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    Posted by Rose Blakeney on 24 February 2023 at 09:45

    I wonder if someone could answer a question about the compatibility of the above.

    I don’t have Word on my desktop. If I were to attach a Libre file to an e-mail, is there a chance that it would be unreadable at the other end, due to a lack of compatibility? (I’ve had trouble ordering a download of Word Home And Student). I’d be grateful for any enlightenment, perhaps based on your own experience.

    Rose Blakeney replied 9 months, 1 week ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Michelle Horst

    Member
    24 February 2023 at 10:50

    Hi Rose,

    I’ve been using Libre and Word for a while. If you ensure your file is saved as ‘.docx’ it will open for word users.

    I’ve not had any formatting issues. Macros can be temperamental though.

    However I did used to to ‘send to self’ on a different email and access at a library or public space to double check.

    • Rose Blakeney

      Member
      24 February 2023 at 14:59

      Hello, Michelle,

      Thank you very much for this reply. You’ve given me some reassurance about sticking with Libre, at least for the time being. .docx duly noted.

  • gill

    Member
    24 February 2023 at 16:48

    Hi Rose,

    I also use Libre Office and have the same concerns as you. When sharing work round my critique group, there are certain people who never get my work unscrambled and I have to send it in the body of an email. The ‘doc x’ idea was suggested to me but when I went back to my computer, doc x wasn’t on the dropdown menu. I’m getting to the point of trying something else, so would also welcome any suggestions.

    • Rose Blakeney

      Member
      25 February 2023 at 09:33

      Hello, Gill. I also went back to Libre and didn’t find .doc.x either. There is Word 2007 – 365 and I think that might be the one to use. Could someone confirm this? Perhaps this is a later version of Libre Office.

      • Rose Blakeney

        Member
        26 February 2023 at 11:51

        Dear Libre users

        Since my last post on this, I’ve tried a search under “Libre Office Files” and found instructions for changing the file format permanently. When you follow these instructions, you eventually reach a drop-down menu that lists “Word 2007 – 365 (*.docx), which must be the solution. You can change the format to default. I’ve done this, although haven’t had occasion to test it yet. I hope this helps. (I haven’t noted the details here because you wouldn’t get the diagrams!).

  • Harry Harrison

    Member
    26 February 2023 at 14:41

    I’m sure you guys know this, but if you have reliable wifi you can use a free microsoft account to access Word online which is always up to date and there’s free onedrive account to backup all your docxs. Word also has a rather useful Editor function now that scans your piece for obvious issues.

  • Jack Kellar

    Member
    18 May 2023 at 15:14

    Hi, just checking in. My book The Race for the North Pole https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09FS2THQX

    was made with Libre Office, from start to finish. It’s great, I love Libre Office and I hate Grammarly and Word.

    Never any compatibility issues if you save documents as ‘Word 2007…’🤓

  • Jack Kellar

    Member
    18 May 2023 at 15:24

    …apart from the massive typo that I’ve just noticed on the front cover… oh, my days

    😂

    • Rose Blakeney

      Member
      19 May 2023 at 11:14

      Hello again, Jack. I hope you’ve managed to do something about the typo. Congratulations on the book.

      I’m now happy to stick with Libre Office, especially after reading your post.

  • Debby Hanoka

    Member
    24 May 2023 at 03:39

    Hi Rose,

    I have experience using both Libreoffice Writer and Microsoft Word. I can verify that saving the Libreoffice Writer document as “Word 2007 – 365 (*.docx)” is the best way to do it. I tested it myself, and the Libreoffice Writer document I saved as “Word 2007 – 365 (*.docx)” opened in in Word just fine.

    I hope that helps. Keep writing.

    Debby