5. März 2007

Tweaking a new OpenOffice.org installation

Here is a list of things you might want to tweak once you've installed OpenOffice.org.
  • If you use multiple languages, install additional dictionaries (File -> Wizards -> Install new dictionaries).
  • Set Locale settings.
  • Set all measurements to mm.
  • Disable the help agent. It's not obtrusive in the same way as Clippy but it's not necessary.
  • Activate AutoCaption feature (Tools > Options -> OpenOffice.org Writer -> AutoCaption).
  • Configure the AutoCorrect options as follows:
  • Options: Disable the Correct TWo INitial CApitals, Capitalize first letter of every sentence, and URL Recognition options.
  • Custom Quotes: the Replace check box (both Single Quotes and Double Quotes) is ticked so Writer uses curly quote marks.
  • Word Completion: Usually activated, but there are users that find this feature confusing.
  • Dock the Navigator and Stylist windows (double-click somewhere on the grey area while holding the Ctrl key down).
  • Install custom macros.
  • Install favorite extensions (for example, OOoWikipedia, Annotation tool, LanguageTool). Check the OpenOffice.org extension repository for more extensions.
  • Set a custom default template.
  • Replace the default dummy text with "Lorem ipsum" (see how).
  • Set new default template.
  • Import additional styles.

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