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    Exclamation OO Writer

    I don't often use a full word processor, but the Mrs has started to do some freelancing and needs one. I told her that that OO was every bit as good as Microsoft Word....
    In OO virtually NONE of the menu options have hotkey combos.. Are they always user defined?
    F'rinstance, no hotkey for word count, or even option to put a button on toolbar?

    She is threatening to start booting to Windows!!!

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    Hi,

    I use openOffice for school (even though I do actually have Microsoft Office 2007 on my Windows 7 partition), but when it came time to do the Strategic Plan for our IT Department at the hospital I used MS Office 2007 (OO doesn't compare to the usability and ease of 2007 once you get use to it. I took a course on it though so my opinion is biased). But I just checked OO and if you click on Tools>Customize and click on the keyboard tab you will see all of the predefined keyboard shortcuts. You can also add functions to keyboard shortcuts that aren't taken yet, or change the ones that are. You can set one for word count here, it's under the options category (I set mine as ctrl+w). You can also always install office in openSUSE using wine.

    Take Care,

    Ian
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    Default Re: OO Writer

    Thanks Ian for the prompt and useful reply... Is ctrl+W a fairly "standard" shortcut for word count (ie used in other word processors etc)? I don't want to teach the Mrs that "This is THE way to get a wordcount", and her finding that elsewhere it does something else.....
    I have Crossover, so as a last resort I could find and install a copy of MSWord, but I am trying to get Mrs Wakou used to the idea that Oranges are not the only fruit as it were....

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    Well, I just booted back into XP and opened 2007. Word count does not have a default keyboard shortcut to get to it, so you can make it whatever you want in OpenOffice and it should be fine. With the new Ribbon feature in 2007, the menus do not have keyboard shortcuts that are apparent until you go into customize and find them. So regarding keyboard shortcuts, OpenOffice and 2007 should be about the same (I even tested using ctrl+enter to enter a page break and it worked just like in 2007) so the transition shouldn't be too hard. If she's had a chance to use the Ribbon in 2007 she might think of OpenOffice as old. If she hasn't yet used 2007 she should be fine.

    Take Care,

    Ian
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    TY it works nice on OO now, she will HAVE to learn that not every computer is exactly the same as the one she used 5 years ago.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakou View Post
    TY it works nice on OO now, she will HAVE to learn that not every computer is exactly the same as the one she used 5 years ago.....
    Different OS's are just that different. If you want to work and be able to seemlesly work on windows and Linux, her best bet is OO as it will function the same on both OS's without a crossover.
    When your up to your a** in Alligators it's pretty hard to remember you intended to drain the swamp (author unknown)

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    Default Re: OO Writer

    wakou wrote:
    > TY it works nice on OO now, she will HAVE to learn that not every
    > computer is exactly the same as the one she used 5 years ago.....


    *or* if she remembers that ctrl+w should pop up word count, YOU can
    set that up for her!!

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    DenverD
    CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD [posted via NNTP w/openSUSE 10.3]

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