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enemy troep schrieb:

A girlfriend of mine was tired of windows and installed the latest Linux
Mint on her netbook, which comes with libre office.
Although Libre is working generally well, she noticed a problem when
working with Docx and Doc.
If the original file is made in LO, both LO and MS office can change it
without problems.
If the original file is made in MS office, then changed in LO, then MS
office can no longer read it.

If you have an older MS office, than you should use doc-format. The export of docx has some bugs. If you can use a MS office 2013, than you can use odt-format.

Which MS Office is used? Can you provide such documents which are OK in LibreOffice but do not open in MS Office?

After googling, it seems to be a bug in the later versions of LO / Open
We tried to locate a debian based LO of version 3.4 or earlier, but without

For older versions portable versions are useful, because they need no installation. This might help too, if the PCs at school have only MS Office installed.

All links are either dead, or link to the latest version.
Coincidentally, we fail to install Open Office (in the hope their product
does not have this problem)
even after following multiple tutorials to remove LO first before
installing OO.

You can ask on

Obviously, not being able to interact with documents from MS office is not
an option when the
netbook is to be used at school. If we can't solve this, she will have to
return to Windows just for the
sake of being able to share documents with other (non-technical) students.

How can we solve this?

Keep it simple. Do not use nested tables and frames. This is especially important in MS Word. People tend to put everything into tables and frames, because they do not know how to indent paragraphs or how to use tabulators in Word.
Do not use the new kind of formula editor of Word, more details if needed.

Please provide documents which convert bad. Those are needed to increase interoperability.

Kind regards

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