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Crazy Wolf VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

So, since my computer crashed and I reinstalled XP, all my programs decided to have issues with not being installed/registered/etc. Rather than find my CD case for M$ Office, I decided to download OpenOffice. It seems pretty cool, but I've two issues: Why the hell won't it use the same print document function that every other goddamn program uses that lets me actually print stuff What format/encoding must it have to display properly in Microsoft Office?




Metall_pingwin

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#2 11 years ago

Yeah, ive been there... To print you need to change the default XPS printer to the one you want to use, you might hae to actually add it. I have no clue what the XPS does. o_O Other than that it's just like a universal office, and as long as you always save .doc's (and all the other ms compatible filetypes) you should be ok no matter what you use to open it. I do have a problem i never managed to solve, and thats the inane copy and paste function. Every time i copy and paste from ex. a website, it puts the text in some sort of table, so i have to re-copy it from the document without the table.




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#3 11 years ago

There are a couple of format issues that come up with using OpenOffice (footnote conversion to MSOffice has been messy for me).

it puts the text in some sort of table, so i have to re-copy it from the document without the table.

Have you tried clearing the formatting for that section of text?




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#4 11 years ago

Default Formatting doesn't do anything... Screencap anyone?




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#5 11 years ago

Doesn't happen with me...

Did you actually try "Clear formatting"? Or just "Default"?




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#6 11 years ago

OpenOffice (specifically Writer) has really been pissing me off lately. I own Office 2003, so maybe it's a case of not having to get used to how OOo does things; but I regularly use alternatives like WordPerfect and AbiWord just fine. They're all very similar to Word but sometimes the way OOo does things just doesn't make sense.

Like yesterday I was writing up a document with multiple numbered sections (y'know, something like 1 - Introduction, 2 - Meh, 2.1 - Bleh etc) and the thing just wouldn't stop trying to make my headings into a numbered list, even when I told it not to. Of particular annoyance was that it indented these 'lists', which I didn't want. On most word processings, you can remove that by using the decrease indent button. When I tried that with OOo it didn't move the text to the start of the line; it moved it about a centimeter too far so that it was actually outside of the standard text boundary.

It ws only a draft document, so it didn't need to be perfectly laid out and formatted; all I needed was control over fonts and the ability to make bullets/lists (yes, I wanted lists, but where I wanted them not where OOo wanted them). I actually ended up writing it in Wordpad and it did an admirable job for such a basic program.

There's no doubt that from a technical viewpoint it's a match for Word and the like, and it's a testament to what open source software can achieve (though OOo does have more backing than normal, in fairness), but god it can be a recalcitrant piece of shit at times. Either that or I'm stupid.