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    "Just great for normal everyday use or professionals"

    July 27, 2012  |   By WannaBteacher

    Pros

    I've used OpenOffice when I was in college to help get my papers/essays done at least those that were lengthy or complicated. I loved all the features that matched Microsoft. The programs that ran on my university computers mostly used Microsoft office and dream weaver. Since I couldn't afford to buy MS Office, I was very happy to have found OpenOffice. I was very much a nuby with this kind of word program, and I never did quite get the hang of everything. However, it didn't crash or stall as often as some of the others that I was using at the time also.

    Cons

    Getting the tool bar buttons out and used is quite complicated. They don't seem to be that clear as to what they represent. It's very slow opening at least on my G4 iBook.

    Summary

    This is a very powerful word program. Although it's good for everyday use, I think it's more for professional people/office workers. It's packed with everything under the sun just about. It takes a very long time to learn how to navigate around w/this application. It was helpful and very useful for me while I was in college as I often times had to write lengthy papers as an education major. I had many drafts and rewrites. As a grad student, part of my education was to be able to use and navigate around the internet and use the computer in an efficient manner. I'm glad that OpenOffice allowed me to "practice" using things that I don't normally use everyday like inserting links or anchors, placing frames or place holders,using tables etc. For an application that rivals MS Word and it's free, I say, it's well worth getting to know how and how to use this application.

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