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Hi :)
Yes, MSO formats are tricky.  MS keep changing the spec without changing
the name.  I find the best work-around is to use the older MS formats
Doc instead of DocX
Xls instead of XlsX
Ppt instead of PptX
and so on.

In LibreOffice you can set the default to be these older formats and i
think i am going to do that with the machine i am about to prepare for
reception in the company i work for.
Tools - Options - Load/Save - General
then at the bottom of the page there are 2 drop-downs.  Set the bottom one
to MS ... 97/2000/Xp.  Then change the one just above it to soreadsheets or
whatever the next one is and change the bottom drop-down to use the older
MS format for that one too.  Not all the modules/apps/programs in
LibreOffice have equivalents in MS Office so for those i would probably
stick with ODF.

Ahh, i just set the format to the older MSO ones and it just saves without
opening a pop-up asking if i really want to use MS ones rather than ODF.
That seems like a good plan for now but i might change that in a month or
few.  Generally it is better to use ODF by default and only use MS ones
temporarily but i need to give them a bit of time where they don't have to
deal with these issues.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 8 August 2014 17:39, Joel Madero <> wrote:

I really just got a little laugh (not following the thread generally) but:

Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote on 8/8/2014 9:59 AM:

Everything really depends on you neighbors' needs, and wants.  You need
to discuss with them what they want our of the software packages you
install for them.

Not my neighbors! They want to be able to open DOC files, write letters,
maybe do a simple spreadsheet. So compatibility with MSO files is

Software should be transparent.

Having "software should be transparent" next to "be able to open DOC files"
(doc of course being closed source proprietary software for years
controlled by a company who is anything but transparent) reads a bit
comical :)

Again - not following the thread generally and purposely am avoiding
further comment. Just got a little kick out of this particular email :) Not
that I disagree that interoperability is super important - I'd say equally
important is convincing our neighbors that there are alternatives that are
indeed transparent, functional, and easy to use (odf of course).



*Joel Madero*
LibreOffice QA Volunteer

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