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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Starting from the system menu

Using the system menu is the most common way to start Writer. The system menu is the standard menu from which most applications are started. On Windows, it is called the Start menu. On GNOME, it is called the Applications menu. On KDE, it is identified by the KDE logo. On Mac OS X, it is the Applications menu.

When was installed, a menu entry was added to your system menu. The exact name and location of this menu entry depends on your graphical environment. This chapter looks at Windows, GNOME and KDE on Linux, and Mac OS X. The concepts should easily be applicable to another operating system.


On Windows, the menu is located in Programs > 2.x, where “2.x†corresponds to the version number of 1 shows a typical setup on Windows XP. Select 2.0 Writer to start Writer with a blank document.



GNOME installations differ from one distribution to the next. Most modern distributions come with already installed. You will find under Applications > Office, as shown in Figure 2.


Fedora/Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes with installed. On the GNOME desktop, OOo can be found under Main Menu > Office. If you have installed a newer version of OOo, you will find it under Main Menu > Office > More Office Applications.

If you installed by downloading OOo from the https://www.openoffice.orgwebsite, it is under Applications > Other.


On KDE, is installed in its own menu, called Office(see Figure 3).


Some Linux distributions install in the Office submenu. Mandrake is such a distribution. In this case, to launch Writer, choose Office > Word processors > Writer. Figure 4 illustrates the OOo menu with Math selected.


Mac OS X

Go to the folder where you installed You should see its icon in the Applications folder (Figure 5). To start, double-click its icon.


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