The 72 dpi restriction actually applies to digital use, not print. - The quote thing doesn’t seem to be working yet, but this is from joesax.
If you printed something at 72dpi, it’d look terrible. Really terrible. So the restriction, in practice, applies to both.
DPI is not affected by resizing. Only the dimensions (width/height) are. So, say an 800x600 image at 72 dpi, will still be at 72dpi if you change the dimensions. The width/height will change, the DPI won’t (unless you manualy change it when resizing).
If it looks good in Open Office, save it and then open it in Irfanview. Go to the “image size” menu command and you should see that the dimensions have changed, but the DPI hasn’t.
Alternatively, if this is a one-off thing, download a trial copy of Adobe Photoshop CS2 (fully functional for 30 days) from adobe.com and resize it there - Image>Image size and choose “bicubic sharper” as the engine. Just enter in the new dimensions and leave the DPI as is.
To repeat - changing the width and height only DOES NOT change the dpi.