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Open Office.org V Microsoft Office Question?.


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#1 bluesjunior

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:28 PM

Installed on my PC I have an old copy of Microsoft Office 2000. I use Word for my documents and made a spreadsheet on Excel for a game I play, other than that I have I have no knowledge of using the other features of this suite such as Access, Outlook or Powerpoint.

While downloading the latest Java update I noticed an ad for a freeware program called OpenOffice.org and after Googling it found that as far as I can see it is the same sort of thing as the Office 2000 suite only newer and probably more modern.

My question is, would the Open Office.org program be better than my outdated Office 2000 Suite and would I still be able to read my word documents etc using this program or would I have to keep Office 2000 as well.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice offered.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:03 PM

Hello bluesjunior,

Yes, you will be able to open your word documents with OpenOffice. I use OpenOffice myself. You may wish to read through the following thread. While the initial post doesn't mention OpenOffice, the rest of the thread is entirely about OpenOffice. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/58782/anyone-tried-the-ms-office-2006/ The thread also contains a link to the Open Office site.

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:17 PM

Thanks for the reply and the link Orange Blossom. Answered my questions and more. I am now going to install it and uninstall the old one.
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Posted 08 March 2008 - 10:33 PM

You're welcome bluesjunior. Enjoy experimenting with it. :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:29 AM

I'm now really scared of Open Office. I have used it to open some of my documentation from Word. After editing, saving,... and I can not open the documentation any more. :thumbsup:.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 10:06 AM

When you saved the edited, original Word document using OO.o, what file type did you "save it as"? You may have saved it as an OO.o file (.odt).
I am unsure what you mean by being unable to open the file: do you get any error messages?
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Posted 09 March 2008 - 12:15 PM

kinda 'bookmarking' as I have yet to toy with Open Office on MY weee joy of my win 98se and XP systems :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 12:30 PM

The "outdated" Office 2000 suite isn't that outdated. Totally compatible with 2003 which I don't consider outdated at all :flowers:

Openoffice is very nice considering it's free and very compatible with M$ office (2000, 2003) in both directtions. It's beautifully done in that respect.
It is not, in my judgement, better than Office 2000 or 2003. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
Scrolling up and down a spreadsheet with several thousands of rows and about 50 columns is a visual nightmare. They forgot to handle "screen updating" property correctly. The whole thing is jumpy. For tiny spreadsheets is ok.

This is a showstopper for me: If you have/will have to transfer any documents or spreadsheets that contain customized toolbars, macros, or Visual Basic for Applications code, OO can't handle them at all. They plan to, that's the best news, but not even close to reality.

Sorry to spoil the party :thumbsup:




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