OpenOffice is a software package for the new business because it is free! It also reads and writes Microsoft© Office documents. However, sometimes a little bug is harder to solve. Here we have found the solution to removing the blank page that prints in-between each letter when creating form letters with the Mail Merge Wizard. After completing a mail merge using the wizard found in the Tools -> Mail Merge Wizard menu, you have a document containing each letter. On screen the letters look like they are one page after another. Using the print preview, however, gives a more distressing sight — a blank page in between each letter. Here’s the fix to remove them.
The good news is that clicking a checkbox removes the problem. I cannot understand why a great solution such as OpenOffice would turn on this setting by default. However, you can remove the setting through the following steps. First, open the Options window using the Tools -> Options menu item.
Then, find the OpenOffice.org Writer -> Print option. Look under the Other items and uncheck the first checkbox — Print automatically inserted blank pages. See the example highlighted below.
These screenshots are from OpenOffice version 3.1 and this item was set by default. You will still need to use the Mail Merge Wizard again to remove the blank pages, but it should work.
by David Knoble, CPA, PLLC
Serving Non-Profits, Businesses & Individuals
Rock Hill, SC