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File menu in Writer
New (sub-menu:): Highlighting this item reveals a sub-menu with 11 different types of documents that can be created.
Open: Click this to launch an open dialog where you can search your hard drive and drives to connected to your computer for documents that you want to open. Click here to see an image and further description of opening documents.
Open Remote: This opens a Remote Files dialog that allows you to access documents on a remote server, such as Google Drive and SharePoint. Click here to learn more about Remote Files.
Recent Documents (sub-menu): This is a list of up to 25 most recently opened documents. Click the desired one to open it.
Close: This closes the current document but leaves LibreOffice open. Any other documents will remain open.
Wizards (sub-menu): These launch dialogs that guide you through steps to create a document.
Templates (sub-menu): Templates are documents from which other documents can be created from. Styles and formatting are applied to the new document.
Reload: Clicking this will revert the document to the point right after the last time it was saved. All the changes made since then will be undone.
Versions: This item allows you to save copies of a document at different points in its editing history. It only works with documents in ODT format, not DOCX or other formats.
Save: This saves the document. The item is the same in all the applications. There are several options when you save a document for the first time.
Save Remote: This launches a dialog that allows you to choose an online service to save the document.
Save As: This allows you to make a copy of a document. You can give it a new name, different, format, and save it in a new location. After you click the Save button in the dialog, you will be working in the new document.
Save a Copy: This allows you to make a copy of a document. You can give it a new name, different, format, and save it in a new location. After you click the Save button in the dialog, the new document will be saved, but you will be returned to the original document.
Save All: This saves every open LibreOffice document, regardless of whether it is a text, spreadsheet, or other type of document.
Export: This feature is similar to Save As and Save a Copy, except it makes a copy of the document in a standard format that can be opened by a variety of applications, not just LibreOffice or Microsoft Office.
Export As (sub-menu)
Export as PDF: This launches a PDF Options dialog with six tabs of settings that allows you to control the features of the document when it will be in PDF format, such as its layout and security.
Export Directly as PDF: This is similar to Save As and Save a Copy. It makes a copy of a document in PDF format. It is a quicker exportation than the Export as PDF.
Export as EPUB: This launches an EPUB dialog that lets you set the version and split method for the document when it is in EPUB format.
Export Directly as EPUB: This is like the Export Directly as PDF feature. A dialog opens, allowing you to name and choose a location for the new document. It will be saved in the EPUB format.
E-mail Document: This launches the new message box in your default Email client. It attaches the document to the message in its current format.
E-mail as OpenDocument Text: This launches the new message box in your default Email client. The document will be attached in an OpenDocument Text, regardless of the format the document is currently in.
E-mail as Microsoft Word: This launches the new message box in your default Email client. The document will be attached in the Microsoft Office formats that were the predecessors to the Office Open XML ones, regardless of the format the document is currently in.
E-mail as PDF: This launches the PDF Options dialog that is launched when you Export as PDF. Clicking Send in the dialog will attach it as a PDF to a message in your default E-mail client.
To MediaWiki: Publish documents to a media wiki server with item.
Send via Bluetooth: Send documents to a phone, tablet, or another computer without saving the file to wires and without a file hosting service.
Print Preview: This shows the document how it will look on paper.There are several settings in this view.
Print: This launches a dialog that allows you to control how the document will be output on paper.
Printer Settings: Clicking this launches a dialog with information about printers connected to your computer. Choose the desired printer from the drop-down menu and click the Options button to make changes to that printer’s settings.
Digital Signatures (sub-menu):
Digital Signatures: This launches a Digital Signatures that guides you through the process of signing a document. It also allows you to see a list of signed documents.
Sign Existing PDF:
Properties: This launches a dialog with seven tabs that have information about the document. Several of them also have fields and checkboxes.
Exit LibreOffice: This closes all documents and stops LibreOffice from running.