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AbiWord Portable FAQ
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After installing AbiWord, all files I had created with wordpad have been changed to AbiWord files
|After installing AbiWord, all files I had created with Wordpad have been changed
to AbiWord files and now open with AbiWord even though they are still .doc files.
What has happened is that the program associated with the .doc extension has been changed
from Wordpad (or Word) to AbiWord in the Windows registry (IIUC). This commonly happens
during the installation of AbiWord because there is an option selected by default to do this.
|How can I make AbiWord save my files in MS Word (*.doc) format by default?
This works on Windows XP, Windows 2000, and any other WinNT descendant (like server 2003,
To change what format AbiWord saves in, you should:
Abiword.Profile can be found in the library folder of your user account: ~/library/Application
The variation 'DefaultSaveFormat=".rtf"' is possible.
|What's the point of AbiWord? Why should I bother? How does it compare with
MS Word, OpenOffice.org, etc?
AbiWord may be the best word processor on Linux. In addition, it is a cross platform word
processor, so it can be used as a Linux advocacy tool -- get Windows users started on AbiWord
on Windows (if necessary), then as you try to move them to Linux they won't have to change
AbiWord is evolving to become closer to a Word workalike but Word doesn't run on Linux (except
in a Windows emulation environment like Wine), therefore a word processor like AbiWord is
needed in Linux.
OpenOffice.org and Star Office by Sun Microsystems are alternatives that also work on both
Windows and Linux, but they are too large and over-complicated for some people's tastes.
|How do I create PDF document from AbiWord?
On Windows, the easiest way to create a PDF is to use a PDF printer driver. These programs
create a virtual printer that can be selected while printing, allowing you to create PDFs from any
program that has print functionality. Some of the more common printer drivers are:
PDFCreator , a free (licensed under the GNU GPL) printer driver that allows you to create PDFs,
postscript files, and images (e.g. PNG and TIFF, among others).
Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer and Adobe Acrobat Distiller, two printer drivers that come with Adobe
products and may already be installed on your computer.
There are quite a number of options for producing PDF output on Unix systems, some of which
Gnome-print, a Gnome library that's utilized in Gnome-enabled builds of AbiWord (i.e. built with
MacOS X offers native support for PDF creation.
Choose Save As from the print dialog.
|How can I start AbiWord with a given font and fontsize?
Modify the normal template (normal.awt) or create your own customized template, generally as
Open a new AbiWord window
To use the new template (if named other than normal.awt):
Unless specified otherwise, all new files opened are based on the normal template, so if you
You can experiment further from here. You can create templates with different names for
|Does AbiWord have any support for footnotes and/or endnotes?
Yes, in versions 2.0 and later. The 1.0.x release series does not have footnote/endnote support.
To insert a footnote or endnote, open the 'Insert' menu and click 'Footnote' or 'Endnote'
accordingly. To change the style of your footnotes and endnotes, open the 'Format' menu and
click 'Footnotes and Endnotes'. You can change id schemes (numerals, letters, etc), parenthetical
notation, numbering schemes, and so forth.
|Why is my text overwritten as I type?
Users will sometimes experience an issue where AbiWord seems to be deleting existing text while
entering new text. This is usually caused by accidentally switching to Overwrite mode. Hitting the
"Insert" key toggles between Insert and Overwrite mode. The indicators "INS" or "OVR" will
appear in the AbiWord status bar to let you know which mode you are in. In more recent versions
of Abiword the cursor will also change colour to Red as this helps make it even clearer that
something has changed.
In insert mode, new text is inserted at the cursor.
In overwrite mode, new text begins overwriting any existing text, punctuation, spaces, etc. to