Fonts in Open Office
(This blog was written for versions of OpenOffice up to Version 3.4.0)
There are options to font display in Open Office that make it more user friendly.
Generally the Formatting Toolbar that shows the font name and font size boxes will be displayed in Open Office Writer and Calc documents.
If not showing, click on the View in the Headings and the drop down will show Toolbars. The side bar menu shows the list of tools bars that can be opened or closed by ticking or removing the tick. One of these is the Formatting Toolbar.
With the Formatting Toolbar open the Font Name box is visible with an arrow to show a drop down list of fonts.
In Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > View if you have ticked the Font History field and click OK the last five font names that have been selected for the document you are working on are shown in the top part of the combo box. This is a useful option if typing a document that contains a number of changes in fonts being used.
Another option in the Tools > Options > OpenOffice.org > View is to have the names of the fonts formatted in their respective font if you tick in the Preview in Fonts list and click OK. This makes the choice of font to be used easier than if all the fonts are listed in the same default font.
When the current document is closed the font history is cleared from the drop down list.
By ticking the drop down arrow a limited number of fonts is shown. If the first letter of the font being looked for is typed in the name box the list will immediately go to the block of fonts beginning with that name to make selection quicker than scrolling down through all the listed fonts.
Any font changes apply to the selected text or word in which the cursor is positioned. If no text has been selected, the font applies to the next text typed.