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OpenOffice.org 1.1.5

OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 is a free, multi-platform office suite. It includes key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program.

Installing OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 on Windows NT/2000/XPSP1/XPSP2

OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 is not difficult to install. However, there are a couple of steps to the installation procedure which differ from what you might expect.
Once you have obtained the software, installation takes place in two distinct phases. The first is performed with administrator rights, placing the installation resource onto your system. The second is then performed for each user individually, providing them with an environment that they can configure to reflect their personal preferences.

Obtaining the Software (Administrator)

OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 works best with Java installed on your system. Hence, you should begin by downloading the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment and installing it onto your system.

Download OpenOffice.org by confirming your choices and saving the file OOo_1.1.5_Win32Intel_install.zip onto the Desktop. Extract the folder OOo_1.1.5_Win32Intel_install from inside the archive onto the desktop by using the built-in functionality of Windows XP or a free utility such as FreeZip. You are now ready to install OpenOffice.org.

Copying the Installation Resource (Administrator)

From the Start menu, choose Run and browse to open Setup inside the OOo_1.1.5_Win32Intel_install folder on your Desktop.

Append -net to the string in the Open field:

"C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\
OOo_1.1.5_Win32Intel_install\setup.exe" -net

Click OK to start the installation script and follow the on-screen instructions. When prompted, chose to perform a Standard Installation. In the Java Setup dialogue, select the Java Runtime Environment.

Click Complete to finish the first phase of your OpenOffice.org installation.

Setting Up the OpenOffice.org Environment (User)

Find the OpenOffice.org1.1.5 folder inside the Program Files folder on your C: drive.

Double-click OpenOffice.org Setup inside the OpenOffice.org1.1.5 folder to begin setting up the user environment.

Click Next to start the installation script and follow the on-screen instructions. When prompted, chose to perform a Workstation Installation.

Select the file types Microsoft Word Documents, Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets and Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations. If you prefer to use alternative software, deselect the option to use OpenOffice.org Writer/Web as the Default HTML editor.

Click Complete to finish the second phase of your OpenOffice.org installation.

Adjusting the Menu Fonts (User)

In OpenOffice.org 1.1.5, you can easily adjust the menu fonts to blend in with your system wide settings. This example uses Tahoma, which is the default on Windows:

Open OpenOffice.org and go to Tools > Options.
In the Options box, expand the OpenOffice.org section and select Fonts.

Select Apply Replacement Table and enter AndaleSans UI into the Font field.

Enter Tahoma into the Replace field and confirm your choices with the green tick button to the right.

In the replacement table, select Always and Screen for AndaleSans UI.

Click OK to apply your changes.

Creating a Desktop Icon

If you would like to use a desktop icon to launch OpenOffice.org 1.1.5, follow these simple steps:

Find the Program folder inside the OpenOffice.org1.1.5 folder inside the Program Files folder on your C: drive.

Right-click soffice inside the Program folder and from the context menu select Create Shortcut.

Choose to have the shortcut placed on the desktop. Otherwise move the resulting file from the Program folder to the desktop.

Rename Shortcut to soffice to OpenOffice.org and you’re done.
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Adding New Dictionaries Using the AutoPilot

OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 makes it easy to install additional language modules. Follow these simple steps:

Open OpenOffice.org and go to File > AutoPilot > Install New Dictionaries.

Select the language in which you would like to interact with the installation wizard and click Start DicOOo.

If you are logged into your system as an administrator and wish to install the language modules system wide, chose Administrator Setup. Otherwise select Current User Setup. Click Next to proceed. Please note that installation of Thesaurus dictionaries can only take place if you select Administrator Setup.

Follow the on-screen instructions and make your selections from the available Spelling Checker, Hyphenation and Thesaurus dictionaries.

The installation wizard now informs you about the overall size of the required downloads. Click Next to proceed.

After the installation is complete, click Finish to exit the wizard. Close OpenOffice.org.

When next you start OpenOffice.org, the newly installed dictionaries will be available to you as language modules under Tools > Options > Language Settings > Writing Aids.