thanks for trying to help. With this version of OO, the problem has become highly annoying. Exporting from odt to rtf (I prefer working in odt, and exporting, as TheGurkha suggested) causes the file to lose paragraph formatting. I could live with that, but it gets worse: Repairing paragraph formatting in the rtf file does not help. On saving and reopening, the paragraph format is lost AGAIN.
I'm a writer submitting stories, and publishers routinely want rtf-files. They want them in Courier New, double spaced (standard manuscript format) and in no other format. Sometimes, they even put authors on a blacklist for not submitting in correct format.
Ultimately this means: Until there is a way to format rtf correctly within OpenOffice, or exporting to rtf from a perfectly fine odt document is handled correctly, I won't be able to use Open Office for creating correct rtf-files to submit. In other words, OO becomes useless to me, and I have to revert to the help of another certain office product. That's a shame, because I love OO and have been recommending it to a lot of my writing friends.
We all don't want this. So please, please, developing community, take a look at rtf-converting and handling, because I want to keep using my favorite Office program.
OpenOffice 3.1.1 on Windows XP