Discuss the word processor


Postby nite hawk » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:01 am

I wrote my book in a very old Microsoft word program and now am working on formatting in open office writer as It seems more stable.. when I want to save something it asks me if I want to "save in current format" or "ODF" can anyone tell me the difference between the two formats, and which is the best format to save in??
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Postby FJCC » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:18 am

ODF (Open Document Format) defines the native formats for documents in OpenOffice. You should save in that format. If there is a reason that you have to export to another format, first complete and save the document in the ODF format and then export another version, using File -> Save As, in the other format. The layout of the document may not be preserved perfectly in a foreign format. If you just need to export the document for others to read, export as a PDF file (menu File -> Export as PDF), which will preserve the formatting.
Microsoft Office claims to read and write ODF documents but I do not know how successfully.
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Postby John_Ha » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:25 am

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for why you should always work in and save files as .odt.
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See the Writer Guide, the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials and Writer for students.

Remember: Always save your Writer files as .odt files. - see here for the many reasons why.
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