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    Microsoft Word files Change when opened in open office

    On my home computer i use microsoft word (windows xp). When using my netbook it uses ubuntu 8.04 (linux). When i transfer a word document from my home computer (microsoft word) on to open office on my netbook it changes the layout of my work. Does anyone know how i can fix this? Would saving the files in ubuntu from .odt to .doc files make a difference?

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    couple of things you could try.

    First, when you save it, try the .doc format of an older version of Word. You can do this from the drop-down at the bottom of the 'save' dialog box.

    if all else fails, .rtf would probably work - you just might loose any Word-specific formatting

    Yeah that's a problem, darn Microsoft and their failure to adhere to standards or open up their own formats so others can use them. The European courts have wrist slapped them about it on numerous occasions, but to no avail.

    Like Chrishall says, your best bet is to use a more basic document type.

    or you could use wine to run MS office on your netbook.

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    thank u all for ur advice!! Rep left accordingly

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