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Ubuntu® 8.10 Linux® Bible by William von Hagen

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Chapter 17. Other Office Software: Spreadsheets and Presentations

The previous chapter discussed how to create documents on your Ubuntu and Kubuntu systems. Along with surfing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail, writing letters, keeping To Do lists, and working on your novel are probably the most common personal tasks that you'll find yourself doing on your new machine. Word processing is also a fairly critical business task because, although most companies live on e-mail nowadays, there's still always the need for the occasional memo, planning document, and so on.

This chapter discusses the other commonly used and office-related software that's available for your Ubuntu and Kubuntu Linux systems, namely spreadsheets and presentation software. While few people actually need to give presentations on their home computer or to their family (maybe "Next Month's Budget — What It Means to You"?), spreadsheets are a crossover task that is often as important to home users as it is to office workers. If you are working from home or using Ubuntu or Kubuntu on a laptop for business reasons, you may need to create both spreadsheets and presentations, and both Ubuntu and Kubuntu make this easy (well, as easy as it is on any computer system). As you might expect, Ubuntu and Kubuntu systems install slightly different spreadsheet ...

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