Function bar

Directly below the menu bar in a default setup is the function bar, which you can remove at any time by using the View menu. This series of icons allows you single-click access to the most commonly used File and Edit features, among others. Table 17-2 lays out, from left to right, what you find on the default Function bar. The extensible items can all be opened to show a further set of options.

Table 17-2

The OpenOffice.org Writer Function

Bar, from Left to Right

Button or Item

What You Can Do

Extensible?

New

Open new documents of various types.

Yes

Open File

Open an existing file for reading or editing.

No

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Table 17-2 (continued)

Button or Item

What You Can Do

Extensible?

Save Document

Save the current document. If you haven't saved No this document before, the Save As dialog box opens.

Edit File

Edit the displayed Web page.

No

Export Directly as PDF

Opens a Save As dialog box with PDF selected as the file type.

No

Print File Directly

Send a file to the default printer.

No

Cut

Remove the selected text from the document and save it in memory.

No

Copy

Make a copy of the selected document text and save it in memory.

No

Paste

Place the text from memory into the document at the cursor's current location.

No

Undo

Undo the last change you made to the document.

Yes

Redo

Reinstate the last change to the document after using Undo to cancel it.

Yes

Navigator On/Off

Open or close the Navigator window, which allows you to jump to specific features within your document.

No

Stylist On/Off

Open or close the Paragraph Styles window, which allows you to select the particular style to apply to selected text.

No

Hyperlink Dialog

Open or close a dialog box that you can use to build complex hyperlinks.

No

Gallery

Open or close a dialog box that provides access to clip art.

No

Zoom

Alter how large the document shows on your screen.

The object bar is directly below the function bar in a default OpenOffice.org setup. As usual, you can remove the object bar at any time by using the View menu. This series of icons allows you to click buttons and expand drop-down list boxes that represent standard word-processing functions, such as styles, fonts, font sizes, and formatting instructions. Most features on this bar are identical to what you see in most modern word processors. The button for paragraph background formatting is the only one that's particularly unusual.

Object bar

The object bar is directly below the function bar in a default OpenOffice.org setup. As usual, you can remove the object bar at any time by using the View menu. This series of icons allows you to click buttons and expand drop-down list boxes that represent standard word-processing functions, such as styles, fonts, font sizes, and formatting instructions. Most features on this bar are identical to what you see in most modern word processors. The button for paragraph background formatting is the only one that's particularly unusual.

This toolbar actually changes depending on what you're doing. If your cursor is within a table, for example, then the object bar contains useful buttons for working with tables.

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