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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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What changes do I need to make in the way that I work?

While the interfaces of OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office are sufficiently similar to allow immediate productivity, they are not identical. Some functions are based on different underlying concepts. The chapters in this guide will to help you with these differences.

In general what is different in use between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org?

See Chapter 4, “General Differences in Use between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office” in this guide first, as it gives an overall view of differences; the other chapters build on the information presented in that chapter.

What are the specific differences in use between Word and Writer?

See Chapter 5, “Differences in Use between Writer and Word” in this guide for specific information related to text documents.

What are the specific differences in use between Excel and Calc?

See Chapter 6, “Differences in Use between Calc and Excel” in this guide for specific information related to spreadsheets.

What are the specific differences in use between PowerPoint and Impress?

See Chapter 7, “Differences in Use between Impress and PowerPoint” in this guide for specific information related to presentations.

How can I change OpenOffice.org to make it work even more like the way I have worked in Microsoft Office?

See Chapter 8, “Customizing OpenOffice.org” in this guide for information about changing OpenOffice.org to make it work your way. That chapter includes links to macros that were written to help ease the transition.

How do I use the Math Object editor (OpenOffice.org’s equivalent to Equation Editor)?

See Chapter 16 “Math Objects” in the Writer Guide.

What about that database functionality?

See Chapter 10 “Getting Started with Base” in the Getting Started guide, and the Database Guide for details on the new Base component of OpenOffice.org.

Is there an equivalent to WordArt?

Yes. See Chapter 15 “Using Fontwork” in the Getting Started guide.

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