In this first tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add new colors to the default color palette of OpenOffice Writer.

I have to say, I haven’t tried this method with the other OOo tools, so you may have to try it and see if it works for them as well.

All right, let’s get straight to it. . . .

Step 1: Open Up OOo Writer
You can do this by opening up a new Text Document. And, once done, you should see this:

STEP 2: Select >> Tools > Options On The Main Bar
To do this, click the Tools Link as pictured below, and a drop down menu should open.

From that menu, at the very bottom, you should see the Options Link. Click it.

A new window will open up and look like this:

You will need to select the word “Colors” from the left hand menu. Like this:

Then the window should change to something like this:

STEP 3: Add A New Color
To do this, simply click on the “Add” button. A new window might pop open that says you already have a color with that name and to change it to a new name. If not, when you hit the “Add” button, you should see a new color swatch image show up at the bottom of the color palette list, like so:

To change the new swatch color, simply add in your own RGB or CMYB settings in the appropriate areas highlighted below:

You can also simply change the color by pressing the up/down arrows to the sides of the RGB or CMYK percentages.

When you finally get a color that you like, you will see the bottom color swatch box change:

Then, all you need to do is hit the “Modifiy” button and your color swatch will now be set to your specifications and added to the default color palette.

If you’re looking for premade color schemes, a great place to find some are at the Color Schemer Website.

While ColorSchemer is a terrific tool, it is only trial ware, and will expire. Therefore, I suggest you pick up the Color Pic tool from

Using it, you can pick up any color anywhere and have the RGB and CMYK values right there to add inside of OOo color palette.

I do hope this tutorial helped you, and be on the look out for the next one!

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