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Word processor Basics

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Welcome to the tutorial on Wordprocessor Basics

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Learning Objectives

In this tutorial we will learn : Using Libre Office with Orca screen reader

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System Requirements

To record this tutorial, I am using: Orca screen reader on Ubuntu 12.04 Operating System. Libre office

Start Orca

Press alt + f2 to get to the run dialog and enter Orca.

Go to applications menu
  • Press alt + f1
  • Keep pressing the down arrow till you locate the office sub menu.
  • Open the sub menu

Locate Libre Office
  • Press the up arrow till you locate the Libre office word processor
  • Hit enter.
  • We hear Orca telling us that Libre office writer is opened
  • It is opened with a blank document.
  • The actual name of the word processor is "Libre Office Writer".

Actually, Orca did tell us that the document is called Untitled1.

Formatting in Libre office

Suppose we are writing report on Orca screen reader.

Lets see how text can be aligned in the document.
  • Let's create a title for our report.
  • A heading is generally aligned to the center
  • Text for a title is mostly in bold letters.
So let's do it for our document as well.
  • Press Control + e to switch into center alignment mode.
  • As you heard, Orca responded by saying "centered on".
  • Similarly you can press control + r for right alignment,
  • control + L for left alignment and control + j for justified.
  • Note that this is a keyboard shortcut for the word processor
  • This is not an Orca command.
  • Yet the change in the alignment is reported to us by Orca
  • Now whatever you type will appear at the center.
Make it Bold
  • We will also turn on the bold lettering mode.
  • For this we will press control + b.
  • There you are, Orca responded by telling us that the bold mode is on.
Other formats
  • Similarly you can underline text by pressing control + u
  • italicize text by pressing control + i.
  • These commands are toggles.
  • This means pressing the control + b will toggle on status off
Create a Title
  • Lets write "Orca, a FOSS based screen reader"
  • Hit enter 2 times to create some blank space.

Now we are going to write the actual content.
  • Let's shift to left alignment.
  • Press Control + l.
  • You heard Orca telling us that the center alignment mode is off
  • Now the text we type will be aligned left.
  • This means that every line will start from the left margin.
  • Lets type some introductory matter to our report -

"Orca is a screen reader for GNU/Linux based desktop. Just like the Operating System, Orca is also free. It comes bundled with most Distributions of GNU/Linux such as

  • Ubuntu
  • Fedora
  • Debian "

Now what if we want to confirm our text formatting and alignment?

Well, Orca has a keyboard command for this too.

Let's try asking Orca to tell us the format of our heading.

Press up arrow till you hear our first line that says "Orca, a FOSS based screen reader".

  • To be on the safer side, Press the Home key to be at the start of line.
  • To hear the formatting information we press Insert + f
  • Laptop users will have to replace insert with caps-lock.
  • Wow, so Orca tells us that the current word in focus is aligned center
  • The size of the text is 12 point and that it is bold.
Increase the font size of this line to make it look more evident.

Go through the tutorial on cut, copy and paste with orca you will remember that

  • We used the command Shift + End to select a line.
  • So lets use that same command here.
  • As you heard, Orca informs us that the line is selected.

  • Now press the popup button on your computer.
  • Between the right side control and alt key .
  • Now what we have is a popup menu which provides us many options.
  • Keep pressing the down arrow till we reach Size option.
  • Now hit the right arrow to open the sub menu.
  • Keep pressing down arrow until you hear 14 as the size.
  • Now hit enter to set this size.
Format information
  • Press the down arrow once and come back to the previous line using up arrow.
  • Now press insert + f.
  • So Orca now tells us the formatting information
  • We can figure out that the font size has indeed changed!
Finally, let's save the file.
  • You can open the file menu by pressing Alt + f
  • Then locate the 'Save' button.
  • This is what we did in the copy paste tutorial.
Shortcut for Save

Press Control + s to open the save dialog.

Default name
  • The default file name is Untitled1 .
  • Since it is selected, we can press Backspace once to delete that name
  • Now type whatever name pleases you.
  • I will enter “Orca_report” in this case.
Default Format
  • The default format is ODT meaning Open Document Text .
  • We can save it in different formats which outside the scope of this tutorial.
  • Hit Enter to confirm the name and save the file.

Quit word processor

Go to file menu and press the up arrow to find the exit option.

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So in this tutorial we have seen : Orca helps us to make neatly formatted documents.

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