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2014-09-24 16:50:49 +0200 answered a question Writer docx file meant problems to my Office files - how to clean?

My experience is that very heavily customized documents, which rely on "deep" features of the Word processor, like a long document with lots of images, layout organization, many fields, cross-references, customized page numbers, background images, different page formats, etc. are a hit and miss, when opened in a different version of the same program, and/or different document editor.

If you have critical documents, which are "optimized", like there is a narrow margin, and images would float to the next page if you insert a character, etc. these are best used if you open them with the same version of the same editor it was created with.

If you plan to open the documents with a different version, and/or make, it is best to think ahead, and design your document in a way that there is a high chance it stays compatible. Use some "buffer".

What is more, there are many features/practices listed by experts that are available, but are not recommended to use. For example, in former versions of MS Word, the Document Map feature easily corrupted a complex document, the program crashed, and it was not possible to fully recover it.

2014-09-24 16:35:25 +0200 answered a question Could LibreOffice adopt a simpler UI, similar to iWork?

It also depends where you come from. I've been using the "old" interface of Word for so long that it took me considerable effort to get used to the Ribbon. And there are still features that I have to google first in MS Word 2013, to find them, while in the old interface I knew where it was. What is more, I could quite well customize the "old" interface in MS Word, in the new Ribbon interface, there are still commands I cannot have a button assigned to, or customize it for the way I want.

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2014-09-24 16:26:50 +0200 answered a question Why does LibreOffice still have such poor formatting of .docx and some doc files despite the claims of improvement?

Image alignment is a tricky thing, even if you open the same document in MS Word, and for example you change the page size from A4 to Letter, or you change the printer to print to, and it all goes suddenly wrong.

My recommendation is to pay attention how you insert the images, and choose the method that suits your objective

  • In line (As character) to keep it with the text vs. Floating to flow text around
  • Relative to page borders to keep it on a page or flowing with a paragraph
  • Assuring a certain page layout via tables

Portrait / Landscape also depends how was it defined in the original document, as sections, after a page break, etc.

  • Main objective is to keep the layout, use PDF.
  • Main objective is to heavily edit the text, use DOCX.
2014-09-17 08:01:45 +0200 commented answer Why does my page numbering restart at 1 on page 7?

Closing and opening solved the problem. However I've spent about 20 minutes to solve it, until I started to feel it is bug. Hope it gets ironed out soon!