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The next application to discuss is KWord. KWord is, as you may have guessed, the word processor for the suite. If you select KMenu |Office -|KWord, you will get the following screen:

The KWord opening screen

You need to select either a new file type, an existing file, or a blank file. As KWord develops further, there will be more templates available, or you can just add your own. In any event, select a blank page, and this is what your next view will look like:

The KWord main window

The KWord main window is your word processor's main window. This window is your gateway to a new and exciting word processor. You can right-click on the rulers and re-set them to inches or any other unit of measurement you choose.

If you wish to save the document in another format, select File|Save As. The default format is KWD, which in actuality is a BZ2 TAR file containing the XML KWord document and all the associated images. The nice part about saving in this format is that even though there may not be an export filter available for your application to share with KOffice, you can un-TAR and un-BZIP the files and use the pieces in other applications. For example, Microsoft Word will read XML files and allow you to paste JPG and PNG images into Word documents.

You will also find that you can drag and drop the toolbars from one location to another, and fully customize them by using the settings menu. A hint: if you right-click on the ruler bar you can change the grid to inches, or points, if you do not want the centimeters.

KWord also contains all of the features that you would expect to find in any office platform. It does spell checking, macros, and has print capability. While it is still in the development stage, it is an excellent word processor.


Another application that is a part of the KOffice products is KSpread. KSpread is the spreadsheet for KDE. As with any of the KOffice applications, when you start KSpread you are asked if you would like to create a new document or use an existing one. If you choose to create a new document, you will see a window like the one below.

KSpread main screen

You can use formulas, equations, or text in any cell. You have the ability to format the spreadsheet in any way you wish, and you also are able to create additional tables and form workbooks. KSpread is compatible with KChart, which is the KDE chart application.

The formatting tools included in KSpread allow the use of colors, shading, borders, and much more. You also have the ability to add additional sheets to create a workbook. You can import Excel, Lotus, and CSV spreadsheets from other applications.

In any KOffice application, you can insert graphics, pictures, and portions of other KDE applications. KSpread is no exception to this rule.

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This article was originally published on December 28, 2000

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