Category: Microsoft Office

LibreOffice Calc, Microsoft Excel bury insert rows and columns feature

Spreadsheet applications are not used as much as word processors, but they are used for just as diverse purposes. Grocery shoppers can use them to create lists. Financial managers use them to create charts from data showing forecasts for organizations. There are many other users and uses.

Though people from diverse walks of life use spreadsheets differently, they all typically perform some of the same functions. These include adding and deleting columns and rows.

This article compares how these are done in LibreOffice Calc to how they are done in Microsoft Excel 2016 for Windows.

While these to spreadsheet applications are considered to be the most powerful and feature-rich applications. However, they are not as user-friendly as some other popular spreadsheets, when it comes to adding or deleting rows and columns.

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Paragraph settings increase list adjustment capabilities in Word, Writer

Most word processors treat different styles such as headings and titles as paragraphs. Lists are no different. Many of these applications make the individual points lists.

This means that, while most word processors have special settings for lists and their points, their settings for paragraphs also can be applied to lists and their points. Paragraph settings can be used to indent the left and right sides of a list item. There are also settings to add space above or below an item.

In LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word for Windows users can use their various paragraph settings to make adjustments to lists and their items. Both have Paragraph dialogs with similar settings. Their other settings is what sets the two word processors apart from each other.

This article will focus on the settings for indentation and spacing before and after paragraphs in Word and Writer.

Writer’s other indentation and paragraph spacing settings are in the Formatting toolbar and the Properties tab of the sidebar. Like the settings in the dialog, these icons will affect individual bullet and number points.

In Word, they are in the Paragraph section of the Home ribbon. These icons, unlike the Paragraph dialog settings, only affect the entire list. They do not make adjustments to individual items. Read more

Rearrange lists easily in Writer; Edit them with Word’s advanced settings

Lists have many styles, and many word processors have multiple settings for them. Severalof them give you tools and settings to indent and align bullet and number points.

The two word processors that are the most feature rich, LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, have many of the same settings for lists. They give users a lot of control over aligning and indenting points in those lists.

These settings can work on simple lists, with only one level of numbers or bullets. However, the dialogs for the lists are designed for multilevel lists, that have a combination of numbers and bullets.

Though many of their setting features are the same, Writer and Word have advantages over the other. This article will cover the tools both have for aligning and editing lists and discuss the advantages each one has over the other.

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LibreOffice allows for quicker table modification than Word

Tables are one of the most integral parts of a document. Common advice is to plan a table, so you know how many columns and rows you need.

However, many times you receive more data and need to add rows. Data parameters also change, so you need to add columns and create new categories.

Documents are also designed with tables. When designs need to change columns and rows in those tables also will need to change.

Most word processors offer easy ways to add columns and rows to tables.This article will examine how to add columns and rows in LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows are inserted or deleted.

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Word gives table designers many more options than LibreOffice

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Tables have been part of word processors for decades. They are useful for breaking up a wall of text with a graphic element. They are good for taking data from a report or another document and making it easy to find.

They are also used for document design. You can make a complex layout for a page by creating a table. However, most word processors have other tools, such as text boxes, for laying out a page and document.

Two of the most robust word processors are Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Writer. Both allow for the creation of complex tables.

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LibreOffice makes it easy for programmers by allowing macros to be written in four languages

The best macros are not recorded through the user interface of an application. They are hard coded through the application’s coding interface.

In the last blog, I compared recording macros in LibreOffice to doing the same in Microsoft Office. In this article we will compare how each one handles macros in general.

Most Microsoft power users are familiar with macros in Office. The famous office suite uses Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). It has been part of it for two decades, being based on Visual Basic 6.0.

LibreOffice, by default, uses LibreOffice Basic, an open-source scripting language that was taken from OpenOffice.org. Most programmers are not familiar with this language, so LibreOffice uses other languages that are familiar to many programmers.

The open-source suite uses JavaScript, Python, and BeanShell to create macros in addition to LibreOffice Basic.

This article will focus on creating new macros in LibreOffice and the Windows and Mac versions of Microsoft Office.

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LibreOffice more flexible than Microsoft Office for macros

A macro is an instruction into a set of instructions to perform a particular task. There are actually two ways to create macros in both office suites.

Macros allow you to perform and automate various functions in a document. Those functions can either be natively performed through a feature built into the application or they can introduce a new feature.

The simple way is to record a macro with an icon in the ribbon or by clicking the record item in one of the menus. The more complex way is to write code.

Many Microsoft Office power users are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). This is the language Office records macros in. VBA is also the only language you can use to manually write macros with.

LibreOffice supports LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell and Python for creating macros. When you click the record button, LibreOffice writes the macro in LibreOffice Basic. To use the other languages, you need to write the code yourself.

This article compares recording macros in Microsoft Office applications and LibreOffice. For Microsoft, it will explain how macros are recorded for the Windows and Mac versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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LibreOffice can compete with Microsoft Office’s new collaborative features

People have been working together on documents generated by office suite applications for decades now. One person would create the document and write his part before sending it to his colleagues, so she could create her part and make comments on his.

In the past 10 years, this collaboration has happened in real-time. Google’s office suite made it popular and easy for students, colleagues, and others to log in to their Google accounts to work on a document. A group of people work on a document, and they can see each other’s changes almost as soon as they are made. This is known as real-time collaboration.

LibreOffice and Microsoft Office have made strides to catch up to the new kid on the block. Both have taken slightly different directions. They allow for multiple people to collaborate on a document.

However, with its past two versions of its office suite, Microsoft has given users the ability to collaborate in real-time, like Google Drive users can do, through its desktop applications. With the 2013 and 2016 versions, users could work with others at the same time from the applications installed on their computers.

The latest versions of LibreOffice still don’t allow for real-time collaboration through its desktop applications, but they now have applications that can be installed on a server. These allow for real-time collaboration.

This article will mainly compare the collaborative features of LibreOffice and three of the applications from Office 2016: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Comparisons will be made with Google Drive as well since it is the office suite that is best known for real-time collaboration, and like the other two, is used by millions of people.

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