Choose OpenOffice.org Writer > General on the Options dialog box to display the page shown below.
Choosing general options for Writer
The choices on this page affect the updating of links and fields, the units used for rulers and other measurements, and the default tab stop positions.
Update links when loading
Depending on your work patterns, you may not want links to be updated when you load a document. For example, if your file links to other files on a network, you won’t want those links to update when you are not connected to the network.
Update fields and charts automatically
You may not want fields or charts to update automatically when you are working, because that slows down performance.
Settings – Tab stops
The Tab stops setting specifies the distance the cursor travels for each press of the Tab key. This setting is also used for the indent distance applied by the Increase Indent and Decrease Indent buttons on the Formatting Bar, which affect the indentation of entire paragraphs.