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Why do writer documents open differently on different OS's? [closed]

asked 2012-05-09 13:12:18 +0200

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updated 2015-08-28 18:45:11 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I've had this problem for as long as I can remember (including Open office days) but I can't be the only one surely? I create a document in Windows, everything is fine and I save it. I come to open it in Ubuntu (or Mac) and the pages almost seem a different size as the content in places is shifted about like it doesn't fit, or the opposite and it leaves a bigger gap creating problems too. I always use the latest LibreOffice available on all platforms, I use the native file formats but I've always had this cross platform problem which makes things very difficult for me as I need to use more than one. Is there a way around this?

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answered 2012-05-09 13:34:27 +0200

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Hard to say without the particular files, but could it be a differing font problem? i.e. are you using fonts in Windows that you also have in Linux/OSX?

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That's a good point, I will check this out because it would make perfect sense. I try to use the web friendly fonts which are not generally associated with a specific platform but It might still be the problem.


Technical gravatar imageTechnical ( 2012-05-09 14:50:02 +0200 )edit

answered 2012-05-09 13:57:19 +0200

ehansen gravatar image

One thing worth trying is to install Wine in Ubuntu. A side effect of this is that you will get Windows fonts (like Times New Roman) installed on your Ubuntu machine.

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You can get these fonts more easily by installing the package ttf-mscorefonts-installer

wryun gravatar imagewryun ( 2012-05-19 03:35:40 +0200 )edit

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