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Trying to open pdf document but it opens in libre office draw format

asked 2019-04-23 22:09:27 +0200

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I created a 238 page pdf document from an .odt in office libre and now I am trying to open it in office libre but it opens as a one page blank libre office draw format page. How do I get it to open in a pdf??

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Just discovered that I have the same problem. Open LO Writer directly. Use menu File -> Open. Then Navigate to the pdf document, select it and click Open. Instead, LO Draw opens on top of Writer to display the document. Even checking "Open as read-only" fails to prevent LO Writer from switching to Draw.

Using LO v6.1.5.2 on Windows 7 Pro.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2019-04-23 22:29:07 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-04-24 08:06:35 +0200

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PDF documents will always open in Draw because they are not editable text documents. PDF format may contain many different "static" objects: images, lines (note: not paragraphs), etc. which are laid out in pages. By default, LO sees this as a collection of shapes set in a page, which is a definition for a Draw file.

From File>Open and its variants, you won't be able to change this behaviour. Opening a file in LO is a complex process where the file extension is basically ignored. An analysis of contents at beginning of file is performed to decide which component to launch (Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw).

Consequently, to display a PDF file as a PDF, double-click on it from the OS file browser or right-click and choose an adequate application.

To illustrate the difference between PDF and ODF (the format for Writer files), select a block of "text" (one paragraph) in the PDF, copy it and paste it in Writer. You end up with a collection of single-line paragraphs, not the single original paragraph.

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Aha! So, once a document has been exported as PDF, it is now "fixed" (as in stationary or unchangeable). And if there is a need to edit that document, one has to go back to the original (hopefully saved as .odt) and edit that, and then export it again as a new PDF. Thank you.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2019-04-24 16:45:59 +0200 )edit

Yes, PDF was meant originally as a way of exchanging non-modifiable documents. This constraint has since then been relaxed as there exist now utilities to edit them. But don't expect something as fully fledged as LO Writer.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2019-04-24 17:03:56 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-04-24 09:05:03 +0200

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If you have generated a so called hybrid PDF file you can edit it in Writer directly. The Writer content then is encapsulated in PDF as a Writer content. The difference to a simple PDF file is that the encapsulation needs more disk space, but the content can easily be edited.

For export into specified PDF format always use menu File > Export as > Export as PDF...


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