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Hi :)
Mark raises a good point.  It's worth migrating rather than switching.

LibreOffice works well alongside MS Office and it's good to have both on
most computers for a while.  A migration means people are still able to use
the more familiar system for a while if they really need to and it gives
them time to become more familiar with the newer system at their own pace.

There are various optimum routes for this.  One of my favourite routes is
to start by leaving MS Office as the default for their formats but keep
LibreOffice as the default for ODF.  As they get more and more ODFs they
find themselves using LibreOffice more and more, naturally.  Maybe also set
LibreOffice to be the default for the older MS format too (the doc, xls,
ppt etc).  After that phase has shown a few people they can right-click on
a file to "Open with" something other than the default then switch it over
so that LibreOffice is the default for all types of documents.

Some people say that letting people default into their familiar old system
means that many wont ever try the new system.  However some people will try
it and those people will be handy for the next phase - as they will
probably have already found out answers to the problems the
stick-in-the-muds manage to find.

Of course the Microsoft world tends to push people into switching by
forcing them to get rid of (or 'upgrade from') the system they are familiar
with.  Then productivity drops and users can be blamed for not learning the
new way.  Then many of the new users resent the new system and grumble
about how much better the old one was and push for it to be resurrected.

I think the switching route is a bit rude tbh.  I don't see why people have
to have their toys snatched away like that.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 15 September 2014 19:30, Mark Bourne <> wrote:

Paul Auger wrote:

Hi all.

We are brand new to Libre. We are used to MS office. Is there a "cheat
sheet" that says "If you do this in office these here the steps you need
take to do the same thing in Libre?"

Not sure about that; hopefully others can help there.

I've always found LibreOffice very similar to MS Office (at least up to MS
Office 2003, before they introduced those "ribbon" toolbars). About the
only thing that kept catching me out was that Format > Page in LibreOffice
was at File > Page Setup in MS Office. Opposite way round to you though -
having got used to LibreOffice, I always had to think about where to find
the page formatting options in MS Office! (and it never did make sense that
page formatting was on the File menu when character and paragraph
formatting were on a Format menu...)

 Also we have noticed that when we
import documents especially those with tables the formatting  is altered.
any advice?

For various reasons, the older MS Office .doc, .xls and .ppt formats
generally import into LibreOffice better than the newer .docx, .xlsx and
.pptx formats. So if your files are in those newer formats, try using MS
Office to save them into the older format (File > Save As and choose the
older format, probably called something like "Microsoft Office 2003", for
the "Save as type" option). Then import that older-format file into

It does mean you need MS Office to do the conversion, but a medium or
large organisation would probably want to keep a couple of MS Office
licenses anyway, to ensure they can access historical files, even once the
majority of the organisation has transitioned to LibreOffice. One of the
benefits of the Open Document Format used by LibreOffice (and other open
source office applications) is that you're not reliant on one company's
product to be able to access your old files in future.


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