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Chapter 1. Setting Up Writer to Work You... > Choosing Options for Loading and Sav...

1.2. Choosing Options for Loading and Saving Documents

You can set the Load/Save options to suit the way you work.

  1. If the Options dialog is not already open, click Tools > Options. Click the + sign to the left of Load/Save.

  2. Choose Load/Save > General.

    Most of the choices on the Options - Load/Save - General dialog (Figure 1-10) are familiar to users of other word processors. Some items of interest are:

    Load user-specific settings with the document
    When you save a document, certain settings are saved with the document. If you select this option, these document settings are overruled by the user-specific settings of the person who opens it. If you deselect this option, users' personal settings do not overrule the settings in the document.

    For example, your choice on the Options - Text Document - General dialog (Figure 1-13) of how to update links (Always, on Request, Never) is a userspecific setting that is affected by this option. Some settings (printer name, data source linked to the document) are always loaded with a document, whether or not this checkbox is selected.

    Edit document properties before saving
    When you select this option, then the first time you save a new document (or whenever you use Save As), the Document Properties dialog pops up to prompt you to enter relevant information.

    Figure 1-10. Choosing Load and Save options

    Note that AutoSave in OpenOffice.org overwrites the original file.

    Size optimization for XML format (no pretty printing)
    OpenOffice.org documents are XML files. When you select this option, OOo writes the XML data without indents and line breaks; the resulting file size is smaller, and documents are saved and opened more quickly. If you want to read the XML files in a text editor in a structured form, deselect this option.

  3. If you routinely share documents with users of Microsoft Word, you might want to change the Always save as attribute for text documents in the Standard file format section to one of the Word document types.

  4. Choose Load/Save > VBA Properties.

  5. On the Options - Load/Save - VBA Properties dialog (Figure 1-11), you can choose whether to keep any macros in MSOffice documents opened in OpenOffice.org.

    • If you choose Save original Basic code, the macros will not work in OOo but are retained if you save the file into Microsoft Office format.

    • If you choose Load Basic code to edit, the changed code is saved in an OOo document but is not retained if you save into an MSOffice format.

      Figure 1-11. Choosing Load/Save VBA Properties



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