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Office Productivity

Section editor
APC

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.

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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.

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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.

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OpenOffice.org

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

Open Source office productivity suite.

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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.

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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.

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Living without Microsoft

Developed by: John Naughton and Quentin Stafford-Fraser
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This site is for those who, for whatever reason, wish to explore realistic alternatives to using Microsoft software. It provides analyses of various software packages which are as objective as possible and discusses the benefits and problems you are likely to encounter. Not Anti-Gates pro-Linux, just alternatives.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MS Office pdf booklets

Developed by: KnowWareGlobal.com
Type of resource: PDF files
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

PDFs on a variety of basic MS topics.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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UNESCO Free Software Portal

Developed by: UNESCO
Type of resource: Portal
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

The UNESCO Free Software Portal gives access to documents and websites which are refences for the Free Software/Open Source Technology movement. It is also a gateway to software for Communication, Programming, Digital Library, Operating System, Productivity Tools, Science & Education.

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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.

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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).

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actden (Digital Education Network)

Developed by: ACT Labs Ltd.
Type of resource: Tutorials
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Produced in conjunction with Microsoft, actDEN's software tutorials for MS Office products feature animated cartoon characters and are aimed at children and teens, but they cover the basics quite effectively.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Office Productivity - General

Land Grant Training Alliance Online Lessons

Developed by: Land Grant Training Alliance
Type of resource: Online lessons
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Online lessons covering wordprocessing (MS Word and Corel WordPerfect); presentation tools (MS PowerPoint, Corel Presentations, and Lotus Freelance Graphics); spreadsheets and databases (MS Access, MS Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, and Corel Quattro Pro). Other topics covered are teaching through the Web, Web site accessibility, and e-mail beyond the basics.

Although lessons generally do not cover the most recent software versions, they are still useful introductions.

The Land-Grant Training Alliance is an informal, unfunded group of computer education and technology professionals, most of whom are employed by universities within the United States Land-Grant University System.

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TechTutorials

Developed by: TechTutorials
Type of resource: Resource List
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Tutorials are step-by-step exercises that you can follow on your own or in a classroom to learn a new task or software program. TechTutorials is a directory of links to more than 1700 free computer tutorials. To find a tutorial, enter the name of the software program or task you wish to learn more about in the search box at the top of the page, and click on "Go".

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