LibreOffice is one of the software packages most comprehensive office today. It is open source, completely free and available on multiple platforms within everyone’s reach. It is designed to be compatible with most documents from other office packages, including the ultra popular Microsoft Office.
What was born from the bifurcation of OpenOffice quickly became one of the favorite programs in the Free Software community. LibreOffice is the default office suite in many Linux distributions, but it is not limited to this platform. You can use it on Mac OS, Windows and already has a document viewer for Android. Whether you’re new to the platform, or want to learn to make maximum use, now we offer a long series of tricks to LibreOffice that will surely be useful.
Unless you have a computer with very little, but very little RAM, you’ll want to apply this setting right away. To help LibreOffice load faster and run smoother in general, there is the option to assign more memory.
From any application, open the menu Tools and then select Options. Or what is the same, press the ALT + F12 key. In the menu on the right under section, LibreOffice choose the option memory.
Now change to 128 (you can use a higher number even if you want) the number of MB in the option Use LibreOffice. And, in Memory per object increases the number to 12 MB.
In the same section LibreOffice, you can choose the option Advanced and uncheck the use of a Java runtime environment. Unless you use LibreOffice Base, you do not need Java.
Organize your toolbars
LibreOffice lets you customize very well the tools you prefer and the position in which you want to use them. You cannot just drag and toolbars move up, down, right or left, but can complaisance and turn them into windows.
If you press the CTRL key and double – clicking on an empty part of a taskbar, you can detach it from the application window and move it to your whim. If you repeat the process, you can re-anchor it.
Learn keyboard shortcuts
Knowing key combinations to perform actions faster never comes bad. Instead of making several clicks and having to move a hand from the keyboard to take the mouse, we can memorize some basic tasks and start saving time.
Change the default document format
Being a free software application makes sense that LibreOffice save your files in an open format. By default your documents are saved with the extension ODT (documents), ODS (spreadsheets) and ODP (pretensions).
This can be a hassle if you constantly work with other people edit documents or need to review, especially considering that most people use Microsoft Office.
To change the format in which LibreOffice saves each new document, open the menu Tools and select Options at the end of the list. In the menu on the right select Load / save. From there you can choose the format to save as per document type. You can also turn off the warning that appears every time you save a document in an unopened format. Pretty annoying.
Take advantage of extensions
LibreOffice knows how to do many things, but for others you will need extensions. Some of these are already included in the basic program, but in the center extensions online can find many more.
To install an extension, download the package and then go to LibreOffice. Click Tools, then Extensions Manager. Now click on the button Add and browse your files until you find the downloaded package. Select the file and wait for the installation to complete. The valid extension of LibreOffice extensions is OXT.
Use the Thesaurus
Those familiar with office programs often know what the Thesaurus is and what it does. However, few people use it. This tool is very useful for those who write, it is like a great little helper that suggests synonyms for any word that is written in your document.
All you have to do is select the word and press CTRL + F7 and Thesaurus will offer several options to replace it. It works with all the languages that you have installed in LibreOffice.
The autocorrection function can become one of your favorites and a tool that saves you a lot of time. If the first time you use LibreOffice active the collection of words the program will learn what you write can offer more accurate suggestions autocomplete,.
Open the menu Tools, select AutoCorrect and click AutoCorrect Options. In the tab Completeness of words sure to check “Enable word completion” and “Collect words.” The maximum of entries is usually set at 1000, if you are someone who writes a lot, I recommend raising it a little more.
LibreOffice also lets you customize a little the appearance of the program. The default icon pack is Tango, and has been the same for years. To many we find it rather dated and even ugly. Luckily, we have a few alternatives that come ready to apply with the base program.
Open the Tools menu, go to Options and paragraph LibreOffice select the option View. In addition to there are six different icon styles, you can also adjust the scale and size of these. My favorite is “Breeze”.
Take advantage of the Browser
Especially useful when working with documents of great length and with many different types of elements, the LibreOffice Browser lets you scroll easily and efficiently through a document.
You can use it as a sidebar, or as a floating window. Open the View menu and select Browser almost at the end. You can also open it with the F5 key. You can attach it to the editor window by dragging it to a space where on the sides. The Navigator organizes your document into sections, and makes a complete map with shortcuts.
Move in multiple languages
Few things are as annoying as writing a document and when you enter a word in a different language, it is automatically marked as an error. The self – correcting however can be educated to distinguish the difference between something and something bad written in another language.
If you have a paragraph in a different language to the rest of the document, highlight the text, click on Tools and then Language. From there you can choose language for paragraph, or all text selection. Of course, you must have the language pack installed. Goodbye insufferable red lines.
Edit PDF documents
Perhaps you did not know, but LibreOffice Draw is excellent when importing a PDF document and edit its contents. What was once a headache, in the latest versions of the office suite, is quite comfortable?
You can edit text, images, position of items and more. At the end, you can save your document in an open format, or easily export to PDF again.Tags: LibreOffice