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7 KOffice Tips and Tricks - page 2

Applications, Fonts, Toolbars

  • January 21, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

#4 Change the default font

If you aren't a fan of the default font, DejaVu Sans, you can change it. However, you might want to install the core Microsoft fonts before-hand, as the previous tip explained.

When you're ready, open the desired KOffice application, click Settings > Configure KWord/KSpread/KPresenter. Then click the Document icon, find the Default Font setting, and change as desired.

#5 Export as a PDF

Like OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office, KWord can export to a PDF file. However, this might not be so obvious in earlier versions. For instance, in KWord 1.6.3, you "print" to a PDF file: click File > Print, choose Print to File (PDF), define the location and file name, and click OK.

In newer versions of KWord, such as 2.0.2, a shortcut is right on the File menu: simply click File > Export as PDF, choose a location and filename, and click OK.

#6 Find the word count and document stats

If you're typing up something for work or school, you might want to check the amount of words you have in the document or in a selection. Like with other word processors, you don't have to do the counting. Simply reference the document statistics for the word, character, and line counts among other details.

If you're used to Microsoft Office, you might be looking for the Word Count shortcut off of the Tools menu. In earlier versions of KWord, you actually want to hit File > Statistics. In newer versions, the Statistics should also be shown by default in the Dock on the right.

#7 Change the auto save frequency

Don't you hate when you're working on a document and you accidentally kick the power cord, the power flickers, or the computer otherwise crashes and you lose some of your work? Of course, KOffice includes an auto-save feature where your documents are automatically saved at regular intervals. However, most of the time you'll lose some work; whatever you've done after the last auto-save.

Like in other office suites, you can adjust the auto-save interval. KOffice defaults to 5 minutes, which is better than 10-minute default of most Microsoft products. You might want it saving even more often, like every minute. If you're on a slower PC, this might have some draw on your computing power but its usually better than losing work.

To change the auto-save interval of a KOffice application, click Settings > KWord/KSpread/KPresenter. Then click the Open/Save icon, change the Autosave Delay setting, and click OK.

Eric Geier is a Freelance Tech Writer. He has authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press. He's also the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi network with enterprise-level encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS/802.1X authentication service called AuthenticateMyWiFi.

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