Like it or loathe it, Microsoft's file formats dominate the world of office work. .doc, .xls and .ppt are the linguafranca of most workplaces. OpenOf-fice.org is fully conversant with these file formats, and can open/save them, but defaults to its own file format for saving new documents. It
can then be a pain to keep having to manually select Microsoft Office format.
To make the OpenOffice.org programs default to MS Office file formats when saving, open OpenOffice.org Writer (Applications ^ Office ^ OpenOffice.org Word Processor) and then click Tools ^ Options. On the left-hand side of the dialog that appears, expand the Load/Save heading by double-clicking it, and click then General, which will appear beneath it. In the Always Save As dropdown list at the bottom right of the dialog box, select Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP. Then, in the Document Type dropdown list, select Spreadsheet, and once again click the Always Save As dropdown list and this time select Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP. Repeat again, this time selecting Presentation, and selecting Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP. Once done, click the OK button.
See also Tip 121, on page 168, which describes how to boost OpenOf-fice.org's support for newer Microsoft Office file formats, and Tip 308, on page 361, which explains how to avoid formatting incompatibilities when outputting Office file-format documents.
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