Free alternative for Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
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This software suite is a complete package that allows you to work with Microsoft Word documents (fully compatible). It is developed from more than 10 years ago and it has a large use due its open source (free) license.

It includes several components or tools and you can choose between them when you start the application:
  • Text Document - similar with Word
  • Spreadsheet - similar with Excel
  • Presentation - similar with PowerPoint
  • Drawing - create custom charts, drawings with shapes, arrows etc.
  • Database - create or connect to a server
  • Formula - create your own custom? formulas

You can export/save documents as PDF, it has advanced printing capabilities, compare documents, insert images or tables, check spelling and grammar, count words and characters. Save documents as HTML or XML, besides common Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pps, .rtf ..)

You can open or manage Excel, CSV, Word files, create or open presentations. Is a free alternative to Microsoft Office.

Menu and settings detailed look
1. File
a) add new text document, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database, HTML document etc.
b) open new documents or recent spreadsheets
c) save instant or Save as (.ods mean OpenDocument spreadsheet, .ots , .sxc, .xls, .vor template etc)
d) export,export as a pdf,send document by email,print,preview print.

2. Edit
edit contains undo, redo, cut, copy, paste,find ,fill and plug-ins. File and Edit are the most used main menu .

3. View
View attribute allow to see with zoom (larger or smaller documents sizes),switch to full screen mode and taskbars enable (font work,insert cell,insert objects,text formatting,formula bar etc)

4. Insert
With Insert option can insert in a .ods document cells, rows, columns, pictures, special characters and charts.

5. Format
Can format sheets (rows and cells), adjust flip,alignment and styles.Can merge cells , like Excel spreadsheet program.

6. Tools
A good category were Sun Microsystems allow to spellcheck, auto correct set XML settings and auto calculator .

7. Data
On Data you define the range ,sort by a number of parameters,calculate subtotals and insert filters for columns in spreadsheets.

8. Help
Contain support ,help and registration details.

OpenOffice Presentation you can import template or open an existing presentation..Select the slide design and preview before next step;choose the effect and speed for sheets presentation and press Create button. A nice .odp (open document presentation )page will appear. In the right you have the tasks and the sheets in miniature. Can configure the slide sorter,outline and notes. User can change or delete background of page.

OpenOffice also can create a database to work with, open or edit an existing database from a server.
  • fully compatible with MS Office
  • good usability
  • supports a lot of data to work with
  • high performance
Bottom line:
A strong software that open, edit and create different types of documents, is free and every user must try it.
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OpenOffice is an open-source, multiplatform and multilingual office suite comparable with MS Office. It is compatible with all other major office suites and is free read more...
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