StarOffice is a full-featured, fully integrated suite of office productivity tools with a strong international following. Developed by Sun Microsystems, it is pitched as a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Office. It's a favorite among the "Stop-throwing-your-hard-earned-dollars-at-Bill-Gates" crowd on both the Windows, Linux, and Solaris platforms. Special Edition Using StarOffice 6.0 addresses the core StarOffice suite, which comes with a word processor (StarOffice Writer), spreadsheet application (Calc), drawing and presentation program (Draw/Impress). In addition it addresses the formula editor (StarOffice Math) and a third-party database module that is installed with the software. The book is suited for beginning/intermediate to advanced office productivity tool users in general and users familiar with the Microsoft Office suite in particular who may want to make the switch to StarOffice. The book takes a task-oriented approach to show the users how to make the most of the StarOffice suite - from basic tasks to advanced features and uses. Also included in this edition, a section on "living and working in a Microsoft World" with insight on using StarOffice in an office/work environment with Microsoft Office users.
Who Should Use This Book? How to Use This Book.
I. GETTING STARTED WITH STAROFFICE.1. Introducing StarOffice 6.0.
Welcome to StarOffice 6.0. Upgrading from StarOffice 5.2 to StarOffice 6.0. StarOffice 6.0 Versus OpenOffice.org. Migrating from Microsoft Office to StarOffice.2. Working in a StarOffice Desktop Environment.
Working in a Task-Based Environment. Launching StarOffice…. Exploring the StarOffice UI. Interacting with the StarOffice UI. Creating New Documents. Saving and Opening Documents. Managing Documents and Templates. Taking Stock of Common Editing, Formatting, and Writing Tools. Printing Documents. Emailing and Faxing Documents. Finding Help in StarOffice.3. Sharing and Exchanging Information.
Exploring Information Sharing in StarOffice. Sharing Information the “Old-Fashioned” Way. Pulling Information via Drag-and-Drop. Transferring Information via the Navigator. Sharing Information Using OLE. Linking Data for Up-to-date Information Sharing. Importing and Exporting Information. Converting Files to the New StarOffice File Formats. Coexisting with Microsoft Office Users.4. Getting Fancy with Graphics, Charts, Formulas, and Text.
Inserting and Editing Graphics in StarOffice Documents. Presenting Data with Charts. Building and Inserting Formulas with Math. Creating Special Text Effects with FontWork. Troubleshooting Tips.5. Customizing StarOffice to the Way You Work.
Setting Common StarOffice Options. Selecting Language- and Writing-Aid Options. Configuring Your Document Options. Customizing Your Toolbars, Menus, and Keyboard.
II. CREATING PAGES WITH STAROFFICE WRITER.6. Creating and Editing Text Documents.
Getting Started with StarOffice Writer. Creating New Documents. Adding Text and Special Characters. Editing and Selecting Text. Speeding Up Common Writing and Editing Tasks with Automated Functions. Finding and Replacing Text and Formatting . Saving, Closing, and Opening Documents. Troubleshooting Tips.7. Formatting Documents Directly.
Understanding Your Formatting Options. Formatting Characters. Formatting Paragraphs. Creating Numbered and Bulleted Lists. Formatting Pages. Speeding Up Formatting with Shortcuts. Troubleshooting Tips.8. Formatting Documents with Styles and Templates.
Streamlining Formatting with Styles and Templates. Understanding Style Formatting. Introducing the Stylist. Applying Styles to Documents. Creating New Styles. Modifying and Updating Existing Styles. Importing Styles from Another Document. Managing Styles Efficiently with the Style Catalog. Working with Templates. Troubleshooting Tips.9. Working with Tables and Charts.
Using Tables in Writer. Inserting Tables. Importing Existing Tables. Converting Text to Tables. Converting Tables to Text. Entering and Formatting Text in a Table. Formatting and Editing Table Columns and Rows. Protecting Table Contents. Sorting Table Data (and Other Information). Wordsmith