The OpenOffice Calc Tutorial Series

OpenOffice Calc is one of the software in the OpenOffice.org application suite. Calc is a spreadsheet which is very similar to Microsoft Office’s Excel; in fact, most of the formula and function commands are the same.  In this series, we learn the basics of Calc and explore ways to integrate it in teaching and learning mathematics.  Below are the the list of tentative topics that we will discuss:

  1. The Calc Environment
  2. Data Entry, Editing and Basic Computation
  3. Working with Formulas (Part 1)
  4. Working with Formulas (Part 2)
  5. Formatting and Aesthetics
  6. Charts and Graphs
  7. Basic Statistics
  8. Working with Multiple sheets
OpenOffice.org is the free and open-source equivalent of Microsoft Office.

Creating Online Documents with Google Docs

I have used Google Docs for many years, but I never had the chance to write about it until now.  For those who have not tried the application yet, Google Docs is an online office suite that lets you create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms.

Google Docs allows you to collaborate with other Google Docs users in real time. You can upload office suite files such as Microsoft Office and OpenOffice. You can choose to convert these files to Google Docs, or to save them in their original format. Google Docs allows you to download your files in PDF and supports the following file formats: » Read more

Open Office: A free and excellent alternative to Microsoft Office

I know that a lot of us know about OpenOffice, but there are also many people who haven’t heard about it especially here in our country, and some got used to paying for new versions.  In fact, our institute spends thousands of pesos for commercial software despite alternatives. We have about 80 computers (mostly PCs and a few Macs) and only 3 of them run in Ubuntu (or Linux?) and OpenOffice.

To those who don’t want to spend several hundred dollars for Microsoft Office, OpenOffice is an excellent alternative. Just like Microsoft Office, OpenOffice is a suite that includes a word processor (Word equivalent), a spreadsheet (Excel equivalent), a presentation software (PowerPoint equivalent), database (Access equivalent), a graphics software, and more.  OpenOffice also opens documents created in Microsoft Office, so there’s no problem in switching.

OpenOffice is free, and can be downloaded here. You can learn more about the capabilities of OpenOffice here

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