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Save as .docx with OpenOffice Writer

Postby BrianLoza » Wed May 20, 2020 3:03 pm

Name: Brian Eduardo Cardenas Loza
2. Description: At the time of saving as. No ".docx" extension appears, which causes problems when opening in office Word 2016
3. Sample:

4. Step to get to the bug:
• Click at the top called file
• Save as
5. Final result: The lack of this functionality does not allow saving with the .docx extension.

6. Expected Result: That it warns that the functionality is missing and that in subsequent deliveries it will be added.

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Postby RusselB » Wed May 20, 2020 3:28 pm

Welcome to the Forums.
This is NOT a bug, as OpenOIffice does not have the coding to save in the .???x Microsoft formats.
LibreOffice has this ability, but we do not recommend using it as your default and there is no guarantee that the version of .???x that LibreOffice saves in will match what Microsoft Office would be wanting/using.
Microsoft already has, at least, two versions of the .???x formats.
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Postby John_Ha » Wed May 20, 2020 3:51 pm

You can open .docx etc files with AOO but not save them.

Neither AOO nor LO has 100% compatibility with Microsoft's non-standard use of .docx files.

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for a description of differences and for why you should always work in, and save Writer files as .odt, Calc files as .ods, Impress files as .odp etc.
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Postby JeJe » Wed May 20, 2020 4:05 pm

Word 2016 can open the native OpenOffice .odt Writer file so save as .odt, then open it in Word 2016 and save it to .docx from Word.
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Re: Save as .docx with OpenOffice Writer

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed May 20, 2020 5:05 pm

To make it clear: if you need to save in OOXML (.docx, .xlsx...), then use MS Office.
Welcome to the vendor lock-in policy.

Note: dismissing the code to save in OOXML in AOO was a decision from the dev team at that time IIRC.
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Postby esperantisto » Wed May 20, 2020 5:10 pm

RusselB wrote:Welcome to the Forums.
… there is no guarantee that the version of .???x that LibreOffice saves in will match what Microsoft Office would be wanting/using.
Microsoft already has, at least, two versions of the .???x formats.

Moreover, the release notes of LibreOffice 7.0 (so far in the alpha stage) clearly specify that it will happen:

DOCX now saves in native 2013/2016/2019 mode instead of in 2007 compatibility mode. “This mode is intended to ensure users of different versions of Microsoft Office can continue working together and documents created with older versions of Office won’t look any different when they’re opened in future versions of Office.” So this mainly benefits Word users - where documents can use more features and Word’s bugfixes since DOCX 1.0 can be applied. Although this means Word 2010 users lose out a little, Microsoft has done the same to them since 2013, and it is end-of-life before 7.0 reaches stable status. Word 2010 users should upgrade to LibreOffice. tdf#131304 tdf#123116 tdf#131121 (Justin, SIL; Miklos/Mike, Collabora; Samuel Mehrbrodt, CIB)
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