That’s kind of vague, so I’m going to give you a variety of things:
1. If you’re not using shortcuts, you really should. It might not seem like it saves time, but trust me, it can save a ton of time over your collegiate career, especially if you can make a habit of always hitting CTRL+S. Here’s a link to open office shortcuts.
2. Open Office has most of the same features as other paid versions of the same software, but they might not be in the same place. If you can’t find something in Open Office, just search for the feature location online. Check out this blog: OppenOffice: 7 Things you didn’t know you could do
3. If you’re having problems with your professor or friend being able to open your document, just save it as a PDF instead. You won’t have to deal with any version or compatibility issues as a PDF.
4. Here are a couple of tricks for when professors assign papers with minimum lengths, (because I think minimum length assignments are stupid and devalue conciseness and basic educational values):
- Follow your professors rules for margins and font size, but make your periods (no more than) 1 font size bigger than the rest of your text. They won’t be able to tell, but the spacing will make your paper longer.
- Instead of using the standard double space, you can play around with the spacing options (formatting/paragraph) to add slightly more space than the standard double space between each line.
- If you have your name and date on the top of every page, always put an extra line between that info and the actual text of your paper.
- Don’t go overboard with these tips, or your professor will notice.