In today's meetings, we downloaded, installed, and worked with Open Office. The FREE altnernative to Microsoft Office. To read why the software is free, read this information from their web site .
OpenOffice programs are completely compatible with Microsoft Office programs and allows you to read, edit, and create Office documents without owning the Microsoft Office suite. Here is a list of the programs and their functions in Open Office:
First, you need to download the product by clicking here . You will be asked if you want to donate to the project…this is completely voluntary, and you can simply click "Continue to Download" if you don't want to donate. After the download finishes (less than 15 minutes for cable users, about 30-40 minutes for DSL users, and more than 5 hours for dial-up users), you will see the following icon on your Desktop or wherever you chose to save the file:
The install is finished, the first time you open any of the OpenOffice.org programs, you will need to answer a few more questions…again, this is one time only:
You are now ready to start using Open Office!!
One quick tip for the Word Processor and Spreadsheet programs, when you open them the first time Click Tools —> Options from the menus, then:
Setting this option allows you to save all your documents as Microsoft Word documents so that it is easier to share them. Do the same thing in the OpenOffice Spreadsheet (Calc) and change the save option to Excel.
One other tip we pointed out in the group today is that OpenOffice has a built-in function to create an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file out of any document you create in OpenOffice.