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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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Help

Help facilities in OpenOffice.org (OOo) are very similar to the equivalent in Microsoft Office (MSO).

If you pause the mouse pointer over a button, you will see a tooltip describing the button. To turn this feature on or off, use Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > General.

Pressing Shift + F1, selecting Help > What’s This?, or clicking changes the pointer to a question mark. When the question mark pointer is over a button or control on a dialog, a more detailed description is displayed until the next mouse click.

Note

Pressing Shift + F1 is equivalent to turning on extended tips, Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > General, except that it only stays on until you click again.

Based on whatever is currently selected, pressing F1 displays contextual help.

The equivalent to the MSO “Office Assistant” is called the Help Agent. It “lights up”, alerting the user that help is available for an event that has just happened. Examples are when a user first saves a file, or when a word gets automatically corrected.

The Help Agent can be turned off and on by using Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > General.

Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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