But there is one thing that I found quite vexing: inserting accented characters. In Microsoft Word, you can define shortcut keys for accented characters and simply use those shortcuts to produce an ï or an è. Not so in Writer: there is an 'Insert Special Character' dialog (which is hard to navigate to top it off), and it doesn't allow you to set keyboard shortcuts.
Which why I was very pleased to find a macro called Accentuate, which replaces character sequences like "e'" into an é. Map a keyboard shortcut to the macro, and you're done! And since the source comes with the macro, you can also add your own sequences too.
This is speeding up my text production significantly.