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Chapter 17. Enhancing Your Work with Mor... > About OpenOffice.org Macros

127. About OpenOffice.org Macros

Two ways exist to automate work with OpenOffice.org:

  • Macros record keystrokes that enable you to automate certain routine tasks that you want to repeat later.

  • OpenOffice.org's Applications Programming Interface enables you to write complex, command-driven applications that run beneath the surface as you or your clients and fellow workers use OpenOffice.org documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. For example, you could use the API to create a general ledger program that uses a series of automated Calc spreadsheets that form the basis of your company's complete general ledger program. The programs written with the API might control which data is requested and when, print reports, and consolidate and close the general ledger accounts at the end of each period. Such automation requires extensive programming, but OpenOffice.org's API allows for such extensive programming.


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