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Posted: 28 Sep 2007
 

Novell Connection Magazine: Exploring OpenOffice.org Calc
by BrainStorm, Inc.
Novell Connection Magazine - September 2007

Here's an excerpt:

If you've been following along with this series, you know that we're now in the trenches of OpenOffice.org and that I'm no longer a newbie. In fact, I'm feeling pretty comfortable in the world of OpenOffice. But, if you're new to OpenOffice.org or just curious what it's like to explore this compelling and arguably superior alternative to Microsoft Office, you might want to back up and get your bearings. (See Background Basics.)

Having already explored the basic features of Writer and Impress, I'm now moving into the spreadsheet world with Calc. But, since I was never an accountant and prefer to balance my checkbook with a pencil, paper and a calculator, my exposure to any spreadsheet program, including OpenOffice.org Calc has been minimal. So, before we get into the bigger issues of functions and formatting, I first want to explore this strange new world of cells and sums.

> At First Glance
Like most casual spreadsheet users, the spreadsheet program I've used is OpenOffice.org's Microsoft counterpart, Excel. In fact, in some ways, I've even gotten used to the way Excel works. I know a few shortcut keys and I know how to use simple functions and formatting, such as freezing cells. So, when I first opened up OpenOffice.org Calc, I wasn't surprised to learn that Calc looked very similar to Excel. In fact, most OpenOffice.org Calc users (besides accountants or other spreadsheet power users) say Calc is the most similar to its Microsoft reflection; however, those who are used to using Excel might find a few things are different. Here's an outline of some of the differences you might encounter.

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