Losing formatting when saving as .doc

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Losing formatting when saving as .doc

Postby jrobbie82 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:13 am

I'm having a problem regarding saving an openoffice writer document as a Word .doc document and losing formatting.

I'm a student and have been writing papers, as i'm writing the paper, i'll just save it as an .odt document as I go along.
When I go to submit my paper, my teachers request it in .doc format. I'll have my paper "ready to go", and i'll have changed the margin sizes and inserted the header to put the title and page number.

Then when I save it as a .doc file, it appears to be okay, so close out of the program. However, when I open the document back up, my margins, header, title/page number, all gone... (It's like this opening the document back up in openoffice as I do not have MS Office installed on my PC)

Can anyone tell me how to fix this??? Very frustrating.
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Re: Losing formatting when saving as .doc

Postby RoryOF » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:16 am

There is no certain fix; you might try AbiWord to see if its .doc support is better. It may also be that your college offer a special deal on MS Word.
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Re: Losing formatting when saving as .doc

Postby esperantisto » Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:43 pm

Can you share a sample document? Normally, paper size and margins are kept well when exporting a document to Word DOC. So are headers/footers except for one particular case: when you use the First Page style for, yes, your first page. If this is the case, try making a manual page break after the first page (with the Default or any other required style) instead of allowing smooth text flow.
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Re: Losing formatting when saving as .doc

Postby floris v » Thu Oct 06, 2011 2:05 pm

If you used the First Page page style to get different headers on your first and other pages, you will lose headers in conversion to Word. Margins should be kept though.
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Re: Losing formatting when saving as .doc

Postby acknak » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:44 pm

This looks like the same topic as viewtopic.php?f=7&t=42191
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