Tips & Tricks Archive

OpenOffice crashing on macOS Big Sur? Try LibreOffice

Some Apache OpenOffice users are reporting that version 4.1.8 is crashing on Apple macOS 11.0 (aka “Big Sur” or 10.16) when opening OOXML documents – like .docx and .xlsx. The error message is:

OpenOffice quit unexpectedly

Here’s a video showing how it crashes (WebM version here):

What to do with a document “created by a newer version of OpenOffice”

Are you using Apache OpenOffice? Have you recently tried to open a .odt, .ods or .odp file and received this error message? “This document was created by a newer version of OpenOffice. It may contain features not supported by your current version.

In this case, the document probably wasn’t created in OpenOffice, but

New Beginner LibreOffice Tutorials and Videos from Paul Sutton

LibreOffice’s documentation community creates handbooks, guides, tutorials and other resources to help users get the most out of the software. Everyone is welcome to join the team and help out – it’s a great way to build up experience for a possible career in technical writing!

Paul Sutton is producing a

LibreOffice Tips & Tricks: Replacing Microsoft Fonts

Fonts are one of the main culprits of LibreOffice interoperability problems with Microsoft Office documents, when viewed from the end user’s point of view. In fact, Microsoft Office document are often using one of the default fonts – either the old “Core Fonts for the Web” (deprecated in 2002, but still

LibreOffice Tips & Tricks: Converting 4:3 Slides into 16:9 Slides

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Today, the majority of screens and projectors is using the 16:9 aspect ratio, while in the past has been using the 4:3 aspect ratio. So, many people have a large number of slide decks based on the old 4:3 aspect ratio, which have to

Quick video tutorial: Starting LibreOffice and its modules on Windows 10

Videos created by our community are a great way to spread the word about LibreOffice, and help new users to get the most out of the software. This video, from Harald Berger, summarises the different ways to start LibreOffice 6.4 – and its various modules – under Windows 10: