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Hello Derry, 

On Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:33:50 +0000
Derry Birse <> wrote:

We are looking at OpenOffice as a potential corporate tool, however we have
run into some issues relating to our company templates. We have several
document templates that will not convert and give the error "This is not a
WinWord97 file". These files open in Word 97 without a problem.

The templates in question do have VB macros and we do not expect these to
work, however documentation would suggest that these files should at least
open and/or convert to odf format, even if they lose the macros.

I have attached a sample, can anyone help with this issue.

I'm sorry, but your attachment didn't reach the list. (Attachments aren't allowed). Can you upload 
the file somewhere and post the link here? So anyone who's willing to help can go to the place and 
download it directly. 

Also, it would be useful to know which operating system and which version of LibreOffice you're 
running. And what did you do when you tried to open the file? Just a double click in the file 
manager on the document name? Or did you go through the "menu process" in LibreOffice (file > 

Please be as specific as you can, so that it is possible for us to help you solve your problem. 



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