What OS? If Windows, I'd consider uninstalling and reinstalling Java.
OOo seems to have random luck. Some people find that the program is absolutely perfect for their use. Others (like me) find parts of it (like Base) useful, while others tend to glitch over heavily formatted Word documents.
If I were on the Mac platform, and I didn't need to worry that much about Word format compatibility, I'd go with iWork. For the tasks it does, it is an extremely good Office-category package.
Last edited by mlts22; 11-02-09 at 05:35 PM.