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Guide for Technical Writers-draft

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 Advanced User Guide for Writer 
 LibreOffice 3.3 for Technical Writers
 A Guide for Technical Writers, Professional Writers, and Power Users
 
Copyright
This document is Copyright
©
2010 by its contributors as listed below. You maydistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either the GNU General PublicLicense (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html), version 3 or later, or the CreativeCommons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), version3.0 or later. All trademarks within this guide belong to their legitimate owners.
Contributors
Daniel FriedmanNour ChatilaRobert Zorko
Feedback 
Please direct any comments or suggestions about this document to:Daniel Friedman:daniel.friedman42@gmail.comNour Chatila:nourchatila@gmail.comRobert Zorko:robert.zorko@gmail.com
Acknowledgments
We would like to thank everyone from the LibreOffice documentation team for yourcomments, reviews, and assistance. In particular, we would like to thank:Ron FaileGabriel GurleyDavid Nelson Jeff PraterGary Schnabl Jean Hollis Weber
Disclaimer
This guide has been developed as a class project. Because of size constraints, it doesnot cover every operation that a technical writer may have to accomplish withLibreOffice Writer. We have tried to point readers to relevant websites and help filesto help supplement the material.We hope that this guide will be a useful contribution to the LibreOffice community,and that future contributors will help complete the sections we have not covered, andwill maintain this guide up to date.
Publication date and software version
Published November 16, 2010. Based on LibreOffice 3.3 Beta Release 3.2
 
Table of Contents
Section 1: Introducing LibreOffice 3.3 for Technical Writers........................................6Who This Guide is for.................................................................................................6Where to Get the Beta...............................................................................................7Installation Assistance...............................................................................................7Section 2: Supported File Formats, Compatibility, and Exporting Files to PDF...........8Fully Supported Formats...........................................................................................8Compatibility with Older OpenDocument Formats....................................................8Compatibility with Microsoft Office Formats.............................................................8Exporting Files as PDF..............................................................................................9Changing the Default File Format.............................................................................9Section 3: Working with Styles....................................................................................10Finding Styles..........................................................................................................10Selecting Styles from the Applied Styles Menu...................................................10 Accessing the Styles and Formatting Window.....................................................10 Viewing Styles by Type........................................................................................11Setting View Filters for Styles.............................................................................12 Applying Styles........................................................................................................12 Applying Paragraph Styles...................................................................................12 Applying Character Styles...................................................................................13 Applying Frame Styles.........................................................................................14 Applying Page Styles...........................................................................................14Modifying Styles......................................................................................................14Using the Paragraph Style Box............................................................................14Updating Styles from a Selection........................................................................15Using AutoUpdate (Paragraph and Frame Styles Only)......................................15Section 4: Working with Tables and Graphics.............................................................16Working with Tables................................................................................................16Inserting a Table..................................................................................................16Customizing Table Borders and Shading.............................................................16Merging, Adding, and Deleting Cells...................................................................17Working with Graphics............................................................................................17Importing Graphics Directly into a Document.....................................................17Using Anchors to Position Graphics.........................................................................17 Anchoring a Graphic to a Character, Paragraph, or Page...................................18 Anchoring a Graphic to a Frame..........................................................................18 Adding a Caption.................................................................................................18Section 5: Working with Headers, Footers, Page Numbering, and Page Orientation.19Working with Headers and Footers.........................................................................19Inserting a Header or Footer...............................................................................19Deleting a Header or Footer................................................................................19
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