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Raspberry Pi For Dummies by Mike Cook, Sean McManus

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Writing Letters in LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice Writer is a word processor, similar to Microsoft Word on Windows, which makes it the perfect application to use to write a letter.

It can open Microsoft Word files, in fact, and its default file format, the ODF Text Document (a .odt file), can be opened and saved by Word too. For anything but the most basic files, you’re likely to experience some corruption of the document’s appearance when you open a Word document in LibreOffice, however. You probably won’t have the same fonts on your Raspberry Pi, for example, and more advanced layouts tend to get distorted.

Figure 6-2 shows LibreOffice Writer in action. If you’ve used other word processing packages, it won’t take you long to find your feet here. The icons are similar to those used in Microsoft Office, and if you hover over an icon, a tooltip appears to tell you what it does.

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Figure 6-2: Writing a letter with LibreOffice.

You can change the text appearance and the style using the icons and options in the menu bars above your document, and then type onto the page using your chosen formatting in the document. Alternatively, you can click and drag to highlight text in your document and then click the menu bar to apply different formatting to your selected text.

The pull-down menus at the top of the screen provide access to all of LibreOffice Writer’s features. Browsing them is ...

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