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I can't make a .doc


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#1 TheEgg

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 10:53 PM

I always see job ads that say to send Resumès as a .Doc format. I can't make one. The best I could do is Real Text Format (.Rtf) or just .Txt.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition OEM. My old computer would let me make microsoft works documents called .Wps or something like that.

So I don't know why .doc is so special. Does it have to do with windows professional? And is .Rtf good enough?

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#2 Stang777

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 11:24 PM

I believe that you need to be using Microsoft Word to make .doc files.

Notepad will open if .txt files and Wordpad opens .rtf files.

I hate sending resumes in those formats but since I do not have Microsoft Word and most employers do not have what I do, WordPerfect, I usually end up sending them that way. I usually copy my resume into an email and also send the .txt or .rtf (am never sure which is the better choice) file as an attachment.

Sites that let you upload a resume to their site have accepted mine in WordPerfect format (.wpd) though and it seems like they get it just fine.

Edited by Stang777, 01 April 2010 - 11:27 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2010 - 11:37 PM

You can download OpenOffice which is a free, open source office suite that will allow to read and write MS Office compatible files. Just make sure when you save your resume, you save it as a MS .doc file instead of OpenOffice's default file format.
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 11:45 PM

Thank you Strollin. I am downloading it now.

Do you happen to know if it includes anything in it that is similar to Excel? I think Excel comes with Microsoft Office and I cannot really tell from the website for OpenOffice if it comes with that

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 11:57 PM

Yup. Power Point and Access too.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:02 AM

Awesome, thank you so very much. Like TheEgg, I am also looking for a new job and it seems that everyone wants you to know Excel and even though I am sure I can learn it in a very little amount of time, I do not know it now since I have never used it. Hopefully I can say differently now that I am going to install OpenOffice. Thanks again.

TheEgg, sorry I kind of hijacked your thread by asking these questions.

Edited by Stang777, 02 April 2010 - 12:03 AM.


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 01:12 AM

You can also use Google docs to create Office compatible spreadsheets, documents and presentations.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:46 AM

And the free Softmaker Office is compact and effective:

http://www.softmakeroffice.com/

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:11 AM

Wordpad document available in XP is a document with the .doc extension.
Right click on desktop scroll down to new is on the dropdown.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 05:15 PM

Wordpad in XP can read Word 6.0 .doc files (with possible loss of some formatting), but as TheEgg observes, it can only save in .rtf or .txt formats.

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