Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

Every time you open a LibreOffice program, or even the LibreOffice Start Center, a splash screen displays. This splash screen serves no real purpose, so if you’d rather not see it, we’ll show you how to disable it in Windows and Linux.

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How many times have you migrated to a new computer, or reinstalled Windows, and lost all the little settings in your Windows programs that you had finally tweaked perfectly?

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Fields in LibreOffice Writer allow you to add data that changes to a document, such as the current date or total number of pages in a document, and to insert and calculate formulas. By default, fields are highlighted in gray.

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If you’re working in a LibreOffice Writer document, and need to do some simple calculations, instead of opening the Windows Calculator, you can perform the calculations directly in Writer.

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We’ve all downloaded files from the web to our computer. However, if you’d rather download files directly to your Google Drive account, there’s an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to do just that.

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The toolbars in LibreOffice provide quick access to various shortcuts, similar to the ribbon in Microsoft Office. But if you don’t love the icons, there are several different styles available, and you can change the size of the icons as well.

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Outlook data files can get very large over time, especially if you get a lot of attachments. Even if you delete old messages, the size of your Outlook data file is not reduced accordingly.

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Say you’re browsing the web in Chrome and you remember you need to add a meeting to your calendar. Instead of opening a new tab and accessing your calendar, or using the Google Calendar Chrome app, you can add an event to your calendar right from Chrome’s address bar with this trick.

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Copying a file with the Linux command line is easy. However, what if you want to copy the same file to several different locations? That’s easy, too, and we’ll show you how to do that with one command.

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Evernote has limited their free plans, increased the prices of paid plans, and introduced a privacy policy that allows its employees to read your notes (Update: they’ve backtracked a bit on this, but they’ve still lost some good faith with many, including us). If you’ve ever thought about switching to Microsoft’s OneNote instead, now is probably a good time. Thankfully, Microsoft has released an official tool for migrating your Evernote data into OneNote.

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Most browsers have a default page that displays when you open a new tab. If you don’t want your browser deciding what webpage you see when you open a new tab, you can change it to a custom webpage of your choosing.

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By default, when you open PDF files in most PDF readers, they open to the beginning of the file, even if you were on a different page the last time you had the file open.

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Chrome doesn’t really need to be restarted often. But, if for some reason you want to restart Chrome without having to close and reopen it manually—which takes a few clicks—there’s a quick and easy way to restart the browser with a bookmark.

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You’ve created a local account in Windows and you want to use Cortana. However, you need a Microsoft account to activate and use Cortana, but you don’t want to convert your local account to a Microsoft one. What a dilemma.

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Email threads allows you to see all emails sent and received with the same subject line grouped together into one conversation. Threaded view has been available in macOS for a while, and is now available in the Mail app in iOS 10.

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Chrome allows multiple people to use Chrome on the same computer, with each profile having its own custom bookmarks, settings, and themes. By default,  Chrome opens to the profile used the last time the browser was opened.

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For more than a year now, Gmail has allowed you to undo the sending of an email. However, this feature was only available when you use Gmail in a browser, not in the Gmail mobile apps. Now, an “Undo” button is finally available in Gmail for iOS.

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Chrome makes it very easy to switch profiles while in the browser. If other people use your computer and you want to prevent them from accessing your Chrome profile—which contains your bookmarks, history, and possibly even saved passwords—you can lock it with your Google account password.

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Cortana in Windows 10 is more than a simple search feature. It’s a personal assistant similar to Siri on iOS or OK Google on Android. Information entered into Cortana is stored on your PC and in your Bing account so results can be customized to you.

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As you type into the Search box in Windows’ File Explorer, a list of suggestions displays below the box. These suggestions are from the history of previous searches you’ve typed.

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If you’re using Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016, you may have noticed that the Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included. Picture Manager was included in Office 2010 and earlier and allowed you to easily view, edit, and manage pictures.

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By default, LibreOffice saves files in the Open Document Format (ODF). However, it also reads and writes files in Microsoft Office formats (DOC and DOCX). If you collaborate with others on Microsoft Office documents, but you use LibreOffice, you can choose to always save files as Microsoft Office files to make it easier to exchange those documents back and forth.

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LibreOffice has many useful features, but you can add even more. Much like Firefox add-ons or Chrome extensions, you can add extensions to LibreOffice to expand its capabilities.

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If you’re stuck without a mouse temporarily, don’t worry—you can still use your PC. You’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to move the cursor around in Windows using only the keyboard.

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If you have a large number of worksheets in your Excel workbook, it may be hard to find a specific worksheet. Sorting your worksheet tabs alphabetically would make it easier to find what your looking for.

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