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On 11/19/2012 01:08 PM, enemy troep wrote:

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.

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
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.

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?

Many thanks in advance,


I have only had one document in docx or xlsx format cause problems with LO 3.4 and later out of many. The problem document was a graphics heavy and apparently the picture locations were not very explicit.

If you can post the document on Nabble or somewhere else and provide a link may be we see what the problem is.

I routinely create MSOX and MSO format documents that are sent to MSOffice users and have not heard any complaints.

A common practice is save an MSO file into ODF and then edit the ODF version. When finished save the edited ODF in the appropriate MSO format. This seems to avoid many problems because ODF is the native format for LO/OO.

Jay Lozier

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