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Our OpenOffice Migration Collection

We often have to make use of office software and the open-source world provides a very powerful and completely free set of office applications with OpenOffice, a suite which has been refined over the course of a decade and rivals in functionality the much less free Microsoft Office.

In this collection we focus on showing you how to migrate from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice, a free (as in beer), open-source alternative. We cover the four main components of OpenOffice:

OpenOffice Writer 3.1 for Microsoft Word users

If you're moving from Microsoft Word to then you'll want to know how to work with .doc files and use all the common tools that you're used to. In this series we quickly get you up and running with OpenOffice 3.1 Writer. This series is aimed at regular computer users who want to learn how to use OpenOffice and how to answer their own questions. It assumes that you've already used another word-processing tool like Word so you're familiar with tasks like writing a simple letter.

OpenOffice 3.1 Impress Introduction

Create your first Impress presentation using OpenOffice's PowerPoint-like presentation system.

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