OpenOffice is a free and open source productivity suite that represents one of the best "free" alternatives to Microsoft Office. Until recently it was the best ever, but today LibreOffice is competing for the title, another "free" suite born from one of its "ribs" with which it shares part of the source code. It is compatible not only with Windows, but also with macOS and Linux and allows you to do almost everything you can do with the famous Microsoft software.
Inside, in fact, you can find applications for word processing, spreadsheet development, database management, creating presentations and much more. It is also capable of generating PDF files from any printable document and can read, edit or even create Microsoft Office files (including Office 2007 and later docx, xlsx, etc.).
OpenOffice is completely in Italian, includes a very efficient spell checker and does not require any type of social registration or authentication to be used. In short: it is almost perfect, if it were not for some compatibility problems and some small missing function compared to Microsoft Office. If I were you, I would immediately get to work and see how to perform the download on OpenOffice following the instructions below.
Download OpenOffice on Windows
For download OpenOffice on your PC, connected to the program's website and first click on the item download for free (located in the center of the page) and then on the button Download full version present in the next screen. The weight of the software is over 130MB, so make sure you have a fast enough connection before starting the download.
When the download is complete, open the OpenOffice installation package ( Apache_OpenOffice_xx_Win_x86_install_it.exe) and complete the setup by first clicking on Yes and then forward, Install, yet forward three consecutive times and lastly Install e end.
Once the installation is complete, start OpenOfficeclick on your button forward and fill out the form that is proposed to you by typing yours name, your last name and yours initials (data that will then be included in the properties of the documents created with the suite). Next, click on the button end and choose the type of document to create: text document, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database, formula etc.
You can then directly launch the individual OpenOffice applications by selecting their icons in the Windows Start menu. If you don't know what applications are included in OpenOffice and the features they offer, here's a brief summary.
- Writer - is the application dedicated to word processing, the alternative to Word. It allows you to open, edit and create DOC / DOCX, RTF and ODF documents.
- Calc - the program for spreadsheets, the alternative to Excel. It supports all Microsoft software file formats plus open document formats (ODS and OTS).
- Impress - allows you to create presentations, such as PowerPoint, starting from scratch or using ready-to-use templates. It supports all file formats of the Microsoft counterpart.
- Base - the OpenOffice application for database management.
- Draw - it is software intended for the creation of printable content, such as flyers, brochures, cards, etc. The alternative to Microsoft Publisher to put it simply. By installing a special extension it can also modify PDF files.
- Math - is the OpenOffice component for mathematical equations.
The use of all the programs included in OpenOffice is extremely intuitive, in fact their user interface is not very different from that of the old versions of Microsoft Office (when there were still no tabs and giant icons in the toolbar).
In addition, on the right side of the screen you will find a quick access bar that allows you to change "on the fly" property document (font, text alignment, margins, etc.), adjust styles and formatting, insert clipart from Gallery of OpenOffice e navigation quickly in sections of the file. It can be hidden by clicking on the button with vertical dots located on the left edge of the bar.
If you want to change theassociation of a file type (eg. DOCX) so that it is automatically opened by OpenOffice, right click on any file of the type you want to associate with OpenOffice and select the item Property from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, then presses the button Change, select the entry for one of the applications OpenOffice And that's it.
Please note: after installing OpenOffice on your PC, you can safely delete the folder OpenOffice xx (it) Installation Files present on the desktop, which contains the files that were used during the installation of the suite.
Download OpenOffice on Mac
The procedure download on OpenOffice on Mac it's pretty much identical to what we saw earlier on Windows. To download the suite on your computer, all you have to do is connect to its official website and click on the item first download for free and then on the button Download full version present nella schermata che si apre.
When the download is complete, open the OpenOffice dmg package (Apache_OpenOffice_xx_MacOS_x86-64_install_it.dmg) and drag the icon OpenOffice contained within it in the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on the icon you just dragged, select the item apri from the menu that appears and presses the button apri in the window that opens. This way you will bypass the macOS protections that normally prevent applications that come from developers not "blessed" by Apple from running. This is only necessary at the first start.
The Mac version of OpenOffice does not allow you to start the individual applications of the suite as happens on Windows (unless you double-click on a file associated with them). To start Writer, Calc or any other application included in OpenOffice you have to run OpenOffice from the macOS Applications folder (or from the Launchpad, or from Spotlight) and you have to choose the type of file to create: Text document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, etc.
For the rest, the operation of OpenOffice is identical to what I have shown you previously for the Windows variant of the suite. Even the interface of Writer, Calc and associates is practically identical to that of the counterparts designed for the Microsoft operating system.
If you want to change theassociation of a file type (eg. DOCX) to open it automatically with OpenOffice, right click on any file of the type you want to associate with OpenOffice and select the item Get information from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, expand the field Open with, select the item related to OpenOffice from the drop-down menu below and presses the button Edit everything per salvare i Cambiomenti.
Download OpenOffice on Smartphones and Tablets
There are also applications that perfectly match the functioning of OpenOffice on smartphones and tablets. Here are the most interesting ones.
- AndrOpenOffice for Android - this is a real port of OpenOffice for Android. This means that it has the same interface and functions as OpenOffice for Windows, macOS and Linux. It is not very comfortable to use via touch-screen - this must be said - but for those looking for a “pure” experience of OpenOffice in the mobile environment, there is nothing better. AndrOpenOffice can be downloaded and used for free, but the AndrOpen Office Professional Pack is also available (€ 3,49) thanks to which it is possible to remove the advertising banners from the application and add support to the OpenOffice.org 1.0 and StarOffice file formats 6.0 in the latter.
- Office 700 for iOS - this is a port of OpenOffice for iPhone and iPad. Includes Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Math; supports all major file formats of OpenOffice, LibreOffice and Microsoft Office and its interface is comfortable enough to use even via touch-screen (although it is not 100% optimized). It costs € 3,99.
- OOReader for iOS - is a free application for iPhone and iPad that allows you to view all files created with OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Unfortunately it does not include the edit function.