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Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 22:55

This is a collection of LibreOffice Writer tutorials for beginners published over the years by the Ubuntu Buzz. It covers the most basic exercises like basic writing, inserting pictures and tables, and dealing with page as well as paragraph styles. They are adapted with the hope to be useful and suitable for those who have background in Microsoft Word. We wish you would find Ubuntu, LibreOffice and Free Software community a safe home full of happiness and success.
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Getting LibreOffice for Your Computer

Visit link above to download LibreOffice for your computer. It is free and legal for everyone -- no activation required. Make sure you choose the correct operating system and architecture before downloading between Windows (32-bit | 64-bit), GNU/Linux, and macOS. Once downloaded, install it if it had not installed yet. Ubuntu users do not need to download or install.


Starting Writer

Learning how to start LibreOffice Writer program on your Ubuntu computer.

Writer's User Interface 

Getting started to LibreOffice Writer's user interface, the window as well as its most used components such as menubar, toolbar, sidebar, and edit area.  

Document View Modes & Navigator

Learning to read the document as single, double, facing pages with zooming as well as how to use Navigator (F5) feature. 

Basic Exercises

Basic Writing

Learning by practicing how to write a document for the first time. 

Saving Document

Learning how to save and open your document as well as what formats are supported and exporting to PDF for exchanging documents with people. You should know ODT, ODS and ODP formats which are collectively known as Open Document Format (ODF).

Page Formatting

Learning how to change page size to suit your needs and other related stuffs.


Learning about what are headings, how to use them in a document. It is a precursor to the making of table of contents automatically.

Paragraph Styles

Learn how to edit your document in a professional way that is using paragraph styles. It is useful for long-term use, as to edit the looks of a long text you just need to edit the style instead.

Page Styles

Learning how to arrange different page styles so you can differentiate page number styles such as Roman and Arabic in one document.

Pictures and Tables

Inserting Pictures

Learning how to add pictures, illustrations and photos into document.

Create Tables

Learning how to create tables and apply nice formatting to them.

Create Table of Contents

Learning how to create table of contents like what you saw on printed books.


Advanced Text Editing

Find and Replace

Learning how to find a particular text and/or replace it with another text in document. 

Inserting Unicode Symbols 

Learning what is Unicode and how to add symbols by examples of Islamic shalawat in Arabic and others.

Writing Arabic Text

Learning how to write Arabic script from alef to ya by the help of Ubuntu system. You will be introduced to Arabic Buckwalter. so you can switch between Alphabet and Arabic typing by one click.  

Writing Japanese Text

Learning how to write Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana by the help of Ubuntu system's Mozc feature (need to be installed).

Academic, Education and Scientific Purposes

Creating Math Equations

Learning how to use the equation editor to write equations. Useful for teachers and lecturers. 

Creating Bibliography

Learning how to work together with another program named Zotero to collect references, make citations and create bibliography with international standards (such as APA) in document. Useful for students, professors and researchers especially those who are authoring their academic papers. Zotero is free software alternative to the proprietary Mendeley in academia.

Shortcut Keys List

A colorful poster to help you learn LibreOffice quickly by the most used shortcuts.

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