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Recipient cannot read Word document

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#1 debodun


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:48 AM

I sent a document in Word 97-2003 doc. format to someone to print for me. They reported back that it opened, but it was "gibberish". I asked what word processing program they used, but haven't heard back yet. Does it make a difference? It opens for me fine using Open Office. Is there any format that is "all purpose" (i.e. can be opened with any word processing program)?

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 08:39 AM

If the person did not have an Office suite installed and only used Wordpad because .doc is associated with it by default then it could possibly come out as gibberish if there was a lot of special formatting. A simple formatted document could be saved as a RTF (Rich Text Format) file. I would ask the recipient what program they used.Tell them to install something like Libre Office, Open Office or Kingsoft Office Free. I have found that Kingsoft is very good at reading Microsoft Office document. DOC format is pretty universal. Any good Word Processor program should be able to open it fine.

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