September 19, 2007

Migrating from Word to Open Office format

Since I didn't want to pay $200 for Microsoft Office Pro a few years back, I loaded Open Office onto my wife's new computer. It took a little getting used to, but she's quite happy with it. Whenever someone sends her a Word document, she simply opens it in Writer, saves it as an ODF and then moves on. However, if you had lots of documents to convert, you might not want to migrate them one by one. has a script that converts a single file from Word to Write and it's an easy task to create a .bat file or a shell script file in Windows or Linux, respectively. Also, SearchEnterpriseLinux links to several 3rd party utilities to perform the same task.

Anyway, check it out, if you're so inclined.

Posted by Physics Geek at September 19, 2007 02:19 PM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

The problem I've had at work (everyone else has MS Office; I've got Open Office) is that when I open a Word document, I get all the formatting, but when I save it back, it's about 1/3 the size, and MS Word no longer has all the information it used to have about the document.

Makes it hard to work collaboratively on documents. No problem with things I generate from scratch, though. It may just be an options setting, but they've decided they should buy me a copy of MS Office so that we don't have these problems in future.

Posted by: wheels at September 19, 2007 10:40 PM