Open Office Basics – Writer

Yesterday, we downloaded and installed the free Open Office program. Click here to learn more about the program and how to download and install it.

Today, we’ll start exploring the program by using the Writer word processor.  Type Open Office in the search box and click on the results.


The start screen will open.  Click on Text Document.


Or type Open Office Writer in the search box and click on the results.


This screen will open.


This screen should look pretty familiar to you if you’ve been an office user. At the top, you’ll see options like File, Edit, and View.


Writer opens on a blank document. Just click on the screen to start typing.


To open an existing document, click on File at the far-left and choose Open.


Here, I’ve opened a document I created in Word from my OneDrive with no problem.


At the top, you’ll be able to change the font style and size, as well as make style choices like bold, italic, and underline.


You’ll also see familiar options for right-justified, left-justified, or centering as well as numbering and bullet points.


There are options to change the text color, add highlighting, or change the background color.


Tomorrow, I’ll continue our look at Open Office Writer and explore even more features.

2 thoughts on “Open Office Basics – Writer

  1. Hi, Love this option. It seems I’m unable to install Apache Open Office 4.1.6 Win.x86 install. Error message is: this isn’t an app from the MS store. In the app store it’s indicated that the program is ‘unofficial.’ Keeping in mind that it’s not a good idea to install apps of dubious origins, is it ok to download the unofficial version from the app store?

    I have an HP Pavilion, i7 core, 8th generation

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