My documents tend to be *really* basic in terms of formatting.
Typically, they are either legal or academic style papers. I'm a heavy
user of paragraph styles and won't work without them.
I tend to do my entire document as an .odt and then at the end convert
to .doc as necessary. I'd use the paragraph styles, but I would avoid
LO specific methods.
Another option is a shareware word processor called Atlantis. It's a
lightweight clone of pre 2007 Word (e.g., no ribbon) with a $35.00
registration. I often use it when Word compatibility is paramount. It
does nearly everything *exactly* like Word. I honestly don't know why
MS hasn't sued them, it's that close. It doesn't support tables, but
other than that, it will handle simple formats very well and will
produce a result that Word should read fairly well.
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Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 5:38 PM
To: Tom Davies
Cc: Virgil Arrington ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LibreOffice paragraph styles exported
to other software/formats?
Thanks, Tom, Virgil.
If I wanted to use different text body styles throughout I would
probably have made new styles and called them text body 1, 2, etc.
Luckily nothing like that is needed in this case. But I have created my
simple template with basic paragraph and page styles.
So, in trying to process the information in both of your replies, I feel
I now have two options: (1) Keep with the MS formats (.docx, but .doc if
possible) and format with minimal use of LO's special features (even so,
I'd rather use styles than format everything manually), (2) Start a
blank .odt and copy and paste my article content and load the styles
from my template and save to doc later (and maybe then to docx on a
Which method do you think would give the best results? The priority is
for the finished pieces to look consistent in MS Word... and also allow
other people to edit the .docs in Word with minimal quirky things
Thanks for all this advice.
On 26/08/13 21:18, Tom Davies wrote:
If you can use MS Office to do some final proof-reading then you are
unlikely to have any problems.
We have been assuming that is not possible and that would make the
final outcome uncertain. Being able to quickly scroll through before
sending it out into the world kinda eliminates that uncertainty.
If you can keep all your 'originals' in Odt format and then at the
end convert to Doc format then you should find that there are no
Virgil seems to be talking about a very specific set of styles or
method of using styles. He is talking about changing styles (such as
changing the font of "text body") on different pages within the same
document. If you need to do that it might be worth creating
duplicates of the styles and then modifying the duplicates? I'm not
sure how to deal with that but Virgil has probably found a
work-around if needed.
I would keep copies of photos/images/art/logos near the original Odts
just in case you do run into problems. LO does have an extremely
rare intermittent bug that is difficult to pin down but seems to be
getting rarer and rarer as code clean-up goes on. You know that you
can rename files from .Odt or .DocX to .Zip and then double-click to
see the Xml coding inside along with folders for various things such
as images. Sometimes it can be a neat way to fix problems but it's a
bit risky. The Xml tags and such are very different in the 2 formats
so just renaming .Odt to .DocX might create fairly serious problems.
Stick with the "Save As ...". the Doc format doesn't open in that
way and doesn't hold images in an image format which is another
reason i suggest keeping a copy of images nearby.
Also i have sometimes found that mysterious things happen during the
course of a Word document. So to save myself a lot of time i tend to
start with a fresh new Odt and then use
Ctrl Shift v
to paste in "unformatted text" and then apply styles (and maybe
modfied the styles after to watch the mod ripple through the
document). Occasionally i have wanted to "just do something quickly"
and then been frustrated by some weird bit of insane MS formatting
that just keeps throwing up problems until i relent and do the "start
again from scratch" approach which has then typically taken just a
few minutes even if the problem seemed intractable.
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I can probably alter any lists when I work in an MS environment at the
final stage of formatting.
Regarding page formatting — I'm wondering if I use slightly more
advanced features of LibreOffice to get my results whether it would
cause more problems when working in Word. I am trying to keep the
process relatively simple. The articles only need to have consistent
fonts and spacing and perhaps one page break for the bibliographies. I
have starting created a LibreOffice template with customised paragraph
styles and some changes to the page style. I was planning to apply this
to the .docs. As long as 90% or so of my formatting would transfer to
Word, I don't mind making some manual adjustments at that stage.
On 26/08/13 13:00, Virgil Arrington wrote:
In my experience, most paragraph styles tend to translate well to
MS-Word formats. However, I've had problems with the alignment of
automatic numbering and/or bullets. LO and MSW seem to align them
One bigger difference, however, is the way the two formats handle page
formatting. LO uses page styles to change formatting from one page to
another, whereas Word does not. It uses section breaks to make such
page formatting changes, and I've found discrepancies in translating
page formatting between the two.
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Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 1:38 PM
To: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [libreoffice-users] LibreOffice paragraph styles exported to
Apologies if this is a basic question. I've been given some
format according to certain style guidelines. The files are mostly
and .doc and must be sent off in this format. I work only with
LibreOffice. My questions is, if I format the articles using paragraph
and page styles rather than just directly changing the format in the
body of the document, will the formatting be maintained when the
documents are opened in MS Office? I am not concerned with small
discrepancies that can be tweaked later on, rather whether this method
of formatting generally transfers well. Again, sorry if it's a silly
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