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Welcome to the Spoken tutorial on LibreOffice WriterIn this tutorial we will learn about: Introduction to Writer.

Various tool bars in Writer

How to open a new document and an existing document

How to save a document and

How to close a document in Writer.

LibreOffice Writer is the word processor component of the LibreOffice Suite.

It is the equivalent of Microsoft Word in Microsoft Office Suite.

It is a free and open source software so it can be shared, modified and distributed without any restrictions.

Since it is free to share,it can be shared without needing to pay any license fees.

To get started with LibreOffice suite,you can use either Microsoft Windows 2000 and its higher versions like MS Windows XP or MS Windows 7 or you can use GNU/Linux as your Operating System.

Here we are using Ubuntu Linux 10.04 as our operating system and LibreOffice Suite version 3.3.4

If you do not have LibreOffice Suite installed, Writer can be installed by using Synaptic Package Manager.

For more information on Synaptic Package Manager,please refer to the Ubuntu Linux Tutorials and download LibreOffice Suite by following the instructions on this website.

Detailed instructions are available in the first tutorial of LibreOffice Suite.

Remember, when installing, use the 'Complete' option to install 'Writer'.

If you have already installed LibreOffice Suite,

you will find LibreOffice Writer by clicking on theApplicationsoption at the top left corner of your screen

and then clicking onOfficeand then on theLibreOfficeoption.

A new dialog box opens up with various LibreOffice components.

In order to access LibreOffice Writer, click on theText Documentoption, which is the word processor component of the suite.

This will open an empty document in the main Writer window.

The Writer window has various tool bars like the title bar,

the menu bar,+the standard toolbar,

the formatting bar and the status bar which have the most commonly used options which we will learn about as the tutorials progress.

Now let us start the tutorial by learning how to open a new document in Writer.

You can open a new document by clicking on theNewicon in the standard toolbar

or by clicking on theFileoption in the menu bar

and then clicking on theNewoption and then finally clicking on theText documentoption.

You see that a new Writer window opens up in both the cases.

Now type some text in the editor area.

So we will type, “RESUME”.

Once done writing your document, you should save it for future use.

To save this file, click onFilein the menu bar

and then click on theSave Asoption.

A dialog box appears on the screen where you are required to enter the name of your file under theNamefield.

So enter the name of the file asresume”.

Below theNamefield you have theSave in folder

field where you are required to enter the folder name which will contain your saved file.

So click on the down arrow in theSave in folderfield and click on theDesktopoption.

You see a list of folders appears in the menu where you can save your file.

Now let us click on theDesktopoption. The file will be saved on the desktop.

You can also click onBrowse for other folders

and choose the folder in which you want to save your document.

Now click on theFile typeoption in the dialog box.

It shows you a list of file type options or file extensions under which you can save your file.

The default file type in LibreOffice Writer is theODF Text Documentwhich provides the extensiondot odt”.

ODT belongs to the Open Document Format or the ODF format which is a globally accepted open standard for word documents.

It is also accepted by the Government of India policy on 'open standards in e-Governance'

Besides saving as dot odt text documents, which can be opened in LibreOffice Writer,

you can also save your file as dot doc and as dot docx format which can be opened in the MS Office Word program.

Another popular file extension which opens in most programs is dot rtf, which is theRich Text Format”.

Now click on theODF Text Documentoption.

You see that the file type, “ODF Text Documentand within brackets dotodt”, gets displayed next to theFile typeoption.

Now click on theSavebutton.

This takes you back to the Writer window with the filename and extension of your choice on the title bar.

You are now ready to write a text document in Writer window.

In addition to the above formats discussed,the Writer documents can also be saved indot htmlformat which is a web page format.

This is done in the same way as explained before .

So click on theFileoption in the menubar and then click on theSave Asoption.

Now click on theFile Typeoption, and then click on theHTML Document and within braces Open Office dot org Writeroption.

This option gives thedot htmlextension to the document.

Click on theSavebutton.

Now put a check on theAsk when not saving in ODF formatoption in the dialog box.

Finally click on theKeep Current Formatoption.

You see that the document gets saved with dot html extension.

The document can also be exported to PDF format by simply clicking on theExport Directly as PDFoption in the standard tool bar.

As before, choose the location where you wish to save.

Alternately, you can do so by clicking on theFileoption in the menu bar and then clicking on theExport as pdfoption.

In the Dialog box which appears ,click onExportand after that click on theSavebutton.

A pdf file will be created.

Lets close this document by click onFileand thenClose”.

Next we will learn how to open an existing document in LibreOffice Writer.

Lets open the documentResume.odt.

To open an existing document, click on theFilemenu in the menubar at the top and then click on theOpenoption.

You see that a dialog box appears on the screen.

Here find the folder where you saved your document.

So click on the small pencil button at the top left corner of the dialog box.

It has the name, “Type a file Name”.

This opens aLocation Barfield.

Here, type the name of the file you are looking for.

So we write the name of the file asresume”.

Now the list which appears with resume as file names, chooseresume dot odt

Now click on theOpenbutton.

You see that the file resume.odt opens.

Alternately you can open an existing file by clicking on theOpenicon in the toolbar at the top and doing the further process in the same manner.

You can also open files in Writer withdot docanddot docxextensions which are used by Microsoft Word.

Next you will see how to modify a file and save it under the same file name.

So first select the textRESUMEby clicking on the left mouse button and then dragging it along the text.

This will select the text and highlight it. Now release the left mouse button.

The text should still be highlighted.

Now click on theBoldicon in the standard toolbar. The text thus becomes bold.

In order to align this text to the centre of the page,click on theCenteredicon in the toolbar.

You see that the text gets centrally aligned on the page.

Now let us increase the font size of the text.

So click on the down arrow in theFont Sizefield in the toolbar.

In the drop down menu,let us click on14”.

So the font size of the text increases to14”.

Now click on the down arrow in theFont Namefield and then selectUnDotumas the font name.

Click on theSaveicon in the toolbar.

So you see that the file gets saved under the same file name even after the modification is done.

Once you have saved your document and you wish to close it,

just click on theFilemenu in the menu bar and click on theCloseoption.This closes your file.

This brings us to the end of the spoken tutorial on LibreOffice Writer To summarize, we learned about:

Introduction to Writer.Various toolbars in Writer.

How to open a new document and an existing document on Writer.How to save a document on Writer.

How to close a document on Writer.

COMPREHENSIVE ASSIGNMENT Open a new document in Writer.

Save it under the namepractice.odt

Write the textThis is my first assignment

Save the file. Underline the text. Increase the font size to 16. Close the file.

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