thank you lgusaas, you are an angel, and a fellow canuck i see! *waves*
openoffice seems to have downloaded fine(yay!), but a particular file that was created on a pc that i was hoping to manipulate on my mac, is still un-formating itself with openoffice...i see there are add on type thingeys, is there one i should instal? is there a thread about such things that you can send me to? i don't know if it's cause macs don't have wingdings, whatever those are (iwork 06 made a fuss about that deficit, so i wondered if that was why it unformated there-so i did try and understand, but they seemed to cost 80 bucks, and my buck stopped there) the whole thing is making my poor brain melt, and 2am-ness is prolly not helping lol.
any thoughts or links would be lovely (sorry if i shouldn't be asking this here :S )
*puts melty brain to bed*