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This file contains important information about this program. Please read this in
formation very carefully before starting work.
The Community, responsible for the development of this product, w
ould like to invite you to participate as a community member. As a new user, you
can check out the site with helpful user information at http://w
Also read the sections below about getting involved in the projec
Is really free for any user? is free for use by everybody. You may take this copy of OpenOffic and install it on as many computers as you like, and use it for any purpos
e you like (including commercial, government, public administration and educatio
nal use). For further details see the license text delivered together with OpenO or
Why is free for any user?
---------------------------------------------------------------------You can use this copy of today free of charge because individual
contributors and corporate sponsors have designed, developed, tested, translated
, documented, supported, marketed, and helped in many other ways to make OpenOff what it is today - the world's leading open-source office software.
If you appreciate their efforts, and would like to ensure continu
es into the future, please consider contributing to the project - see http://con for details. Everyone has a contribution to make.
---------------------------------------------------------------------Notes on Installation requires a recent version of JAVA for full functionality which is
part of the installation package.
System Requirements

Microsoft Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4 or higher), XP, Vista, or Windows 7

Pentium compatible PC (Pentium III or Athlon recommended)
256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM recommended)
Up to 1.5 GB available hard disk space
1024x768 resolution (higher resolution recommended), at least 256 colors

Please be aware that administrator rights are needed for the installation proces
Registration of as default application for Microsoft Office forma
ts can be forced or suppressed by using the following command line switches with

the installer:
* /msoreg=1 will force registration of as default application for
Microsoft Office formats.
* /msoreg=0 will suppress registration of as default application
for Microsoft Office formats.
If you perform an administrative installation using setup /a, you need to make s
ure that the file msvc90.dll is installed on the system. This file is required f
or to start after an administrative installation. You can get the
file from
Please be aware that administrator rights are needed for the installation proces
Please make sure you have enough free memory in the temporary directory on your
system and that read, write and run access rights have been granted. Close all o
ther programs before starting the installation.
---------------------------------------------------------------------Extension Database Incompatibility
---------------------------------------------------------------------The Berkeley database engine has been upgraded in this version of
. The database engine upgrade introduces an incompatibility with user data for i
nstalled extensions for versions prior to 3.2 that may require yo
ur action if you downgrade your version of
This version of will convert your extension database to the new B
erkeley database format when extensions are installed or removed. After this con
version, the database can no longer be read by earlier versions of OpenOffice.or
g. Downgrading to an earlier version may result in a dysfunctional installation.
If you downgrade to an earlier version of, you must remove the us
er data directory {user data}/uno_packages, for example ~/
/uno_packages, and reinstall all extensions.
---------------------------------------------------------------------Problems During Program Startup
---------------------------------------------------------------------Difficulties starting (e.g. applications hang) as well as problem
s with the screen display are often caused by the graphics card driver. If these
problems occur, please update your graphics card driver or try using the graphi
cs driver delivered with your operating system. Difficulties displaying 3D objec
ts can often be solved by deactivating the option "Use OpenGL" under 'Tools - Op
tions - - View - 3D view'.
---------------------------------------------------------------------ALPS/Synaptics notebook touchpads in Windows
---------------------------------------------------------------------Due to a Windows driver issue, you cannot scroll through document
s when you slide your finger across an ALPS/Synaptics touchpad.
To enable touchpad scrolling, add the following lines to the "C:\Program Files\S
ynaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.ini" configuration file, and restart your computer:

SF = 0x10000000
SF |= 0x00004000
The location of the configuration file might vary on different versions of Windo
---------------------------------------------------------------------Shortcut Keys
---------------------------------------------------------------------Only shortcut keys (key combinations) not used by the operating system can be us
ed in If a key combination in does not work as de
scribed in the Help, check if that shortcut is already used by th
e operating system. To rectify such conflicts, you can change the keys assigned
by your operating system. Alternatively, you can change almost any key assignmen
t in For more information on this topic, refer to the OpenOffice
.org Help or the Help documention of your operating system.
---------------------------------------------------------------------Problems When Sending Documents as E-mails From
---------------------------------------------------------------------When sending a document via 'File - Send - Document as E-mail' or 'Document as P
DF Attachment' problems might occur (program crashes or hangs). This is due to t
he Windows system file "Mapi" (Messaging Application Programming Interface) whic
h causes problems in some file versions. Unfortunately, the problem cannot be na
rrowed down to a certain version number. For more information visit http://www.m to search the Microsoft Knowledge Base for "mapi dll".
---------------------------------------------------------------------Important Accessibility Notes
---------------------------------------------------------------------For more information on the accessibility features in, see http:/
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is page:
Also check the FAQ section at
---------------------------------------------------------------------Reporting Bugs & Issues

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ing and solving bugs and issues. We encourage all users to feel entitled and wel
come to report issues that may arise on your particular platform. Energetic repo
rting of issues is one of the most important contributions that the user communi
ty can make to the ongoing development and improvement of the suite.
---------------------------------------------------------------------Getting Involved
---------------------------------------------------------------------The Community would very much benefit from your active participat
ion in the development of this important open source project.
As a user, you are already a valuable part of the suite's development process an
d we would like to encourage you to take an even more active role with a view to
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ser page at
How to Start
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