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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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General options

  1. In the Options dialog box, click OpenOffice.org > General.

  2. On the OpenOffice.org – General page (Figure 26), the options are as described below.

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Help - Tips

When Help: Tips are active, one or two words will appear when you hold the cursor over an icon or field on the main OOo window, without clicking. This setting also affects the display of notes: if both Help: Tips and Extended Tips are turned off, then you won’t see the contents of a note when you hold the cursor over the note.

Help - Extended tips

When Extended tips are active, a brief description of the function of a particular icon or menu command or a field on a dialog box appears when you hold the cursor over that item.

Help Agent

To turn off the Help Agent (similar to Microsoft’s Office Assistant), deselect this checkbox. To restore the default Help Agent behavior, click Reset Help Agent.

Help formatting

High contrast is an operating system setting that changes the system color scheme to improve readability. To display Help in high contrast (if your computer’s operating system supports this), choose one of the high-contrast style sheets from the pull-down list. For Windows XP, the high-contrast style options are as described below.

High-contrast style

Visual effect

Default

Black text on white background

High Contrast #1

Yellow text on black background

High Contrast #2

Green text on black background

High Contrast Black

White text on black background

High Contrast White

Black text on white background

Open/Save dialog boxes

To use the standard Open and Save dialog boxes for your operating system, deselect the Use OpenOffice.org dialogs checkbox. When this checkbox is selected, the Open and Save dialog boxes supplied with OpenOffice.org will be used. (See Chapter 3, “File Management†in the Getting Started guide for more about the OOo Open and Save dialog boxes.)

Document status

Choose whether printing a document counts as changing the document. If this option is selected, then the next time you close the document after printing, the print date is recorded in the document properties as a change and you will be prompted to save the document again, even if you did not make any other changes.

Year (two digits)

Specifies how two-digit years are interpreted. For example, if the two-digit year is set to 1930, and you enter a date of 1/1/30 or later into your document, the date is interpreted as 1/1/1930 or later. An “earlier†date is interpreted as being in the following century; that is, 1/1/20 is interpreted as 1/1/2020.

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