OpenOffice

OpenOffice is available on Linux and Solaris systems in the CAE Lab.

Type soffice at a $ prompt to start OpenOffice. If this is the first time you've tried OpenOffice, a dialog box similar to the one below will appear:

OpenOffice Screenshot: Welcome

Click the Next>> button to continue.

Read through the information in the text box; an updated version of this information is available at the OpenOffice website.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Important Information

After reading, click the Next>> button to continue.

Unlike most license agreements you've clicked Agree for without ever reading, the OpenOffice license places almost no restrictions on your use of OpenOffice, only on your redistribution of it. Even the limits on redistribution do not prevent you from downloading OpenOffice, making copies for friends, etc. Authoritative information on OpenOffice licensing is at the OpenOffice.org website.

OpenOffice Screenshot: License

Once you've accepted all the terms of the license agreement, click the Accept button to continue.

Some document templates might want to automatically fill in your name, address, or other personal information when you write a letter or other document. Fill out the items on this page if you want to take advantage of those features. Otherwise, just click the Next>> button to continue.

OpenOffice Screenshot: User Data

Select the Workstation installation type. This will only copy the necessary OpenOffice settings into your home directory.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Installation Type

Click the Next>> button to continue.

The default installation directory should be a directory called OpenOffice.org1.0 in your home directory. A different version of OpenOffice might want to use a slightly different directory, so just use the default value provided.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Installation Directory

Click the Next>> button to continue.

If you need to make any corrections to information you've already entered, click the <<Back button. Otherwise, click the Install button to copy the necessary OpenOffice files to your account.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Start Copying

Most likely, the systems you use OpenOffice on won't have full Java capabilities. This won't affect normal usage of OpenOffice, so click the OK button when OpenOffice detects whether or not you have Java.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Java Support

Now OpenOffice is ready to run. Click the Complete button to exit back to the $ prompt.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Install Complete

Type soffice at the $ prompt again to start up OpenOffice.

The first time you start OpenOffice, you'll be prompted by an Address Book setup wizard. Click the Cancel button to skip over it and start using OpenOffice.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Address Book

The second time you start OpenOffice, you'll be prompted by a voluntary registration dialog. If the Register now option doesn't work, you can register with OpenOffice directly on their website.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Registration

Examples of the various OpenOffice applications can be seen below.

OpenOffice Writer: type soffice or swriter at a $ prompt, or use File / New / Text Document from any OpenOffice application to start.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Writer

OpenOffice Calc: type scalc at a $ prompt, or use File / New / Spreadsheet from any OpenOffice application to start.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Calc

OpenOffice Impress: type simpress at a $ prompt, or use File / New / Presentation from any OpenOffice application to start.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Impress

OpenOffice Draw: type sdraw at a $ prompt, or use File / New / Drawing from any OpenOffice application to start.

OpenOffice Screenshot: Draw