Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Launching Writer, part of OpenOffice.org 2 Writer Getting Started.
In this chapter we explore some of the basic functionality behind OpenOffice Writer. We will look at some of those common commands like opening and saving and printing. We will get a tour of the user interface but we will start in this lesson by launching the application. There are a couple of different ways for us to do that. Now you can see here, I'm working in Windows Vista on a PC. So I have got shortcuts up here on my Desktop, each one of these representing the applications in the suite including this one OpenOffice Writer. So the easiest way for me to launch Writer is to double-click on this icon, right here on my Desktop. They were created during the installation process. Now some people may not have these shortcuts. If you are working on a Mac, you probably don't have the alias to OpenOffice Writer and you would have to create that if you wanted to use it.
So people on the Mac need to go to their Applications folder to find OpenOffice programs like Writer. Now another option here on Windows Vista is to go down to your Start button, clicking the Start button and then looking through all programs for OpenOffice.org will allow you to launch the application from there. But you can see when you get lots of programs and applications, it could be difficult to find. So I like to come down to my Start Search here and just typing in openoffice, all one word, openoff is all I need to type to see all of the programs up here, including OpenOffice Writer. There it is, down there and notice right at the top though I have got another option that does not appear as a shortcut on my Desktop; its OpenOffice.org 2.4 and this is actually the QuickStarter window, that allows you to create brand new documents using existing templates not just for Writer but for all of the applications.
So I might like to have a shortcut to this one and here in Vista, the easiest way to do that is to just click and drag the OpenOffice.org 2.4 icon here. Just click and drag onto my Desktop, hold down the Option key on your Mac keyboard or hold down the Alt key on your PC keyboard and you will see that little label turns into Create link in Desktop. So here I'm on the PC holding down my Alt key, I let go with the mouse button first and I now have a shortcut to that QuickStarter window I was talking about.
Now the other thing that might happen when you install these applications is this QuickStarter may appear down on your Task Bar. So as I move down to my Task Bar here you can see I do have on the right-hand side OpenOffice.org 2.4 QuickStarter. So I can use the shortcut on my Desktop or double-click right down here, to do that means I'm going to see this little window here that allows me to select Templates and Documents while creating new ones on the fly. So you will notice that it says New Document here and the logo or the icon is my OpenOffice logo but with nothing on the page. In other words, over here on the right, I'm seeing options for each of the applications, not as single one.
Business Cards has the icon representing Writer. Database has the base icon. For Drawing, if I want to start a new drawing, I have got the Draw icon over here. I have got Formulas using OpenOffice Mac. I have got Labels, there is another one for Writer and Text Documents using Writer and XML Form Documents, all of these use Writer. There is a new Spreadsheet, if I want to create one, of course using Calc. I have got a new Presentation using Impress if I wanted to.
So if I want to create a brand new set of business cards or labels, it means just selecting them from the list here and choosing Open. So not only do I launch Writer but I go right into creating a new document that is setup to create labels in this case, or business cards. Now if you've got templates, you can go down to the Templates icon here and in the My Templates folder as you create your own templates is where you go to access them. You also have Presentation Backgrounds and Presentations here, doesn't apply to Writer, so we will skip over that. You have direct access to your own Documents folder, on your computer and if you have got any Samples, the selection of sample letters, reports and other documents if you downloaded those. You will see them here by clicking this folder.
I'm going to click Cancel down here and I'm going to launch Writer the way that I normally would and that's just to double-click the shortcut icon here on my Desktop or go to the Start button and select Writer. I'm going to double-click here and you can see what happens, I launch the application right up here at the top Untitled1, that's the current name of this new document, which is blank, and I'm using OpenOffice.org Writer. So here in this new blank document, I'm not prompted to create labels or business cards. I'm just automatically started with a new blank page ready to start typing or formatting. So the option is yours, whether you choose to your QuickStarter or simply launch the application and do your work once you are inside Writer, that's totally up to you.
Launching an OpenOffice application from your Mac computer is done in a slightly different manner. Now I have installed the latest version of OpenOffice for the Mac and you can see here on my Desktop that I have an alias to OpenOffice.org. This is not created for you automatically during the installation process. So you will need to this yourself if you want one. This means we will access OpenOffice from our Applications the first time around. So let's click Go and then Applications and down here on the alphabetical listing you can see I have got the OpenOffice. org.app, which you don't see here as an icon for each of the separate applications within the suite. We need to launch this first.
So we could double-click it here or we could close this up and double-click the alias, that's what I'm going to do. So this launches the OpenOffice window and I can choose to create different types of files, which will launch the appropriate app. So, for example, if I wanted to create a text document, I will click Text Document here and this is going to launch Writer. So let's do that, we will give it a click. Now the click launch screen closes and I'm ready to start using the app, slightly different from working on a PC.
Now that we have it up and running, it's time to explore this user interface full of toolbars and menus, and rulers and so on. We are going to do that next.
- Organizing text into lists, tables, and columns Checking spelling and grammar Adding bullets or numbers to a list Drawing shapes Applying password protection to a file Emailing and printing files