Is there any way to make checkboxes that work in both Microsoft Word and Libre Writer? [keywords: content control, form control]

asked 2019-02-12 00:17:15 +0200

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updated 2019-02-12 00:31:37 +0200

In Microsoft Word, I can add a checkbox via 'Content Control' which can be clicked on and it will check and uncheck a box.

When this file is opened in Libre Writer, it appears as a placeholder and cannot be checked or interacted with.

In Libre Writer, I can add a checkbox via 'Form Control' which can be clicked on and it will check and uncheck a box.

When this file is opened in Microsoft Word, it gives an error and cannot be opened.

Steps to reproduce in Word:

  1. In Microsoft Word, enable the developer menu by going to File > Options > Customize Ribbon > and check the box next to 'Developer' to enable the developer menu.

  2. In Word, click the developer menu and click the check box to add a check box to your document.

  3. Save as a .docx

  4. Open the file in LibreWriter. The check box appears as a square and cannot be checked. If it was already checked, it appears as a checked box and cannot be unchecked.

========= Steps to reproduce in Libre Writer:

  1. In Libre, click 'View > toolbars > form controls'

  2. insert a check box from the form controls menu that comes up. This check box can be checked in Libre.

  3. Save the file as a Word .docx, or .odt

  4. Attempt to open the file in Word. The file is unable to be opened because of 'problems with the contents'.

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Is there any way to make checkboxes that work in both Microsoft Word and Libre Writer?

libre form control

word content control

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