Free chapters from "OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook"

I'm extremely happy to announce that after a great deal of work, many months of waiting and talking to my former publisher and much-appreciated encouragement from readers, I have self-published my guide to using OpenOffice.org 2 and StarOffice 8, titled the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook.

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Here is the table of contents.

It's the first OpenOffice.org book that I've written after being an instructor, and I've incorporated many of the real-world tasks and questions from students. It also includes excellent tips that I've received from blog readers.

It is now available from Amazon.com and from Cafepress.com. It replaces the OpenOffice.org 2 Resource Kit, the version that Prentice Hall would have published but won't. If you pre-ordered that book, order the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook instead.

To celebrate the release of the book, and as a thank you to everyone who's written to me and encouraged me through the past few months, I'm posting free content from the book.

To see resources for the book, including templates and links to additional content, visit the Book Resources link on my blog. The book is targeted, in general, towards beginner and intermediate users. I wanted to create a book that was more focused and therefore, didn't include advanced topics such as master files, goals and scenarios. However, many of those topics haven't changed significantly since 1.0, so the instructions in my OpenOffice.org 1.0 Resource Kit still apply.

I've also organized links on the Book Resources page to many of my TechTarget.com articles that relate to advanced topics I couldn't include. You can also use the Book Resources blog to submit suggestions for topics you'd like to see included in another book, if you're interested in my writing one.

Thanks to everyone who has written to me about the OpenOffice.org 2 book over the last year, for your comments and suggestions on my blog, and of course to all my students from whom I learn so much.

This was first published in December 2006

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