From the Author
I'm delighted to be able to publish this book. It's a combination of topics that I've learned are the most important to people, gathered from four years of training, of questions and discussions in my blog, and from my own use of the product. The most important thing about a book is not to simply document how the software works, but to teach people how to do their jobs, using the software. That is my goal with the OpenOffice.org Guidebook.
Note: This book replaces the OpenOffice.org 2 Resource Kit. That is the title given to it by Prentice Hall. I am self-publishing the book, and have renamed it as the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook, a name I think is more representative of my goal to guide users through the most important and useful parts of the software.
From the Back Cover
The OpenOffice.org Guidebook teaches you not just how to use the program, but how to use it well. From setup tips to little-known copy and paste tricks, and with well-illustrated instructions for charts, mail merges, presentation effects, and more, the book provides you with the information and insight to master OpenOffice.org and StarOffice. Imagine an office suite that's powerful, easy to use, compatible with other suites like Microsoft OfficeTM, and is absolutely free! That's OpenOffice.The OpenOffice.org Guidebook is the perfect companion to this office suite, or to StarOffice, the commercial version of OpenOffice.org from Sun Microsystems(TM) The Guidebook also includes resources from the author's training materials and years of experience delivering training, as well as answers to questions submitted to the author's top-rated blog, openoffice.blogs.com. Setup tips include controlling automatic formatting and setup options, templates, and working with Microsoft users. Writer text document chapters include formatting, tables, graphics, printing to PDFs, envelopes and labels, complex page layout, lists, and the key to excellent documents, styles and templates. Excel spreadsheet chapters include formatting, data entry and calculations, the Function AutoPilot, linked spreadsheets and cell references, subtotals, sorting and filtering, and advanced printing setup. Impress and Draw chapters include creating presentations, managing and creating templates and master pages, applying effects, printing handouts, creating and exporting drawings, technical diagrams, and creating colors. Base database chapters include creating databases, queries and views, and mail merge setup and printing. Get even more out of the OpenOffice.org Guidebook online. Visit openoffice.blogs.com and click the link for Book Resources to find additional content, templates, and more.
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