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LibreOffice Writer Powerful Free Word Processor Alternative to Microsoft Word

Nearly everyone that uses a computer has a need for word processing software at some point. Why pay for expensive software when there's a full-featured, free alternative? The LibreOffice suite contains programs for word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentations. This course focuses solely on the word processing component, Writer.

While Writer is a powerful and capable word processor, the documentation for using it is sketchy at best. In this course, I explain how to use the most common features so you don't have to wade through the confusing manual.

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I'm the author of the Sonrise Stable series of horse books for children. LibreOffice Writer is one program that I use in my workflow for creating those books. 

I'm a member of an online writers group. I save my files from LibreOffice Writer in Microsoft Word's docx format and submit them to the group for critiquing. I'm also able to read files from group members who are using Word. The exchange works flawlessly with LibreOffice Writer.

For most operations, the software is quite intuitive and easy to use. Development is active and ongoing. As new features are added to the program, I'll expand the course by adding videos covering those changes.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Getting Started
Lecture 1: Course Overview & Video Checklist PDF
video
Lecture 2: Install LibreOffice on Windows
video
Lecture 3: Install LibreOffice on a Mac
video
Lecture 4: Using LibreOffice on the Raspberry Pi
video
Section 2: Word Processing Basics
Lecture 5: LibreOffice Writer Overview
video
Lecture 6: Create, Open, and Save Files; File Formats
video
Lecture 7: Cut, Copy, Paste; Paste Unformatted Text
video
Lecture 8: Applying Direct (Manual) Formatting to Text
video
Lecture 9: Using Find, Find & Replace; Repositioning Toolbars
video
Lecture 10: Find & Replace, Change Character Case; Straight vs. Curly Quotation Marks
video
Section 3: Working With Lists
Lecture 11: Bulleted & Numbered Lists
video
Lecture 12: List Practice - Creating an Essay Outline
video
Section 4: Heading Styles
Lecture 13: Applying and Updating Heading Styles
video
Lecture 14:The Navigator Panel and Headings
video
Section 5: Working With Images
Lecture 15: Insert an Image, Linked vs Embedded Images
video
Lecture 16: Resizing & Moving Images, Insert by Drag & Drop and Copy & Paste
video
Lecture 17: Image Anchors and Text Wrapping
video
Lecture 18: Contour Wrapping an Image
video
Lecture 19: Image Right-click Menu & Properties Dialog
video
Lecture 20: Image Filter Effects
video
Section 6: Mid Course Recap
Lecture 21: Practice Previous Concepts by Formatting the Hymns Document
video
Lecture 22: Mid Course Recap pt. 2
video
Section 7: Shapes, Graphics and FontWorks
Lecture 23: Introduction to Shapes
video
Lecture 24: Shape Text and Connectors
video
Lecture 25: Gallery Graphics
video
Lecture 26: Fontworks pt. 1
video
Lecture 27: Fontworks pt. 2
video
Section 8: Printing, Updating the Software, Format Painter
Lecture 28: Printing a Document
video
Lecture 29: Updating LibreOffice
video
Lecture 30: Format Painter, Clone Formatting
video
Section 9: Working With Styles
Lecture 31: Introduction to Styles
video
Lecture 32: Styles Hierarchy
video
Lecture 33: Editing Styles
video
Lecture 34: Applying Styles
video
Lecture 35: Creating Custom Styles
video
Lecture 36: Image Styles
video
Section 10: Page Numbering and References
Lecture 37: Page Numbering
video
Lecture 38: Headers
video
Lecture 39: Footnotes and Endnotes
video
Lecture 40: Auto Chapter Numbering
video
Lecture 41: Adding a Table of Contents
video
Lecture 42: Adding an Index
video
Section 11: Tables, Boxes, and Frames
Lecture 43: Inserting Text Boxes
video
Lecture 44: Working With Frames
video
Lecture 45: Creating and Formatting a Table
video
Section 12: Spelling, Grammar, and Collaboration
Lecture 46: Spellchecking, Grammar, Thesaurus
video
Lecture 47: Tracking Changes
video
Lecture 48: Wizards and Templates
video
Lecture 49: File Versions and Properties
video
Section 13: Options, Customization, and Experimental Features
Lecture 50: Options and Toolbar/Menu Customization
video
Lecture 51: Experimental Features
video

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at vicki@vickiwatson.com.

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It's the best course ever