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Gurdy Leete , Ellen Finkelstein , Mary Leete
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Book Description

  • Uses the straightforward For Dummies style to show Linux andWindows users how to use the desktop productivitysuite
  • has a user interface and feature set similar tothat of other office suites and works transparently with a varietyof file formats, including those of Microsoft Office
  • Explains how to download, install, and set up both the Linuxand Windows versions of
  • Organized by the four key desktop applications provided in suite: Writer (word processing), Calc(spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), and Draw (graphics)
  • Other topics covered include creating and formatting documentswith Writer, using templates and styles, creating spreadsheets withCalc, manipulating spreadsheet data, creating a presentation withImpress, and creating and editing images with Draw

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From the Back Cover

Start using this free and easy productivity suite today

Draft and print documents, design cool presentations, create detailed spreadsheets, and more

Ready to leave your other Office? Open this friendly guide and find out how opens up your options! You can collect your thoughts in Writer documents, crunch numbers with Calc spreadsheets, draw great graphics, and create presentations that will really impress ‘em.

All this on the bonus CD-ROM

  • Full versions for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X of the desktop productivity suite

Discover how to:

  • Use with other office suites
  • Format and edit documents
  • Manage data in spreadsheets
  • Design and create Web pages
  • Put together picture-perfect presentations
  • Create and edit graphics

About the Author

Ellen Finkelstein has written numerous best-selling computer books on AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and Flash. She consults on Web site and presentation content and organization, and maintains a Web site of free tips and tutorials at She works at home so that she can help her kids with their homework between paragraphs of her current book.

Gurdy Leete is an assistant professor of art and the director of the programs in digital media at Maharishi University of Management, where he has taught computer graphics and animation for the past 11 years. Gurdy has written extensively on computers, graphics and software. He is also an award-winning graphics software engineer, and is a coauthor of the Multitile plug-in for the free GNU image manipulation program, the GIMP. A selection of Gurdy’s computer art is available for download under the terms of the free software license, the GNU GPL, from his Web site,

Mary Leete has published widely on computers and other subjects. She has a masters degree in Professional Writing and ha s taught writing at the university level. She also has.a B.S. in computer science from Rutgers University and worked for several years as a database and spreadsheet programmer. Mary used exclusively to help design and build the Leetes’ new home. She used Draw to create numerous plans, Calc for budgets and expense accounting, Writer for endless correspondence and Impress to give seminars on the joy of being your own contractor after it was all finished.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6989 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9VSW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I tried it and liked it. January 20, 2004
I'm an attorney who uses (OOo) every day in his law practice. I don't usually read a user manual like one would read a novel, but I actually read OOo for Dummies cover to cover because 1) the book is readable, 2) I learned how to use features that I didn't even know existed in OOo. For example, I'm going to travel to Oregon for business, and learned that I could put a map in a background for a spreadsheet to coordinate my travels there, after reading in OOo for Dummies that such was possible. I never would have thought of that. :-) This Dummies book also gives simple, easy step by step instructions for doing stuff. There are several books on, and I have bought them all. Each of them has a different use, so you really are not wasting your money if you buy all of them. However, if you don't want to buy them all, OOo for Dummies is good for any user who wants ideas as to how they could use OOo, and it's good for users who really need a clear step-by-step explanation of how to do stuff. Even though it is a "Dummies" book, this book is also good for intermediate users who knew how to do stuff and forgot. This book is also a good way for users (like me) who can't figure out how to download the program from [...] and who need to get software on CDs, as a CD is included with the book. If you haven't used open source software before, OOo and this Dummies book is a good way to try it. Also, I think that you will be really surprised how powerful this free software program is. You can do some very sophisticated stuff with it, such as graphics, web pages, drawings, etc. I was using another major office suite before I began using OOo, and I found that I could do everthing I wanted with OOo.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not as in depth as I would like. September 2, 2005
By B. Laue
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book covers the major aspects of the software suite, but it really doesn't get into the details of the programs. For that, I recommend a Dummies book on the Microsoft version, since they don't have an in-depth book on the version of the software applications. For what it is, an overview of the suite, it is very good. I highly recommend it as a fantastic starting point. I paid a paltry $7 for the book, delivered. How can you go wrong with a price like that? Truth be told, I believe it would have been worth the cover price of $24.99. It is an excellent book to start with, but you'll want to dig deeper after you make it through this book. I hope the authors will consider making full-blown Dummies books for Impress/Presentation, and Calc/Spreadsheet, and the Writer/Text Document applications, too.

I highly recommend to all non-profit organizations, as well as for-profit companies: save yourselves $200-$500, per computer, along with the upgrade/compatibility issues, and dump Microsoft. You will be glad you did. Cheers!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be carefull July 16, 2007
All supplied material for review of this book said it was new and up to date but did not give the version number of Open Office that was covered. When I received the book I was frustrated and well into it when I found it was for version 1.1. The Open Office I have is 2.2. The data base portion is not even mentioned in this book. I found that I wasted a lot of time. If any of these books do not show the version number of the program they are working with I would not buy them!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By draden
We are a company that pride our selves on being cutting edge, if not bleeding edge with open source software solutions. We had used MS office for years but as OOo has gotten more advanced we
started migrating over to it as a great alternative.One of my main job duties here is actually the OOo expert. I field any questions, do training, and I am basically the PR front for our now 800 users. I just ordered 20 copies of your book so I can lend them out to users with concerns and questions. It is a great book and a terrific resource for our organization.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date January 3, 2009
Format:Paperback should discontinue this book. I got it for Christmas and it is hopelessly out of date. It was published in 2003 and geared for the 1.1 version of Openoffice. The 3.0 version has been released.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In desperate need of revision October 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the Kindle edition of this book, so I don't know whether my comments apply to the paper version. I found the book to be hopelessly out of date and misleading at many points. One glaring example is the omission of Base; the book even states that OOo doesn't include a database application! The author uses MS Office XP as the basis for comparison, for heaven's sake. Both suites have undergone major revisions since this was published. I would have expected a corresponding updating of the book. Very disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is the Dummie? September 12, 2009
I was very disappointed in the OpenOffice for Dummies. I was specifically looking for the "Base" portion of OpenOffice and it was not mentioned at all.

I also purchased OpenOffice 3 and the information I wanted was included, although not in as friendly text as I expected the Dummies to be.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as in depth as I would have liked July 20, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Should be more in depth....and along with another reviewer I would like to see more in depth books covering the individual applications...such as the spreadsheet and presentation applications....

Have not had much time to read the whole book but I was not very impressed with the spreadsheet section.....although it is helpfull....I was hoping for more detailed and in depth help....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good instructions in clear English.
Published 6 days ago by Donald Schaeffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful reference book for OpenOffice questions and trouble shooting.
Published 2 months ago by Judy Sweeko
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very basic; did not include chapter on database.
Published 4 months ago by Benjamin H. Comiskey Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to have on hand for questions that come up with OpenOffice.
Published 5 months ago by Judy Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of information!
Open Office for Dummies has really proved to be an invaluable source of information to guide me through using a new program. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars fortunately I was permitted to download it from the
This book helped me considerably to understand how to create a system to record financial actions, print them out and save them on my computer in expensively compared to using... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KEN KEITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know if I really need to purchase it!!
When reading about the program before I installed on the laptop it gave a few differences from MS office so that's the reason for purchasing book but there could be something down... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I have an entire collection of the Dummies how-to books (about 25) and they are always my "go-to" reference guides for anything computer related,and this one is no... Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by oklahoma apache
5.0 out of 5 stars Always works
I have used this book series for a lot of things because I am a dummy. Easy to read and understand. Good reference also.
Published on March 15, 2011 by bluraven
1.0 out of 5 stars disgiusted
I thought I was ordering openoffice 3.2 but I received 3.1 which is unacceptable to me.
A real letdown.
Published on November 26, 2010 by John Betts
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