For an explanation of why you do these steps, or for more about macros, see the formatting page.
Copy the text you want and paste it into OpenOffice. (You can skip the legal info in the Gutenberg texts. It's perfectly legal to do it, as long as you remove all of it, which is easy to do.)
Tip: An easy way to select large blocks of text is to click just before where you want to begin highlighting but DO NOT hold down the mouse button. Next, scroll down to where you want to end highlighting. While holding down the Shift key, click just after where you want to highlight to. Now everything between your two clicks is highlighted. This is much faster than holding the mouse and scrolling down to highlight, when doing a large bit of text.
Select the page layout. Click "Format/Page". First, in the Page tab, set "page layout" to "mirrored" to leave a binding allowance. Next, set margins at 0.5", except the "inner" margin. That will be 0.5" plus the amount of space you need for binding. (3-hole punch: 0.5"+0.5"= 1"; Comb-punch: 0.5"+0.25"=0.75") And if you're planning to print half-size, be sure you've selected the correct paper size. (It's often called "statement", or you can define your own "user" size that is 5.5" wide and 8.5" high.)
[If you are making a macro, begin recording here. To find macros, click Tools/Macros, then record.
If you've already done this step and want to play your macro, skip down to "To play a macro later".]
1. Select all text (Click "Edit/Select All"), and make sure it stays selected through the following steps. You can always select it all again if it comes un-highlighted.
2. Fix Font. (Click "Format/Character"). I like Times New Roman, 11 point.
3. Fix Text Alignment. (Click "Format/Paragraph/Alignment"). Select "Justified". This evens up both edges of the text.
4. Fix Paragraph Indentation & Line Spacing. (Click "Format/Paragraph/Indents and Spacing"). Look through the list and find the box labeled "First line." In that box type 0.125 (1/8"), or 0.25 (1/4").
You can leave the line spacing as it is, and it's fine. If you choose to make it a bit larger, in the "Line spacing" box, select "Proportional". Then in the box to the right of that, change the percentage to 112%. (This comes out similar to WordPerfect's 1.1 line spacing.) The percentage may vary if you select a different font type and size than Times New Roman 11. (See what works best for you.)
To Remove Extra Hard Returns:
5. Select all text (still) and click "Edit/Find & Replace". In the "Search for" box type "^$" (without the quotes, of course). In the "Replace with" box type "PQVX". Next, click the "More Options" button, and select "Regular expressions." Now click "Replace all." When that's done, click ok. (The Find & Replace function sometimes takes a few minutes to run. Just wait, and a box will pop up when it's finished.)
6. Select all text again. In the "Search for" box type "$". In the "Replace with" box type one space with the spacebar. Click "Replace all", then "ok" when it's done.
7. Select all text again. In the "Search for" box type "PQVX". In the "Replace with" box, first delete the space (don't forget that step!) and then type "\n". Click "Replace all", then "ok" when it's done.
[If you were making a macro, stop recording now, and name your macro.
To play a macro later, place cursor at beginning of text, click Tools/Macro/Run Macro, select your macro, and click "Run". You should find your macro in My Macros/Standard/Module1. It may take a few minutes to run.]
Finishing touches - Many of these are optional, but doing them can make your book look just that much neater. (This order works well, so you don't have to go back and redo anything.)
You're now ready to print!