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Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
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Write, edit, and review documents

Most writing, editing, and reviewing techniques in OOoWriter are similar to those in Microsoft Word, but the details often vary.

Table 3: Write, edit and review documents

To do this

In Word

In Writer

Jump quickly to other parts of a document

Edit > Go to

Edit > Navigator (or F5), double-click on required heading, figure, table, etc.

Choose language for spelling checker

Tools > Language > Set Language

Tools > Options > Language Settings > Language. (Note: OpenOffice.org has no grammar checker.)

Ignore some text when checking spelling

Select text; Tools > Language > Set Language > Do not check (or) Format > Style > Modify> Format > Language

Select text; right-click, Character > Font > Language = [None] or the real language of the selected text, if that is foreign.

Recheck spelling

Tools > Spelling & Grammar > Recheck Document

Always rechecks

Find and replace text, formatting, and styles

Edit > Replace > More; choices as needed

Edit > Find & Replace; details are a bit different

Use wildcards in find and replace

Edit > Replace > More > select Use Wildcards checkbox

Edit > Find & Replace, click on the More Options and select Regular expressions; wildcards themselves are different. See the section on Regular expressions in Chapter 4, “General Differences in use between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org”.

Choose, create, or edit a custom dictionary

Tools > Options > Spelling & Grammar > Custom Dictionaries

Tools > Options > Language Settings > Writing Aids

Create exception (exclude) dictionary

File > New, type words, Save As > text only, file extension .EXC

As for custom dictionary, but after clicking on the New button, select Exception (-) in the New Dictionary dialog

Track changes (choose options)

Tools > Options > Track Changes

Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org Writer > Changes

Protect document for editing

Tools > Protect Document

Edit > Changes > Protect Records
(Password needs to be at least 5 characters)

Mark and track changes

(Word 2000) Tools > Track Changes > Highlight Changes

Edit > Changes > Record

Insert comments associated with a change

Highlight text; Insert > Comment

Edit > Changes > Comment

Insert notes (comments not associated with a change)

Highlight text; Insert > Comment

Insert > Note

Show changes as pop-up text

Options > View > Screentips

Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > General

Merge documents

Tools > Merge Documents

Edit > Changes > Merge Document

Accept or reject changes

View > Toolbars > Reviewing

Edit > Changes > Accept or Reject

Change document properties

File > Properties

File > Properties

Get a word count

Tools > Word Count

Tools > Word Count

Create AutoText entry

Select text; Insert > AutoText > New

Edit > AutoText (or) Control+F3

Insert AutoText

Type shortcut and press F3

Type shortcut and press F3; or type Name and press Enter. Writer distinguishes between the “name” and the “shortcut” of an autotext. Word does not.

AutoText in Writer always ends with a paragraph mark. So for a short in-line shortcut, it is better to use AutoCorrect.

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