Adding functionality with extensions

An extension is a package that can be installed into OpenOffice.org to add new functionality.

Although individual extensions can be found in different places, the official OpenOffice.org extension repository is at http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/. Some extensions are free of charge; others are available for a fee. Check the descriptions to see what licenses and fees apply to the ones that interest you.

Installing extensions

To install an extension, follow these steps:

  1. Download an extension and save it anywhere on your computer.
  2. Tip: To get extensions that are listed in the repository, you can open the Extension Manager and click the Get more extensions here link.

  3. In Writer, select Tools > Extension Manager from the menu bar. In the Extension Manager dialog, click Add.
  4. A file browser window opens. Find and select the extension you want to install and click Open. The extension begins installing. You may be asked to accept a license agreement.
  5. When the installation is complete, the extension is listed in the Extension Manager dialog.
Extension Manager showing several installed extensions

Extension Manager showing several installed extensions

Some useful extensions for writers

This section describes a few of the more important and popular extensions to OpenOffice.org. In each case, you need to first install the extension as described in the previous section.

Template Changer

Adds two new items to the File > Templates menu that allow you to assign a new template to the current document or to a folder of documents. All styles and formatting will be loaded from that template and the document will behave as it was created using that template. Open source.

Professional Template Pack II

Provides more than 120 templates for Writer, Calc, and Impress. Available in several languages. After you have installed this extension, you will find the templates under File > New > Templates and Documents. From Sun Microsystems. Freeware.

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