What is OpenOffice.org?

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a suite of programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and drawings. It is free to download, use and distribute. It is available in many languages and runs on Linux, Mac, Windows, Solaris, and other operating systems. A good introduction is Introducing OpenOffice.org (PDF).

OpenOffice.org version 3

OpenOffice.org 3 was released on 13 October 2008. It is much improved, with some great new features. You can get it from the OpenOffice.org website. Take it for a test drive. If you like it, keep it! No license fees or other charges.

Thanks to OpenOffice.org Ninja for a summary (with screenshots) of the major new features.

Books on OpenOffice.org

In addition to the books listed in the sidebar, others are given on this page and in the books section of the Support page at OpenOffice.org.


On 20 January 2009 I was elected Co-lead of the Documentation Project at OpenOffice.org. See this blog entry.

What’s on this site?

Some of the material on this site may be out of date. Some of it was originally written for OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 and has not been updated for OOo 2 or OOo 3. Some details have changed, but the general information is still relevant. I am updating the pages as I find time.

A book in progress. Working title “Self-publishing using OpenOffice.org”.

Comments, tips, and pointers to articles written by other people about the various components of OpenOffice.org. Click on the links in the navigation bar at the top of any page.

A collection of news items formerly on this page.

My OpenOffice.org-related blog—check the Blog Archives links in the sidebar.

Page last updated 20 January 2009.

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