OpenOffice Gripes

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It’s paper-writing time again, which means I’ve spent many long hours lately with OpenOffice Writer (for now, I’m still using version 2.4). Writer is a great application and a useful tool for getting work done. But there are some components that I continue to find endlessly frustrating, namely…

…The Following List:

1. Page numbering. I defy a single person with no OpenOffice experience to figure out how to add page numbers to a document without consulting documentation. First you have to know how to insert a header–not too hard, but most people aren’t going to guess that headers are a prerequisite to page numbering. Then you have to figure out that page numbers are considered a ‘field’. And if you wanted your numbering to start on the second page or to use Roman instead of Arabic numerals, good luck with that…

2. Default document settings.

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