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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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This is Chapter 3 of the 3 Writer Guide, produced by the OOoAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from Documentation at


This chapter covers the basics of working with text in Writer, the word-processing component of (OOo). It assumes that you are familiar with the use of a mouse and keyboard and that you have read about Writer's menus and toolbars and other topics covered in Chapter 1 (Introducing Writer).

We recommend that you also follow the suggestions in Chapter 2 (Setting up Writer), about displaying formatting aids such as end-of-paragraph marks and selecting other setup options.

When you have read this chapter, you should know how to:

  • Select, cut, copy, paste, and move text
  • Find and replace text
  • Insert special characters
  • Format paragraphs and characters
  • Create numbered or bulleted lists
  • Check spelling, use the thesaurus, and choose hyphenation options
  • Use the autocorrection, word completion, autotext, and line numbering features
  • Track changes, undo and redo changes, and insert notes
  • Link to other parts of a document

OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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