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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.

 

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 [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Headlines & Lists

Part 3 - Creating Headlines and Lists Headlines If you've been writing blog posts for a while, you're probably familiar with the advantages of using headlines to break up text and help readers browse through [...]

Markdown for Bloggers – Basic Formatting

Part 2: Learning Basic Character Formatting If you are worried about whether you can learn how to write using Markdown, relax. This is the easy stuff. Memorize a few things and you have it down. [...]