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Converting Microsoft Word to OpenOffice

Postby bbamm » Tue May 21, 2019 6:08 pm

Converting Microsoft word to Open Office. I have tried to upload a Microsoft word file 106 pages to Open Office. It reformats. I can not make the margins equal. Microsoft word in page set up were Top 1", Bottom 1", Top 1", Bottom 1". Gutters were .50 top & bottom. Paper format was width 6.00" Height 8.50". But Open office changes things, doesn't show gutters and therefore the document ends up being 127 pages. What do I do?
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Re: Converting Microsoft Word to Open Office

Postby RoryOF » Tue May 21, 2019 6:14 pm

As OpenOffice is not a clone of MS Office, you wil need to adjust your formatting in OpenOffice to give the result you require. Critical formatting is best carried out only on one computer using one application and set of fonts.
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Re: Converting Microsoft Word to Open Office

Postby bbamm » Tue May 21, 2019 6:20 pm

Thanks but I can't seem to figure out the margins on Open Office. I do not see gutters and can only find to change one page at a time. Can't seem to change whole document. Any suggestions please
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Re: Converting Microsoft Word to Open Office

Postby RoryOF » Tue May 21, 2019 6:46 pm

If your document is converted from MS Word, it is probable that it has many pages of format ConvertN style, where N ranges to the total page numbers. Verify this by /Format /Styles and Formatting (or F5 key) to open the Stylist. Press 4th icon from left to select Page Styles; use selector on bottom bar of that window to show "Applied styles". If you select any of these styles and press Delete, it will be replaced with Default page style.

You can modify the Page Styling for any Page Style and define new style by right clicking on a page style and choosing New from the popup. Margins are set on the Page Tab, and the style is named on the Organiser tab.
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