Open Office free office suite has been such a tremendous help to me this week. I’m working on a website for the volunteer action center in our area and they asked me to upload and link to a manual. The manual was in Word Perfect format (which I don’t have), but Open Office opened it with no problem. Of all the tools offered, I use the Base (database), Calc (spreadsheet), and Writer (word processor) the most.
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