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Hi :)
Yes, when you are working on a document Writer treats it as a Odt.  

That is 1 reason why people recommend keeping "an original" in Odt and then only export to Doc or 
other formats when you need to share the document with other people on systems that don't have any 
of the non-MS Office Suites or programs.

Other programs behave the same way.  When you save in a non-native format it does a translation 
into that format.  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Sina Momken <>
Sent: Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 20:55
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Does LO Writer converts (internally) any format other than .odt to 
.odt when it wants to open such files?


As I've described my story before I've already written many parts of my
thesis with LO Writer and now I'm finalizing it using LO Writer. However
because the original format of my University template was in .doc format
I've already saved my current work as a .doc file. I did this for the
compatibility with MS Word in mind, but as my work expanded I found some
incompatibilities between LO Writer and MS Word especially in their
Numbering system and so I shifted to LO Writer system completely, but I
still save my work in .doc format.

However during my work with .doc format I found out that after closing
and reopening the file, some very minor things don't save correctly and
each time I have to fix them manually.
Additionally, I noticed that when I save my work in a .doc file it shows
"Exporting document..." in status-bar and when I open the same .doc file
it shows "Importing document..." message. These import and export
messages bring the idea in mind that LO Writer internally converts any
format to .odt format when it wants to open them and vice versa during save.

Now I want to know that whether this is true? I mean does LO Writer
converts files to .odt when it tries to open them or it can directly
work with formats other than .odt like .doc and .docx?

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