In order to enjoy the benefits of OpenOffice, you will need to download it and install it on your computer. There are two ways to get the free OpenOffice software. You can either install it directly from the official website or you can purchase a copy from a reseller. Downloading it from the official website is the most convenient way but you have to make sure that you are downloading the latest version since the first versions of OpenOffice were not as user friendly as their later versions.
When you download the application, you will be asked if you want to install it right away or just to run it for the first time. Since you don't have to install it right away, you can choose the second option. Run the program for the first time by choosing the icon. This should be available immediately after you download the OpenOffice software. Now you can install it onto your computer and install all the programs that you want to use with it. You can then begin using it with a click of the mouse.
Just like any other software, you should be able to install the application on your computer. However, you need to first check whether the application was installed properly by checking the application folder where you installed the application. If there is an error with the installation process, you can revert back to the first step and fix the error manually. Be careful when using the application since it can easily delete files on your computer. Be very careful before installing any program. You will get an idea about OpenOffice if you continue using it for some time. You should be able to fix the errors in the application and be able to create your first document with it in a short period of time.