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Best way to convert documents from .doc to .odt ? (and vice versa)

asked 2019-02-22 08:49:19 +0200

Tyco72 gravatar image

updated 2020-08-10 14:44:17 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Which is the best way? Especially for documents with complex formatting, or tables, etc...

There are 2 methods to convert documents:

1) The quick way: - Open the .doc file - "Save as" -> .odt

2) Less quick way: - Open the .doc file - Select all the content (scrolling it with mouse or CTRL+A, etc..), then click on "copy" - Paste the copied content into a new empty .odt document

I have the feeling that the method 1 may inherits also some parts of unnecessary code from the .doc file, making the converted file more slow to be opened, while the method 2 may produce a more "clean" document. Is it right?

Instead, when converting from .odt to .doc I suppose that the method 1 should be better, because I assume that LibreOffice knows well what is stored in a .odt file and how to manage it. But until now I had to convert only few documents from .odt to .doc (for people with old MS Office versions), so I can't report much about it.

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answered 2019-02-22 09:17:13 +0200

vmiklos gravatar image

1) is better if you want as less side effects for the conversion as possible.

2) means that for example compatibility flags of the document will change, so the layout may differ a bit here & there. This is especially problematic for poor documents which use lots of empty paragraphs instead of page breaks and so on.

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answered 2019-04-19 18:45:11 +0200

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The best way I've found is a round trip through Google Drive. You need a (free) account (gmail). To convert in either direction:
* turn on "convert to Google Docs on upload" in Google Drive (cog wheel:settings:Convert uploads)
* upload the source file (doc/docx/odt) to Google Drive
* open the Google Drive file
* from the Doc's File menu choose "Download as" and choose the target format you want (odt/docx/rtf).
This has solved problems like page-break incompatibility or calc cell addressing incompatibility very neatly for me, when I could find no other way.

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