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Open Office on Mint /converting odf-doc

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Hi, as I am a happy Open Office user on Mint, doing a lot of my stuff (writing my PhD thesis etc) on Mint with OO, I am thinking about using Mint 10/resp. Ubuntu 10.10 also on my workplace PC. Nevertheless, as you might know, there are some small changes when converting odf files to doc or when opening files written with OO in doc format on WIN. Mostly small things like footnotes or footer/header getting slightly replaced, but nevertheless I wanted to ask if anybody knows whether there is a solution making those fully convertible or if such stuff still has to be fixed manually?
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You can make OO by default save files in doc, ppt ... I am not quite sure if this is what you are asking for.

Open OO > Tools > Options
Load/Save > General > Text document > Always save as //Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP//
Load/Save > General > Spreadsheet > Always save as //Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP//
Load/Save > General > Presentation > Always save as //Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP//

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Re: Open Office on Mint /converting odf-doc

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Thx for the answer, but my question was : if I write anything on Open Office within a document (odf ord doc9) some parts as header-footer, footnotes etc. tend to change place slightly when I open those documents in MS Office. Is there any way I can get a page set up in OO looking exactly the same as before after opening in a WIN environment? Without the footnotes/ header footer changing place etc.

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You would be better asking this question at the open office support site
[Edit] your original post and add [SOLVED] once your question is resolved.

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Re: Open Office on Mint /converting odf-doc

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One thing that might help is to use Microsoft fonts, eg. Georgia, verdana, Times Roman, when creating the odt document before conversion/saving to ms doc format (word97 compatible)

As well as paying particular attention to styles...
http://www.pcc-services.com/tutorials/OOo_styles_3.html
http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/styles/
http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/ ... _headings/

http://www.taming-openoffice-org.com/ne ... page_id=23
http://www.linuxjournal.com/magazine/op ... oft-office
  • --comparison settings for OpenOffice and Ms word ..
It may also be better to convert to PDF, which should load the fonts used in a more complete manner ( I think), unless the backward school you attend is insisting on getting documents in ms Word fomat, instead of a more open or portable format such as *.pdf

You could also consider other oss or free office suites, such as neoffice (if you use a MAC) or possibly Google docs..
http://neowiki.neooffice.org/index.php/ ... Comparison

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