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How do I update my Open Office from old version 4.2.3.3 to a newer version and do I need to preserve all my old odt files or will they carry over to updated system?

asked 2020-09-20 03:37:23 +0100

Sunmaid Nana gravatar image

Do I need to just update or should I download from scratch? And if I download a new version do I need to save my old odt documents and then re-install them? Will the newer version of Open Office be able to read all the old files?

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  • make the title short;
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  • get some education in computing to understand what files and directories are.
gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-09-20 12:42:10 +0100 )edit

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answered 2020-09-20 11:42:44 +0100

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Just download the latest still version of LO - currently 6.4.6 - and install it over your current version. You will still be able to read files you have created with your older version of LO.

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and install it over your current version

OP currently has OpenOffice and installing LibreOffice won't remove the current version of OpenOffice (at least on Linux this won't happen and you finally end up having both suites on your system).

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2020-09-20 11:49:53 +0100 )edit

OP currently has

Huh, what the OP has is a mystery. OpenOffice.org ended with the version 3.4, as I remember. Apache OpenOffice is at 4.1.7. So, perhaps, he has LibreOffice actually.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-09-20 12:32:05 +0100 )edit

You will still be able to read files you have created with your older version of LO.

Yes, if the files were created with LO only. However, LO does not support (anymore) files in old pre-ODF formats (sxw, sxc etc.). Thus, if the user has a couple of really old files, the only option is having Apache OpenOffice alongside with LibreOffice (won’t hurt anyway).

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-09-20 12:36:02 +0100 )edit

There is no version 4.2.3.3 of AOO; probably, like many posters, OP has likely confused AOO with LO.

robleyd gravatar imagerobleyd ( 2020-09-20 13:01:14 +0100 )edit

@gabix - you are right. Oversaw version is 4.2.3.3, while current *OpenOffice* version is 4.1.7@robleyd - of course you are right as well, sorry, should have read more carefully.

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2020-09-20 13:02:48 +0100 )edit
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