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Printing A5 Booklets the Easy Way

Printing A5 Booklets the Easy Way

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Published by James Head
A guide on how to print A5 bookets from A4 sheets of paper using Open Office.
A guide on how to print A5 bookets from A4 sheets of paper using Open Office.

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Published by: James Head on Feb 13, 2009
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Printing A5 Booklets The Easy Way
It is said often that the best things in life are free and this iscertainly true when it comes to printing out A5 booklets on A4paper. I am writing this article, not in any version of MicrosoftWord, but in OpenOffice Writer, the word-processing elementof OpenOffice. OpenOffice is an Office suite, rather likeMicrosoft's, with the added advantages of being free and totallycompatible with all versions of Microsoft Office. It comeswith its own word-processor, spreadsheet, and presentationprograms that both load and save files in Microsoft Word,Excel, and Powerpoint formats. OpenOffice is an example of what is known as 'open source' software.Another bonus, but one that is unlikely to benefit many readers,is that OpenOffice is available for a variety of differentcomputers and systems though most users will probably beinstalling it on some version of Windows. It will work on anyversion of Windows, from '95' to 'XP', which is more than canbe said for the various different versions of Microsoft Officeavailable.You can download OpenOffice from the official website
www.openoffice.org
or, if you have a blank CD you canask me for a copy, since being open source software I can passon a copy free of charge. If you decide to download a copy thefile size is around 51 Mbytes, although it regularly appears onthe cover discs provided with many serious computingmagazines such as PC Plus, PC Advisor e.t.c..
Installation 
If you are using Windows 95, 98 or ME then installing thesoftware is easy. Open Explorer and click on the folder where
 
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 the installation files are then double-click the setup.exe (orsetup if you can't see any file extension) icon and follow theinstructions.If you are using Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XPthen you could feasibly install the software using the methodabove, but there is a better method which will give each user of your computer the ability to customise OpenOffice to theirparticular wishes. To install using this method you will have tolog on as Administrator, then open a command window, go tothe folder containing the installation files and type
setup -net
which will run the set-up program for a'network' installation. After doing this then you should run thesetup.exe program in the newly installed folder for each user.On my main computer I use OpenOffice with Windows ME,XP and Linux since it gives me the ability to create worddocuments in whatever system I happen to have booted to. Italso means that if a particular operating system (usuallyMicrosoft's) goes awry then I can always switch to analternative and still have access to my files.Once installed you will find an OpenOffice folder in your "startmenu" containing separate shortcuts for each Officeapplication. The word-processing element is known as“Writer”.
Page set-up for booklets 
We're going to be creating an A5 booklet for printing on A4landscape paper so first we need to set-up the page in Writer.The page set-up in Writer can be found in the menu underFormat and Page. Selecting this brings up a dialogue windowfrom which we need to select the second tab from the left,
 
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 titled Page as seen in Illustration 1.In the drop-down list next to Format select the A5 paper size,and under Page Layout select “Right and Left”.

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