Writer is the word processing component of OpenOffice.org. It has many important features that are of interest to self-publishers:
- Powerful page layout
- Easy-to-use templates and styles
- Export to PDF
- Placement of pictures and graphics
- Automatic creation of tables of contents and indexes
- Tracking of changes during editing
Writer also provides the usual features of a word processor, including spelling checker, thesaurus, hyphenation, autocorrection, find and replace, and mail merge.
Learning how to use Writer to create, edit, and manage documents is an important first step. This chapter introduces these basics.
Writer is similar to Microsoft Word, but it is also different. If you are familiar with Word, you may need to learn some new ways when you work in Writer. If you can’t find a certain feature in Writer, don’t assume that feature is not there. Writer might handle it in a different way.
This chapter describes:
- The Writer workspace
- Changing document views
- Using toolbars
- Using the status bar
- Using the Navigator
- Creating a new document
- Saving a document
- Combining several documents into a book
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