Getting Help with OpenOffice.org

Although OpenOffice.org comes with a decent online help, it can only get you that far. But there is a plethora of Web resources, support forums, and books that can help you to get the most out of the productivity suite and solve any problems you might have. And often, you don’t have to pay a dime to get the help you need.

For starters, the OpenOffice.org project maintains a number of mailing lists. The most popular one is users@openoffice.org, a list for questions relating to the use of OpenOffice.org. You can subscribe to it by sending a request to users-subscribe@openoffice.org. Before you post a question, though, check the list’s archive to make sure that this question hasn’t already been answered. If you don’t fancy subscribing to a mailing list, you can seek support at the official OpenOffice.org community forum. This forum is a meeting place for many OpenOffice.org power users and professionals, so you can always tap on their expertise. Better yet, the forum is also available in other languages than English (http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/listforums.php), including French, Hungarian, Japanese, and Spanish.

If you are looking for electronic or printed documentation, you might want to check the OOoAuthors Web site which offers an impressive selection of OpenOffice.org-related documentation. All manuals and user guides at the site are available for download free of charge, and some of them are available in printed form via the documentation repository containing an assortment of how-tos, guides, and manuals.

But what about real books? Here are a few excellent books which I can highly recommend. Some of these books cover older versions of OpenOffice.org, but most of the material in them is still applicable to the latest releases of the productivity suite.

Finally, if you are running a business and looking for a company that offers OpenOffice.org support in your area, take a look at the directory of independent consultants on the OpenOffice.org Web site.


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