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Staroffice 6.0 Companion (Sun Microsystems Press) Paperback – 24 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (24 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130384739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130384737
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,650,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The user-friendly guide to mastering StarOffice Office Suite and OpenOffice.org.

  • The user-friendly, task-based guide to StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite and OpenOffice.org 1.0
  • For Windows, Linux, and Solaris OE platforms
  • Covers Writer, Web, Calc, Impress, Draw, databases and formulas, and more

Imagine an inexpensive office productivity suite that's powerful and easy to use, and includes great extras like a drawing program and database connectivity. StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite and the open source equivalent OpenOffice.org 1.0 deliver all of this and outstanding Microsoft Office compatibility at an amazing low price for millions of Linux, Windows, and Solaris Operating Environment users.

Learn StarOffice for the first time, or get to know the great new features in the latest release, with StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite Companion, the comprehensive, insider's guide straight from Sun Microsystems, developer of StarOffice Office Suite.

StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite Companion also incorporates solutions to questions from hundreds of new and expert StarOffice Office Suite and OpenOffice.org users, making this the most practical, task-based book around. It delivers clear, step-by-step instructions, focusing on what you need to do to get your job done.

StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite is a Sun ONE Software Offering.

You'll find comprehensive coverage of all of the following and more:

  • Great information across applications: Conversion to and from Microsoft file formats, as well as opening nearly 200 other file formats.
  • Migration from StarOffice 5.2, and what's new in StarOffice 6.0 and OpenOffice.org 1.0.
  • Tips on using OpenOffice.org, the open source version of StarOffice, and the minor details in which it differs from StarOffice.
  • Answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions, including how to print spreadsheet headings on multiple pages, automatically converting from and saving to Microsoft formats, and migration tips.
  • Quick Start tutorials that teach you the key features of each application, plus procedures on customizing StarOffice to make using it simple and productive.
  • Comprehensive coverage of each application:
    • StarOffice Writer―Editing, formatting, mail merge, printing to postscript and PDF, long documents, version control, comparing documents.
    • StarOffice Web―Creating Web pages with the AutoPilot, hotlinks, viewing and editing source. animated GIFs, and marquees.
    • StarOffice Calc―Formatting, everything about data entry and calculations in spreadsheets, including the function AutoPilot, scenarios and goal seek, exporting to HTML and inserting spreadsheets in other documents.
    • StarOffice Impress―Creating, designing, and delivering presentations, including custom presentations and animation.
    • StarOffice Draw and image editing features―Using the vast array of drawing tools, including 3D, distorting and manipulating shapes and text, editing raster graphics like photos, exporting to formats like GIF, EPS, and SVG.
  • Connecting to data sources―Bringing in the data from spreadsheets or databases, plus using the Web form AutoPilot.

Want to learn how to get things done with StarOffice? Here's the practical, direct, expert guide you've been searching for: StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite Companion.

About the Author

Solveig Haugland has been writing, editing, and training for eleven years, helping newbies and techies alike learn about Java technology, accounting software, WebLogic, and, of course, StarOffice Office Suite. She's currently a documentation and training consultant for www.lastturtle.com

Floyd Jones has nine years of experience creating documentation and training materials for a wide range of software products, including accounting software, golf course management, and WebLogic. He currently does project management and documentation for WebLogic and StarOffice Office Suite.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I purchased this in the States and am so glad I did. I'm only annoyed that I didn't have it sooner, since I was ready to swear blind there were features StarOffice didn't have, which simply weren't easy to find. However, they're very well documented in this book. It's what I needed for the last several months while I was figuring things out the hard way. Finally managed to make headers and footers and page numbering work properly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2002
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I've been badgering everyone I know to get this book, and finally one of my badgerees said I should tell everyone on Amazon and stop bugging my friends. All right, here it is.
I started using StarOffice two years ago at work and it was a bit of a job at first. Everyone else was in the same boat. Then my manager ordered these Companion books and I started looking at the index every time I needed to do something. Shazam. It was there. I looked up something else. It was there too (doing cross references in Writer). And when I needed to print multiple headings out of Calc on multiple pages, there it was, in the index and with all the steps to do it, very simple and clear. My favorite is the "Turning Off Annoying Features" section. It showed me how to turn off all automatica features that waste your time.
So eventually we all figured out that StarOffice actually can do a lot of things, and it's not that hard, but you can't figure it out as easily without a book. It's easy when you know how. And this book tells you how. Buy it before you lose anymore hair or flatten your forehead anymore.
This is the update to the 5.2 book, which I also used extensively, and which is also very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mamboqueen42" on 29 Jan. 2003
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I am very pleased with this book, the "StarOffice 6.0 Office Suite Companion." It is an excellent balance of clarity and detail and while I cannot vouch for everyone I find that the "tech level" is just right for me. I am an experienced computer user so do not need a "Dummies" book, which this is not, but I do need direct, clear instructions to tell me what I want to do. Which this book provides.
I was most delighted by coverage of setting up databases, which was clear and provided me everything I needed without mistaking me for a system administrator who cares deeply about views and joins. The database works for StarOffice have changed in this version and I was rather alarmed at the prospect of learning a new system, but the instructions were quite nice and I had no trouble at all linking to my Access databases.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a supplement to the existing StarOffice manual, which is small and does not cover enough. This book also has many excellent illustrations while the StarOffice manual has almost no pictures.
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