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This page includes articles on a variety of topics: blogging and writing, organizing and notebooks, and using creativity tools, like mind-mapping. The list goes back several years, so feel free to browse back in time.

 

Word Processing without a Word Processor

A Writer's Guide to Alternate Writing Tools When we think of word processing today, most people think of Microsoft Word, or one of the full-featured alternatives, say LibreOffice Writer (or the Apache OpenOffice equivalent), or [...]

Does Apache OpenOffice Need a Superhero Rescue?

The “Official & True” OpenOffice May be Dying There have been rumblings about the Apache OpenOffice project struggling to accomplish anything of late, and some of those rumblings have been coming from the people who [...]

Saddling Up for LibreOffice Sidebars

A Writer's Guide to Using Sidebars in LibreOffice Part 6 of LibreOffice for Writers How sidebars got to LibreOffice It was not inevitable. Sidebars came to Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice by way of IBM. Older [...]

10 Secrets of the LibreOffice Status Bar

Explore the Tiny Little Status Bar with Deep Secrets The LibreOffice Status Bar for Writers Talk about flying under the radar! For two years I barely paid attention to the little data bar on the [...]

The Surprising Secrets of LibreOffice Toolbars

Writers Guide to LibreOffice - Part 4 LibreOffice's Toolbars let you do many things, including creating bright and garish headlines. In this post, for LibreOffice (LO) newbies and experienced users alike, we tell [...]

LibreOffice for Writers – Part 3

Getting Started - Working the Menus A portion of George Orwell's draft for 1984, with editing. First Things First. What are you doing? I mean, besides reading this article. Here you've downloaded a [...]

Writing with LibreOffice – Part 2 – Installing

Choosing and Installing LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice New to LibreOffice? Start Here! Whether you are writing for school, for publication, for business, as a freelance writer, or just for fun, there are some advantages to [...]

Writing with LibreOffice – An Intro

Open Source Software and Writers Are a Good Fit There are all kinds of writers, and there are all kinds of tools for writers, ranging from pen and paper to a wide range of software to [...]

Taking LibreOffice to the Cloud

Ever since The Document Foundation released LibreOffice four years ago, users' wish lists included a web-based version of the software. This past week, The Document Foundation, Collabora and IceWarp announced their collaboration to create that [...]

The Monster List of Markdown Tools on Frugal Guidance 2

Part 6 of Markdown for Bloggers - Software and Many Other Resources This list is far from exhaustive, but should be more than enough to get you started in using and learning about Markdown. Updated with [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Quoting Text and Code

Part 5: Blockquotes, Backticks, Backslashes and Bare Knuckles Today we talk about wrangling computer code, quotations, and blocks of text with your Markdown tool. If you use a variety of Markdown editors or styles, you [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Web Links

Part 4 - Creating Web Links Writing for the web naturally entails offering links to various other resources. As you probably expect, Markdown offers a couple of simple ways of including web links in your [...]