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Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:10 pm
by Syncmanatl
Downloaded a template, available as Word or PDF file, from Online Labels. It opens fine as a pdf in the PDF reader that I have, but no editing permitted on free versions. The Word file opens as 15 pages of code? What am I missing/doing wrong?

http://www.onlinelabels.com/Templates/O ... t-word.htm

This particular size is only available as word or PDF.

Re: Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:09 pm
by Villeroy
Show us the file.

Re: Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:11 pm
by RoryOF
Villeroy wrote:Show us the file.

Or give us a link to it.

Re: Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:09 pm
by keme
Which type of label is the template for? It seems to me that for most of their label layouts they have OpenOffice templates available for download.

If you find the Avery equivalent, you could also use the label wizard integrated in Writer (File - New - Labels).

Re: Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:06 pm
by acknak
The downloadable file (ol1245.doc) is not actually a .doc file--at least it's not a standard one. It's a bare xml document (not .docx) encoded as UTF-16 ("Unicode" in OO Writer's character encoding list).

LibreOffice will open it but the result does not appear to be useful. At least it doesn't look anything like a sheet of labels.

Probably easiest to just make your own label document.

Re: Convert .DOC to .ODT? new to this.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:01 am
by keme
I believe a simple workaround is to use a template for a similar setup with 1" square labels and 0.2" cell margins. The OL5425 should fit, but in my opinion that template is badly made (just a table, where cells will expand to fit content). See my attachment with locked cell size. For optimal utilization of label area I created graphics with a label sized hole in the middle, and wrap to contour. That is what you find on the first page. (First cell's graphics are visible, so you know what I am talking about. The circle cutout graphics are there in the other cells too, but invisible so they won't print.) Second page may be easier to work with but will not utilize label area optimally (cell margins are set to 0.2", so text will use the area of an inscribed square, approximately). Dummy text inserted to show label utilisation.

Please note: The sheet size is "Letter" in my attachment. I can't find any size reference on their pages, so I used the settings from the OL5425 template I mentioned above. If you have A4 sheets (or other), you may need to adjust page margins for good fit, but otherwise I believe it to be useable (haven't tested it on an actual label sheet, though. That will be a task for you :) ).

Note also that I have saved it as a document (so it does not mess up your editing). Take what you can use from it, delete the rest, and save as template if that's what you prefer to work with.