Office Productivity

This section takes you to articles and tutorials which will help you use common office productivity software such as MS Word and Excel. You will also find information on Open Source alternatives to mainstream commercial software.

 

Office Productivity

Introduction

This section takes you to articles and tutorials which will  help you use common office productivity software such as MS Word and Excel. You  will also find information on Open Source alternatives to mainstream commercial  software, and links to software sites.

Computer Basics -  Office productivity software

GetOpenOffice.org

Developed by: Solveig Haugland Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

Users' guides, training materials, templates, and information about  OpenOffice.org. Some resources are free, and some can be purchased from  GetOpenOffice.org.

Dhttp://www.getopenoffice.org/


Open Source - General

OpenICDL

Developed by: Go-Open Campaign / ICDL Foundation Africa Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

\"OpenICDL is an open source project that aims to develop and maintain a  Free/Open Source version of the training materials used to ready students for  the International Computer Driving License certification.\" Materials cover  Basic Concepts of IT, Using a Computer and Managing Files (K Desktop  Environment), Word Processing (OpenOffice.org Writer), Spreadsheets  (OpenOffice.org Calc), Databases (OpenOffice DB), Presentations (OpenOffice.org  Impress) and Information and Communications (Mozilla 1.4 and Ximian Evolution  1.4). Materials are available in HTML and PDF versions.

Dhttp://icdl.tsf.org.za/courseware.html


Office Productivity - Open  Source

Tutorials for Open Office

Developed by: Tutorials for Open Office Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Web site with free learning tutorials on installing OpenOffice and using  OpenOffice applications. Concise and brief instructions for self-learners and  teachers.

Dhttp://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/


OpenOffice.org

Developed by: OpenOffice.org Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Open Source office productivity suite.

Dhttp://www.openoffice.org/


OpenOffice.org Forum

Developed by: OpenOffice.org Forum Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Discussion boards including Oo Setup and Troubleshooting ; OOo Writer;  OpenOffice.org Calc; OOo Impress; OOo Draw and OOo Math. A great place to get  your questions answered.

Dhttp://www.oooforum.org/


Free Software for Busy People

Developed by: Mohammad Al-Ubaydli Type of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This site not only features an easy-to-read online book entitled "Free  Software for Busy People", it provides free software use scenarios from a  primary school teacher, a city mayor, an arab teacher, and a family physician.  With these busy people as examples the site highlights a broad range of  practical skills and gives readers insight to the vast possibility provided by  free software tools. Learn how the city mayor uses "Civic Space" for her  campaigns, how the family doctor uses "OpenEMR" to keep track of her patient  registry, or how the Arab teacher uses Openoffice.org in Arabic, and plays  games.

Dhttp://freedomsoftware.info/


Microsoft PowerPoint versus OpenOffice.org Impress

Developed by: Bruce Byfield Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article looks at the similarities and differences you can expect when  moving over from Microsoft PowerPoint to OpenOffice.org Impress.

Dhttp://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/12/02/1 544200


Microsoft Word Modules

Developed by: Internet4Classrooms Type of resource: Web  tutorials Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Internet4Classrooms offers a long list of modules on using MS Word, from  basic to advanced levels.

Dhttp://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line_word.ht m


MMTK OpenOffice.org training materials

Developed by: APC Type of resource: PDF files and  OpenOffice.org files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

This workshop kit offers materials which trainers can use as the basis of  face-to-face workshops. Topics covered include OpenOffice.org Writer and  OpenOffice.org Impress.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/open source.shtml


MS Word 2000 and OpenOffice.org 1.03

Developed by: Bruce Byfield Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Table comparing MS Word and OpenOffice.org Writer features and commands; also  useful as a quick reference for users who have just moved over to Writer.

Dhttp://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/pdfs/ooo-msword- table.pdf


NGO-in-a-box: Open Publishing Edition

Developed by: Tactical Tech Type of resource: Software and  web guides Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"The Open Publishing Edition of NGO-in-a-box is a toolkit of Free and Open  Source software, tutorials and guides for producing, publishing and distributing  content."

Dhttp://openpublishing.ngoinabox.org/


Opening Up to OpenOffice.org: Finding an Alternative to Microsoft  Word

Developed by: TECHWR-L Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article by Bruce Byfield will be particularly useful for advanced MS  Word users who are considering moving over to OpenOffice.org Writer.

Dhttp://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/magazine/technic al/openofficewriter.html


Taming OpenOffice.org Writer

Developed by: Jean Weber Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Fee

A comprehensive guide to using the OpenOffice word processing software,  including tips for moving from MSWord to OpenOffice. The guide is "shareware",  which means that you can download it free of charge, but you should pay a small  fee to the developer if you decide to keep it.

Dhttp://www.taming-openoffice-org.com/writer/wpayme .htm


The KOffice Project

Developed by: K development team Type of resource: Office  suite Target audience: General Cost: Free access

KOffice is a free, integrated office suite for KDE, the K Desktop  Environment.

Dhttp://www.koffice.org/


The wide world of Linux word processors

Developed by: Jem Matzan Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article compares the main word processors - both open source and  proprietary - available for GNU/Linux, and looks at what you need to take into  account when choosing a word processor.

Dhttp://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/12/02/1 544200


LearnOpenOffice.org

Developed by: learnopenoffice.org Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

These courses in html and flash offered by LearnOpenOffice.org provide easy  step-by-step instruction in the use of Openoffice Impress for multia media  presentations and OpenOffice Calc for basic and advanced use of spread sheets.  The tutorials are available for online navigation and in the case of Impress, a  flash-movie presentation takes you through the tutorial with narrated audio and  visuals, allowing a quick and extensive overview of the office productivity  tool. Rather than describing features one by one, each tutorial is based on a  \"real world example\" to demonstrate how OpenOffice is used to problem-solve.  Trainers will find this tutorial method of interest, as well as the sample files  which accompany the tutorial. In order to see the full set of materials,  however, you must register at no cost.

Dhttp://www.learnopenoffice.org/tutorials.htm


Office Productivity -  Microsoft

Editor's choice: Word: Collaboration

Developed by: Rutgers University Type of resource: Web  guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Brief guide to MS Word's collaborative tools (such as change tracking,  versioning and commenting).

Dhttp://getit.rutgers.edu/tutorials/word_collaborat ion/index.html


Ask Mr. Excel

Developed by: Mr. Excel Type of resource: Message  Boards Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A website with active English and Spanish message boards on Microsoft Excel  software, a place where people can post questions and have them answered by  other users.

Dhttp://www.mrexcel.com/index.html


Basic MS Word

Developed by: Community Organisers Toolbox Type of  resource: Website Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

A basic introduction to MSWord, written as part of the Community Organiser's  Tool box. It is written for people who have not used the programme before and  has very basic information about the keyboard and MSWORD. If you have taught  yourself to use MSWORD, it may also be useful to you.

Dhttp://www.etu.org.za/toolbox/docs/it/webmsword.ht ml


Jamani's Guide to Computers Part III: MS Word Basics

Developed by: Jamani Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Simple and easy to use manuals on basic computer  use for persons without computer experience: Part III: MS Word Basics

Dhttp://www.jamani.nl/static/Part3.pdf


Jamani's Guide to Computers Part IV: MS Excel Basics

Developed by: Jamani Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Simple and easy to use manuals on basic computer  use for persons without computer experience: Part IV: MS Excel Basics

Dhttp://www.jamani.nl/static/Part4.pdf


Lynchburg College Tutorials

Developed by: Lynchburg College, Virginia, USA Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

Links to several tutorials including: Access 97, Excel 97, Excel 2000,  FrontPage 98 Editor, FrontPage 2000, Outlook 98, PowerPoint 97, PowerPoint 2000,  Publisher 2000.

Dhttp://www.officetutorials.com/


Microsoft Excel Tips from ExcelTip.com

Developed by: Joseph Rubin Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Tips and tricks for Microsoft Excel 97 / 2000 / 2002 from expert users.

Dhttp://www.exceltip.com/


Microsoft Word Tutorial

Developed by: BayCon Group Type of resource: Online  Tutorial Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Online tutorial for Microsoft Word 97. This tutorial teaches Microsoft Word  basics and has an extensive section on tables.

Dhttp://www.baycongroup.com/wlesson0.htm


The PowerPoint FAQ

Developed by: RDP Type of resource: FAQ Target  audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

PowerPoint Help, Templates, Tips, Add-ins, How-Tos, Links and much more. A  comprehensive resource for advanced users, PowerPoint trainers. Includes  information on using PowerPoint in the classroom.

Dhttp://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/


Tips for Understanding Styles in Word 2002

Developed by: Microsoft Type of resource: Web  guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access

What "styles" are, how they work, and how to use them in your Word documents.  Although written for Word 2002, these tips are relevant to all MS Word  users.

Dhttp://www.microsoft.com/office/previous/xp/column s/column14.asp


Training Downloads

Developed by: Training Downloads Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Fee

Provides links to several downloadable lessons for Office 97, 2000 and XP, as  well as HTML and Windows. Starter courses are free, full courses are available  for a fee.

Dhttp://www.trainingdownloads.com/


Using Styles and Templates in MS Word 2000

Developed by: University of Durham Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Excellent introduction to using styles and templates in MS Word. A number of  other guides on using MS Office products are available in this series of guides from the  University of Durham's Information Technology Services.

Dhttp://www.dur.ac.uk/its/info/guides/119Styles2000 .pdf


Office Productivity - PDF

Adobe Acrobat & PDF Basics

Developed by: PDFZone.com Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A brief introduction to Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).

Dhttp://www.pdfzone.com/resources/PDF_FAQ/aboutacro bat.asp


Pdf995

Developed by: Software995 Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The pdf995 suite includes three programs to help you create, manage and  publish Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. The free versions display a  sponsor page in your web browser each time you run the software. If you would  prefer not to see sponsor pages, you may upgrade by obtaining individual license  keys for each product at any time for $9.95 each. A suite license for all three  products is also available for $19.95. Licensing also entitles you to technical  support (response within 24-hours) via e-mail.

Dhttp://www.pdf995.com/


Visagesoft PDF tools

Developed by: visagesoft Type of resource: Software Target audience: General Cost: Fee

Two products from visagesoft offer a cost-effective way of producing PDF  files. Easy PDF (which is free for individual and non-profit users) is a WYSIWYG  tool for creating PDF documents; eXPert PDF is a printer driver for generating  PDF documents from any application.

Dhttp://www.visagesoft.com/easypdf/

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