Writing compatible math equation in OpenOffice and Microsoft Office

Unfortunately, OpenOffice math equation is still not compatible fully with Microsoft Office. This makes things difficult. A solution that uses macro has been posted here:

TIP : How to convert equations from Openoffice to MS-Word

for me, the best way is to generate images and include it in the file. I normally use Latex, so I found this tools is very convenient:



Fixing icons and menu in OpenOffice 3.2 Kubuntu Hardy

I am not sure what happened, but when I open Impress, and my mouse is over the icons or menus, they are gone. When the mouse is over a selected icon, that particular icon appear the rest on its sides are not displayed.

Somehow, I managed to find the solution that works from this page: this page. What I did was to:


to my ~/.kde/env/gtk-qt-engine.rc.sh file.

and then restart the OS

Installing OpenOffice 3.2 in Kubuntu

I used Kubuntu Hardy for my office desktop, and once OpenOffice 3.2 is released, I downloaded the DEBian *.tar.gz package. I untar and unzip the package and go to the DEBS directory. I copied the desktop integration package from desktop-integration folder under the DEBS folder:

cp desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb .

After this, I run

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

from the DEBS folder. After that, my OpenOffice 3.2 is available from the KDE menu. 🙂

Updating OpenOffice 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 in Kubuntu 8.04

I found the update from OpenOffice 3.1.0 to 3.1.1 to be pretty simple. When I run an openoffice program, there is this Update notification on the top right of the window. So I clicked and it download the update. After finished downloading, I clicked “Install”, but as expected it didn’t work.

So I went to the folder where it downloaded the updates in *.tar.gz file. I unzipped the file using “tar xzvf file.tar.gz”, and go the folder OOXXXX something. In that folder, you will find a script “./update”. So simply run it using root privileges.

sudo ./update

And it updates your current openoffice 3.1.0 to 3.1.1. That’s it!

Installing OpenOffice 3.0 in Kubuntu Intrepid 8.10

I tried to use the PPA package:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main
However, OpenOffice 3.0 cannot open any file. I can start a new file, but cannot open file. So I remove them and tried the one from the openoffice.org website.

I downloaded the *deb.tar.gz file, then before installing it, I remove .openoffice* folder from my home directory.

Then unzip the *deb.tar.gz and go to the folder DEBS, cp the *.deb file for Debian from desktop-integration folder to the DEBS folder, then run this:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Writing Equation using Latex in OpenOffice

I previously used Zoho Writer for collaboration in writing some academic paper. The feature that I loved most is that we can write mathematical expression using latex. But the collaborative tool is very limited. So I decided to use OpenOffice. I found an extension that enable me to write math expression in Latex.

It’s called OOoLatex!

Since I am using Kubuntu, I followed the step in this thread, and it installs successfully.