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compatibility of "open office" suite and Microsoft Office Suite?


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#1 alpad

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 09:04 PM

We have it on 2 of the 3 computers we have and it doesn't seem to be compatible with Word as it is said to be. When my daughter attaches her assignments to her professor it doesn't work.

It is on a refurbished Dell ( XP PRO Interl® Celeron® CPU: 2.40 GHZ, 2.39Ghz, RAM: 504 MB).

What might I try to get these programs to sync?

Thanks so much!

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 10:28 PM

Hello alpad,

When she saves the document to send to the professor, which format is she saving it in? If she saves it as the default .odt, Word won't be able to open it. In the small window by "Save as Type" she needs to click the arrow to cause the drop down menu to come up, then select the proper Word version to save it as. My version of Open Office has the following MS Word options:

MS Word 97/2000/XP (.doc)
MS Word 95 (.doc)
MS Word 6.0 (.doc)

There is also an XML version. The latest version of Open Office, version 3, is also compatible with MS Word 2007; however, I don't know how that appears in the drop down menu as I don't yet have that version of Open Office.

Once she has chosen the proper Word format, then she needs to save the document. This is the version she should submit to the professor.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 03:09 PM

In the opposite direction, she might not be able to read everything her professor sends her, depending on his version of MS Office (watch out if they try to upgrade).

The only conflict I can imagine is that the newest version of MS Office has changed the default extension of the files to .docx from the original .doc. The version of Open Office I have cannot read .docx files, but I think the latest version can. Not 100% sure on that, though.

Like Blossom said, just pick out the format for saving as the 97/2000/XP versions, and you should be fine from both ends of the spectrum.




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