OpenOffice.org Writer is the word processing application included in the OpenOffice.org suite of productivity applications.

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Open Office doc imported from Word stuck on read only

I am trying to edit a document I was mailed as a Word document (.doc), but Writer will not let me edit it as it is read only. The security setting "Open this document as read only" checkbox is clear. ...
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How do I change character encoding of a text file in OpenOffice.org writer?

How do I change character encoding of a plain text file in OOO Writer? I have a text file in Windows-1251 and I'd like to change it to UTF-8.
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Set first page in book view to start on LEFT in Writer

I noticed that when I switch to book view in OpenOffice.org 3 Writer, the first page is always on the right. Right now I have one page style for my entire document, with Page Layout set to ...
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How to extract email ids from a document using Word or Writer

I have a document(.doc) with hundreds of email id's in it placed randomly in the text. How do I isolate the email ids, so that I can export them to my Gmail Contacts? I would like a solution to this ...
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Auto-increment field in OpenOffice Writer when printing

I'm trying to print a set of empty bills with OpenOffice Writer. I have an empty template, and what I would like to do is print a different bill number with every copy. The idea would be something ...
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Automatically copy control value to multiple locations in OpenOffice

I have a document that needs to be edited frequently. Only a couple of values in the document change each time I edit it. How do I set the document up so that I only edit one instance of a value and ...
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Unable to set a default language in OpenOffice.org programs

I'm having lots of problems with the default language in OpenOffice.org applications. I've set the language in Tools > Options > Language Settings but whenever I open the app it has no language set ...
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Get absolute page position of text in OpenOffice Writer

I have an elaborately formatted table in OpenOffice Writer. Is there a way I can get the actual position or coordinates of any given cell, like where I click on the box and can see exactly how many ...
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Openoffice: why is a paragraph numbering style sometimes greyed out (unchangeable)?

In OpenOffice Writer 3.2, I try to change the numbering style used for Heading 2, but in the Outline & Numbering tab of the Paragraph Style dialog box, the Numbering Style option is greyed out. I ...
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How do I stop Open Office from automatically changing the date format?

I am trying to enter a date in a document with the following format: 1 September 2010 However, OpenOffice insists on changing it to: 01/09/10 I've looked in the AutoCorrect options and elsewhere ...
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How do I use address data in Calc to populate labels in Writer in the OpenOffice.org suite?

I have a list of mailing addresses in a calc spreadsheet - one column per line in the address. I want to print them out on a sheet of labels. When I open a new labels document, there doesn't appear ...
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Turn off tooltip in openoffice while scrolling?

When I scroll through an Openoffice.org Writer document I have a constant tooltip with page number and (when applicable) the bullet I might be hovering over. It frequently obstructs the text and is ...
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Odt file crashed what can I do?

a very important document(my finishing thesis) that I have been writing using openoffice 3.1.1(its a .odt document) kept crashing everytime I opened it. So I downloaded openoffice 3.2.1 and opened the ...
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Any way to get Pages to write Open Office format?

Is there some sort of plugin out there that allows Apple Pages to export Open Office document format?
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Switching off the automatic insertion of links and Wikipedia references in Writer

Whenever I try and insert pure text into OpenOffice.org Writer it replaces the text with Wikipedia links and references. I can't find where I to switch of this annoying feature. (I have already ...
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How can I do two columns in OpenOffice.org Writer?

I would like to structure my document with two columns in the middle of the page, and one column in the top and in the bottom. Like my example below. How can I do two columns like this in ...
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I accidentally discarded a recovered openoffice file but I desperately need it

I have lost 4 hours of painstaking work. My computer crashed. When I reopened the file there were so many other things going on that I think I inadvertently discarded a recovered version of the file. ...
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Writer fields are showing description instead of expected values

My fields appear to have broken in OpenOffice.org Writer. They no longer display what they're supposed to but instead show some sort of description of their function. For instance, instead of page ...
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Switch Text Paragraphs in OpenOfficeOrg Writer mailmerge

I am using mailmerge to write the same letter with minor differenes to many peolpe. I experienced that switching text paragraphs depending on database values was not easy for me. I ended up putting ...
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Open Office - How to change figure numbering?

In Open Office Writer, I have several figures (Images with captions) on a page, but the figure numbers are ordered incorrectly (e.g. 6, 1, 2, 5, 3, 4). How can I change their ordering? I can't find ...
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Copying a region of Calc cells into a Writer document as a table

I need to take a region of spreadsheet cells and paste them into a Writer document as a table. How do I do this?
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disabling DoWhatIMean behavior in OpenOffice Writer

If I type "2-5" in a table column in OpenOffice Writer, it automagically converts it to 02/05/09. How do I give this program a dope slap and tell it to stop trying to figure out what I mean, and just ...
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Keyboard shortcut in OpenOffice to incrementally increase or decrease font size?

Is there a keyboard shortcut in OpenOffice Writer that will allow me to incrementally change the font size? If I'm switching between 12 and 14 and 16 often, it would be much easier to be able to tap ...
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How do I create a multi-level numbered list with OpenOffice Writer?

I want to create a multi-level numbered (or bulleted) list with OpenOffice Writer. Eventually, I want to have something like this: 1 foo 1 bar 2 foobar 2 bar 1 bork 2 barfoo 3 huh? ...