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Hi all - I have noticed a few people who have microsoft based PCs etc and can't get .xls spreadsheeets to function. - The last thing they should do is pay for a Microsoft Upgrade to professional / office or whatever - No I am not suggesting they use pirated software but Instead ----

 

If you go to OpenOffice.org: Home you will find the nice people at Sun have provided free software called surprise Open Office - Its just as easy as MS word/excel etc and its free - ( it runs on any pc operating system not just windoze - Sun the supplier also developed Java the free software that runs on your mobile and probably in your browser)

 

I use Open Office and other free software for everything now and can honestly say I am more productive than I ever was when using Windows and other MS products

 

BTW MicroSoft Windows Excel Word brands devices logos etc etc jadajadajada are copy write protected (so go away you silly MS lawyer and leave the innocents alone)

 

This software allows you to do anything you could do in excel (you just do File Open on .xls excel files as you would in excel) and is 100% licence free and legal - incidentally anyone on this site might enjoy using free software to do other things (eg java / linux etc) - I gave up paying licences to Microsoft three years ago - now I get IMHO better and more secure software legally and free - For example Open Office lets you make acrobat .pdf files for free as well

 

Why not spread the word. The open Source movement seems to have ideals (sort of Robin hood like) in common with Consumer Action Group objectives

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/53089-fnc-ge-money-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 - Prelim / S.A.R Enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/55694-fnc-c-g-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

13/1/2007 - Prelim

Next Step 27/1/2007 LBA

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/lloyds-bank/55692-fnc-lloyds-tsb.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 -Prelim / SAR enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/other-institutions/55784-fnc-better-half-nationwide.html

20/12/2006 Prelim with Schedule and SI £640

5/1/2007 LBA with revised schedule CCR £867

Next Step 20/1/2007 CLAIM

PC World - Refund Faulty goods Preliminary Letter 13/01/2007 - Consumer rights are getting addictive

 

Don't get angry get even:D

 

 

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1) Go to download: Download Central

2) Click on Green Button or Go to download: OpenOffice.org 2.1 Downloads

3) Pick a download for your operating system eg windows - click on it

4) You will be taken to a contribution page - probably better to try it first ! so click continue to download (but note the two links as follows:

Contact

Contact OpenOffice.org - they will help you if you have problems

and

Instructions

download: Instructions for Downloading and Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0

 

From where a step by step is avaialable - and better than mine

 

Good luck

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/53089-fnc-ge-money-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 - Prelim / S.A.R Enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/55694-fnc-c-g-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

13/1/2007 - Prelim

Next Step 27/1/2007 LBA

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/lloyds-bank/55692-fnc-lloyds-tsb.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 -Prelim / SAR enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/other-institutions/55784-fnc-better-half-nationwide.html

20/12/2006 Prelim with Schedule and SI £640

5/1/2007 LBA with revised schedule CCR £867

Next Step 20/1/2007 CLAIM

PC World - Refund Faulty goods Preliminary Letter 13/01/2007 - Consumer rights are getting addictive

 

Don't get angry get even:D

 

 

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Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP Quick-Start Guide for OpenOffice.org 2.0

 

Welcome to OpenOffice.org's Quick-Start Guide for Windows environments. Below you will find step-by-step instructions to download and install OpenOffice.org version 2.0 on your system. You may want to print this instruction sheet for reference before beginning to download and install OpenOffice.org.

If you are experienced with the Windows operating system, you can use the instructions provided in the next section. Otherwise, skip to Comprehensive Installation Instructions section.

Overview of the download and installation procedure

 

To download and install OpenOffice.org 2.0, follow this checklist:

Be aware: OOo 2.x replaces an earlier 2.0.x installation

  1. Review the System Requirements for OpenOffice.org use.
  2. Download and install Java JRE if you need the features that are Java dependent. More information on Java & OpenOffice.org.
  3. Download OpenOffice.org 2.0.
  4. Login as administrator (if required).
  5. Unpack and install the downloaded OpenOffice.org 2.0 files.
  6. Run OpenOffice.org 2.0 to ensure that the installation was successful.

Comprehensive Installation Instructions

 

This section describes in detail how to install OpenOffice.org on your computer system.

The first thing you'll want to do is read through these instructions completely, and use the OpenOffice.org site to answer any questions you might have. The site contains documentation for users of all levels, beginner to advanced; a good place to get started for all new users of OpenOffice.org would be browsing the FAQ.

Note: Log in as an administrator if your computer only allows people with administrator privileges to install programmes. Review the System Requirements

 

Your computer needs these resources as a minimum to run OpenOffice.org 2.0 :

  • Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003
  • 128 Mbytes RAM (64Mb Minumum, 256Mb Recommended)
  • 300 Mbytes available disk space
  • 800 x 600 or higher resoluation with at least 256 colors

Download OpenOffice.org 2.0

 

To download OpenOffice.org from our website, you do not need to login. Also, it does not cost anything other than what your costs are to connect to the internet and download a large file.

If your connection is not very fast (and or you are behind a dial up connection), you might consider a program that enables you to pause/resume the download. We've listed some popular download managers here.

To download the most current version of OpenOffice.org:

  1. Display OpenOffice.org: Home, and click on the large green Download button displayed in the middle of the web page. This will display the downloads page.
  2. Do you see a blue box? Inside the blue box, the first drop down menu is prompting you to select your language. Click on the down arrow to the right of this drop down menu and select your language from the list. For those languages where more than one mirror site is available you will be prompted to choose the operating system (platform). "Windows" is at the top of the list.
    Choose a mirror (download location) closest to you.
  3. An interim page will be displayed with some information on how to contribute to the project and how to locate other resources, and seek support. Click the "Continue to Download" button to proceed to download OpenOffice.org to your computer. You will be prompted by a dialog window as to where you want to place the download file on your computer. Note this down, as you will need to find it later to install OpenOffice.org on your computer.
    Note: You may also want to copy the downloaded file to a backup medium (CD-ROM, ZIP disk, etc.).
  4. To check the integrity of the file that you have downloaded, please refer to the Md5Sums.

Unpack and install the downloaded OpenOffice.org 2.0 files

 

  1. Either using Windows Explorer or Mozilla/Netscape's Download Manager, navigate to the OpenOffice.org file you downloaded. Windows Explorer users will want to find the file and double-click to launch the unpacking and installation program. Alternately, Mozilla/Netscape users will want to open the Download Manager, highlight the file, and click Launch File. In either case, the unpacking program will start.
    The Welcome window is displayed to note that you have downloaded OpenOffice.org 2.0. Click Next to continue.
  2. The Select Folder window is displayed. Accept the folder name displayed in the text box or enter the name of the folder in which to save the unpacked files, and click Unpack.
  3. Once the files are unpacked, the OpenOffice.org 2.0 Installation Wizard is displayed. Click Next to continue installing OpenOffice.org 2.0.Follow the prompts, and OpenOffice.org will be installed on your system, ready for use.
  4. Read the information in the Welcome window and then click Next. The License Agreement window appears.
    Note: You will need to use the scroll bar to view all of the license text If you do not wish to accept the license, you will be prompted to confirm this before the installation programme closes.
  5. Read the license, select "I accept the terms in the license agreement", and click Next. The Customer Information window appears.
    You may leave this form blank, or enter your User Name and if applicable, Organisation.
    Note: If you logged in as administrator you will be prompted to install for all users.
  6. Complete Customer Information form and click Next. The Setup Type window appears.
  7. Select a setup type (we recommend Complete) and click Next. The File Type window is displayed.
  8. Select the file types that you wish to open with the OpenOffice.org program. The default configuration is that all the file types are selected. This means that the OpenOffice.org programme will start when these file types are opened. De-select (click on the ticks) to view, edit and print these file types with your existing word processing, spreadsheet or presentation program.
    Note: If you change your mind, returning to the prior state is tedious. You will need to reassociate all word processing, spreadsheet or presentation files with the appropriate file type. To read more, please see the file associations FAQ on the OpenOffice.org web site.
    You can use file types not associated with OpenOffice.org, by starting Openoffice.org then open the file by choosing Open from the File menu.
  9. Once you have selected the file types click Next. The Ready to Install the Program window is displayed.
  10. Click the Back button to return to previous windows to change your installation options, otherwise click Install to begin the installation process.
  11. Click the Finish button when the Installation Wizard Finished window is displayed.
  12. If you logged in as administrator, logout. Each user can then invoke OpenOffice.org from the program menu which will allow the user to configure OpenOffice.org as a workstation copy with no further effort on the part of the user.

Run OpenOffice.org to ensure that the installation was successful

 

When you first run OpenOffice.org after a successfully installing the program, you will be prompted to accept the license, enter your user name and register your copy.

  1. Login using your user account, and if you installed OpenOffice.org successfully it will appear on the Programs sub-menu of the Start menu.
  2. Click on one of the OpenOffice.org components (we recommend Writer). The Welcome window is displayed.
  3. Click Next to display the License Agreement window.
  4. Scroll to read the license and click Accept to continue. The Transfer personal data window is displayed.
    If you wish to reuse personal data from a previous installation click Next
    If you do not wish to reuse any settings from a previous installed version, unmark the checkbox and click Next.
  5. The user information window is displayed. You are prompted to enter your name. This is used in the document properties, templates and when you record changes made to documents. This is useful if you are working on a document with others, but you don't need to complete this information in order to proceed. This information can also be entered later when using the program.
  6. Complete the form and click Next to display the Registration window. You will need to be connected to the internet if you select "I want to register now" and click Finish. Your browser will display a welcome message on the OpenOffice.org web site and then redirect you to a user survey page.
    If you are not connected to the internet, you can choose to register later.
    Registration of OpenOffice.org and completion of the user survey is optional and is not required for you to ensure full use of OpenOffice.org.
    Note: Registration of the OpenOffice.org programme is completely separate to subscribing to various OpenOffice.org mailing lists and registering yourself with the OpenOffice.org: Home site to submit bugs, enhancement requests and contribute to projects.

You have successfully installed and run OpenOffice.org. You should now refer to the online help (Choose "OpenOffice.org Help" from the Help menu) or connect to the internet to obtain support from the OpenOffice.org: Home web site by clicking the Support tab available from any web page.

Thank you for using OpenOffice.org, and welcome!

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/53089-fnc-ge-money-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 - Prelim / S.A.R Enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/mortgage-companies/55694-fnc-c-g-erc.html

21/12/2006 SAR

13/1/2007 - Prelim

Next Step 27/1/2007 LBA

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/lloyds-bank/55692-fnc-lloyds-tsb.html

21/12/2006 SAR

Next Step 31/1/2007 -Prelim / SAR enforcement

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/other-institutions/55784-fnc-better-half-nationwide.html

20/12/2006 Prelim with Schedule and SI £640

5/1/2007 LBA with revised schedule CCR £867

Next Step 20/1/2007 CLAIM

PC World - Refund Faulty goods Preliminary Letter 13/01/2007 - Consumer rights are getting addictive

 

Don't get angry get even:D

 

 

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