄

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Biggest problem I had was everyone screaming, "Where's Word!",
"Ewww. What's this?" and rolling there eyes. After awhile they
kinda just glaze over and get on with life. After that I haven't
heard anything and seems like everyone is just as happy now.

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> Biggest problem I had was everyone screaming, "Where's Word!",
> "Ewww. What's this?" and rolling there eyes. After awhile they
> kinda just glaze over and get on with life. After that I haven't
> heard anything and seems like everyone is just as happy now.


Oh, one other interesting thing to note...people that have Office because
of some proprietary extension that doesn't work, now wave it around
in front of the other workers like it's some sort of social plumage.
<rolls eyes>

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Matthew wrote:

> Here lately I've noticed a lot more programs supporting OpenOffice and a
> lot fewer supporting WordPerfect. So I figured it's time to really give
> OpenOffice a good try and start converting docs over to it.


A Blog of Tips, Tricks etc. I follow is at:
http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/

Some useful stuff there.

Jim

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Re: OpenOffice

Matthew:

I hadn't had a chance to try the things I suggested, which I usually do
before suggesting them, but not this time.

That said, the single row table seems to work fine for me. You have to
turn off the auto-fit in the footer, and make sure the table isn't set
for borders, etc., but I just did one and it worked. It could be done
as a macro, or even just set in the default template.

OK, I just tried the frame method, also, and that worked just fine,
too. Create a frame without auto-adjust, align it to the left, insert
the field into it for path and filename, reduce the font size, then
click in the footer outside the frame and change the alignment to
right, add the fields for page # of # and it works just fine.

This could also be done with a macro, or made part of the default
template for a document type.

What in the heck were YOU doing? : )

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That's a good site. I've referenced that one to others. : )

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Susan <nscv.sysop.susan@myrealbox.com> wrote in news:VA.000059bf.0a329090
@myrealbox.com:

> What in the heck were YOU doing? : )


Maybe he went to oldversion.com and is running the .1 release? 😎

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Dave:

Well, I thought be might think the process was too "fussy," but if it's
in a template already, there's no fuss except initial setup of the
template. : )

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Re: OpenOffice

Susan wrote:
> Dave:
>
> Well, I thought be might think the process was too "fussy," but if it's
> in a template already, there's no fuss except initial setup of the
> template. : )
>
> Susan
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Well, when I inserted a table it left a line below which made the footer
very big. I just don't like text boxes (or frames as they are called in
OpenOffice). I'll go back and try the tables again with your suggestion. 😄

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Matthew:

If you want me to email you the document I did that contains a table
footer that appears on all pages, let me know. : )

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