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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:31 pm

RusselB wrote:To summarize: OpenOffice is not 100% compatible with Microsoft Office.
The exact level of compatibility varies upon the type and complexity of the task.

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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:35 pm

RoryOF wrote:If you will regularly be interchanging documents of importance, such as business documents, with MS Office users and they are for editing by both parties, then acquire and use MS Office. There can be formatting differences and macros will not necessarily run interchangeably.

I would be very grateful to you if you just mention the files format after interchanging. I think there is a possibility to change the file formatting by using some tools. I need the formats when interchanged.
Also how do you handle such a big data for interchanging?
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby RoryOF » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:06 pm

.doc formats are rendered reasonably well, .docx are not so well supported; besides, OpenOffice cannot Save to .docx format.

You can try out some test files - it may be that you will find the OO/MS Word interchange satisfactory, but as I said, if the files and their formatting are of importance you should get MS Office.
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby John_Ha » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:26 am

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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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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:23 am

RoryOF wrote:.doc formats are rendered reasonably well, .docx are not so well supported; besides, OpenOffice cannot Save to .docx format.

You can try out some test files - it may be that you will find the OO/MS Word interchange satisfactory, but as I said, if the files and their formatting are of importance you should get MS Office.

Your explanation was satisfactory and i appreciate you for your time.
As i am new to the community, hopeful to learn and get command like you do have.
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:51 am

John_Ha wrote:See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for an explanation.

I will surely keep visiting these links time to time but is there any summarized guideline about Open Office in general?
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby John_Ha » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:20 am

Not really - it's why I wrote the tutorial. MS Word keeps on adding function, the format of .doc files keeps on changing, Microsoft sets up MS Word so that it does not use strict OOXML so things keep changing all the time.
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:00 am

Ok.
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby Villeroy » Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:58 am

You can not be fully compatible with something that refuses to be incompatible because of incompatibility as a busines model. OpenOffice has been created to overcome this problem by introducing a free and open standard. Of course OpenOffice can open a lot of foreign documents and LibreOffice does this job even better. But then you should work with the native file format of the program you are using. You would do the same with MS Office or with any other software producing documents, media, interactions.
Please, edit this topic's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: Compatibility with Microsoft Office

Postby nathandev » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:08 pm

Ok, Noted.
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