Track changes from LibreOffice to MS Word--bug?

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Track changes from LibreOffice to MS Word--bug?

Postby toggle » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:41 pm

I'm having a problem with track changes behavior when moving .doc files back and forth between LibreOffice and MS Word. Here is the simplified procedure:

1. Create a document in Writer with a brief span of text. Save as .doc.

2. Turn on track changes (Edit>Changes>Record), add new text and cut some of existing text. All changes are indicated with new color, underline/strikethrough. Save again.

3. Open file in MS Word. Inserted text appears in a slightly different size; deleted text is neither deleted nor struckthrough. There is no color highlighting.

So far, this doesn't seem right. Also, the file comes into Word with "Show>Insertions & Deletions" unticked (unlike docs created in Word that have tracked changes), though toggling this makes no difference. And there's more…

4. Go back to LibreOffice, add a comment to the doc (Insert>Comment). Save.

5. Open again in Word. The comment appears as it should, and now all the text from steps 1 and 2 is the same font and size--changes aren't indicated at all. Also, if "Show>Insertions & Deletions" is toggled now, the changes show properly, but each time the doc is opened in Word anew, this setting is off by default.

Am I missing some preference setting or other workflow behavior here? While I've come across many different track changes questions, none seem to address this, and the only bug I've found that is related appears to have been dismissed (

Version info: LibreOffice (the problem has persisted through the last couple of releases I've used; maybe since 3.3 or so? I don't remember exactly), MS Word for Mac 2004, running on OS X 10.5.8 and OS X 10.6.8.


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Re: Track changes from LibreOffice to MS Word--bug?

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:16 pm

Haven't checked but basically, if you need to work with .doc, then keep working with MS Office. Remember that .doc import/export filters have been reverse engineered, hence some flaws, especially with complex features like track changes.
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