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Columns and formatting disappear when I save and open a document

asked 2019-08-11 21:55:29 +0200

Jmedaille gravatar image

I place a section of my document in columns. I save the document, but when I reopen it, the columns are gone.

The same happens with some formatting: underline words only. Save and open, it changes to underline the spaces between words.

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In which file format do you save your work? If you're using doc(x), try with odt.

RGB-es gravatar imageRGB-es ( 2019-08-11 22:28:47 +0200 )edit

Regarding the question in OPs answer post - which by the way isn't an answer to the original question and thus misplaced - please read this article about various formats and their respective relations. The general advice is: Use native format .odt for any edits of the original version of your document and just use a separate export to alien formats like .doc or .docx for exchanging your document with third parties not being able to read the native format.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-08-11 23:24:21 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-08-11 22:31:38 +0200

Jmedaille gravatar image

Saving in docx. I can't use odt because most of my students can't use it. I thought this was compatible with doc and docx. Is that not the case?

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Please look at And think about this: if MS Word (which most of your students almost guaranteed to use) can't properly read ODT (which it is compatible with), it must be non-trivial (in fact, impossible) to be truly 100% compatible with a foreign document format for any office suite...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-08-11 23:18:56 +0200 )edit

Okay. Thank you.

Jmedaille gravatar imageJmedaille ( 2019-08-11 23:22:07 +0200 )edit

Keep in mind that, as a teacher, you can specify what they use for your class. Plenty of mine did. I'd tell them to go download a free copy of Libre Office. :)

fossum gravatar imagefossum ( 2019-08-12 18:32:32 +0200 )edit
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