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I think just working through the "Getting Started" guide helps hugely.  Pay special attention to 
the Styles chapter.

I had to help someone tidy up a Word document yday and it was a total Pita.  Fortunately they are 
very unfamiliar with MS-anything so; 
1.  They didn't do so many of the weirdnesses that people learn to use to really stuff-up their 
documents and make them unreadable to everyone that isn't using their system
2.  There is some hope of  pushing them straight into using LO
Regards from 
Tom :)

From: Dr. R. O Stapf <>
Sent: Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 8:00
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Word 2003 to Libre Writer - Comparison Chart

When I wrote my comment I was not thinking about the change of a font, but getting something which 
helps to understand how Writer work and a support to "unlearn" Word. I am currently struggling 
unlearning Word and Power Point.

On 2012-11-13 22:56, VA wrote:
Yes, MS completely redesigned the user interface with Word 2007, so any
chart made for Word 2003 could be very different for one made for Word 2007.

I'm not sure how effective a chart would be, for LibO and Word, in many
ways, just think differently. LibO uses not only paragraph styles but also
page styles, which is a completely foreign concept to MS. So, it's not just
about hitting a sequence of mouse clicks in the right order; it's about
relearning how to create, edit, and format documents. There are typically
several ways to accomplish a task, and the LibO method that is most like
Word may not be the best way to get things done. To get the most out of
LibO, you might find yourself having to deliberately unlearn Word. To be
sure, you can find things in the Writer menu that are similar to the Word
menu, but the power of an office suite comes in learning how the program
thinks, which is working at a deeper level than simply selecting a font from
a drop-down box, etc.


ps. Can someone "fix" the annoying feature of this list that you must hit "reply all" to send a 
reply to the list? I'm constantly sending out duplicates of my messages because my first one 
went to one person. No other list I belong to has that behavior. My apologies to Dr. Stapf for 

-----Original Message----- From: Dr. R. O Stapf
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Word 2003 to Libre Writer - Comparison Chart

I know that the creation of such a tool would take very important dev resources, but it would be 
good tool to promote LIbO Writer.

But why to compare with Word 2003? As far as I know a big change has taken place with Word 2007 

On 2012-11-13 02:27, charles meyer wrote:
Hi Folks,

MS Word has a comparison chart which shows you how to perform certain
tasks in Word compared to how you effect them in WordPerfect.

It's an easy chart to check (and learn) Word if you've been a WordPerfect user.

Ex. Ctrl/F8 will perform a certain task in WordPerfect but that same
task is done with different function key combinations in Word

I was wondering if anyone has come across a similar comparison chart
for Libre Writer and Word, especially Word 2003?

The chart would show how a task is done in Word and then next to it
would reveal how that task is done in Libre Writer.

Thanks so much,


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