7.7. Opening or Creating Documents with OpenOffice.org

The office suite OpenOffice.org offers a complete set of office tools including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, vector drawing program, and database component. Because OpenOffice.org is available for a number of operating systems, you can use the same data across different computing platforms. You can also open and edit files in Microsoft Office format and save them back to this format, if needed. To start OpenOffice.org, press Alt-F2 and enter OOo.

A number of sample documents and templates are included with OpenOffice.org. Access the templates by clicking File+New+Templates and Documents. In addition, you can use AutoPilot, a feature that guides you through the creation of letters and other common documents.

For a more in-depth introduction to OpenOffice.org, see Chapter 1, The OpenOffice.org Office Suite (↑Applications) or view the help in any OpenOffice.org program.