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    Default libre office compatibility

    Ok. So, I already finished my report for my homework. I save the report as docx as extension. But when I open the report on the ms office word, it turns out that the paragraph and allign in the report is messy. But when I opened the libre office writer, the paragraph looks fine. Any solution in this problem? I'm using libre office 4.3 and opensuse 13.2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mki View Post
    Ok. So, I already finished my report for my homework. I save the report as docx as extension. But when I open the report on the ms office word, it turns out that the paragraph and allign in the report is messy. But when I opened the libre office writer, the paragraph looks fine. Any solution in this problem? I'm using libre office 4.3 and opensuse 13.2.
    if it is finished then save it as a .pdf. It'll look the same no matter where you view it then.

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    On 2014-11-26 11:26, mki wrote:
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    > Ok. So, I already finished my report for my homework. I save the report
    > as docx as extension. But when I open the report on the ms office word,
    > it turns out that the paragraph and allign in the report is messy. But
    > when I opened the libre office writer, the paragraph looks fine. Any
    > solution in this problem? I'm using libre office 4.3 and opensuse 13.2.


    Open a bug with ms-office...

    Or try save/load as odt. You may need another plugin in word.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mki View Post
    But when I open the report on the ms office word, it turns out that the paragraph and allign in the report is messy...
    I'm using libre office 4.3 and opensuse 13.2.
    Generally speaking, compatibility of LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 (current in oS 13.2) is quite good, if you don't use strange table or floating boxes etc..
    Maybe you didn't set any custom "paragraph style" in your document, so LO takes the "default" style.
    MSO reads "no paragraph style", sets it own "default" style that is very likely different from the LO one.
    I would suggest opening the document in MS Office (since you appear to have one) and adjusting the "default paragraph" to your liking.
    And possibly setting up your two office suites with identical "default" document styles of your liking.

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    Maybe even try saving it as the older .doc and open in Office...?

    A few questions:
    1. Why are you creating it in LibreOffice but opening it in Word in the first place? If you have/need Word, just use that no?
    2. What version of MS Office are you using - 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013/365?

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    Default Re: libre office compatibility

    Note you have to tell to save to the format not just slap an extension on.

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    Yes.
    And to easily set your defaults go to Tools > Options > Load/Save > General. Then for each document type you want (text document, spreadsheet, presentation, etc) change the Always Save as option to whatever you'd like. Mine are set to the Microsoft 2007/2010/2013 XML ones for example. This makes it much easier for me as I don't have to choose the document type each time.

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    On 2014-11-26 17:56, EmpireITtech wrote:

    > - Why are you creating it in LibreOffice but opening it in Word in the
    > first place? If you have/need Word, just use that no?


    The typical answer is that you are preparing a document for somebody
    else. For instance, I don't have word, but some people want/require I
    send my documents in word.

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    as good as the LibrOffice filters are the doc format is better supported then docx, I've read it somewhere else that if you need to send a file to an MS Office user from Libre your best choice is the old binary doc, and embed the font as most windows boxes don't come with free fonts the lack of the real font might distort the document.

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    On Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:36:01 +0000, I A wrote:

    > as good as the LibrOffice filters are the doc format is better supported
    > then docx, I've read it somewhere else that if you need to send a file
    > to an MS Office user from Libre your best choice is the old binary doc,
    > and embed the font as most windows boxes don't come with free fonts the
    > lack of the real font might distort the document.


    RTF is also generally a good option for compatibility with Word.

    Jim



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