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Layout with OpenOffice.Org Math

There’s nothing like trying to type a math or science report and having to either use multiple lines to show your equations (which never looks right!) or write them by hand. OpenOffice.org Math is a great solution to this problem. You can lay out your equations and more in this program and then insert them into any of your OpenOffice.org documents. Whether you’re a middle-school student or a professional engineer, OpenOffice.org Math just may thrill you.

Many OpenOffice.org Math functions are different from what you’re used to if you have looked at all the other OpenOffice.org programs. However, in many ways this program is less complex than some, thanks to its special-purpose nature. Keep in mind that it’s not a calculation program. It’s for laying out complex formulas on paper or the screen.

Before you proceed, take a look at the GUI layout shown in Figure 12-11.

Figure 12-11. The OpenOffice.org Math layout.

Close the Selection dialog box by clicking the small X in the upper-right corner of its window for now, to keep things as uncluttered as possible. You can get it back at any time by choosing ViewSelection.

Menu bar

Along the top of the window is the menu bar, a standard in the GUI world no matter which operating system ...

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