Follow Techotopia on Twitter

On-line Guides
All Guides
eBook Store
iOS / Android
Linux for Beginners
Office Productivity
Linux Installation
Linux Security
Linux Utilities
Linux Virtualization
Linux Kernel
System/Network Admin
Scripting Languages
Development Tools
Web Development
GUI Toolkits/Desktop
Mail Systems
Eclipse Documentation

How To Guides
General System Admin
Linux Security
Linux Filesystems
Web Servers
Graphics & Desktop
PC Hardware
Problem Solutions
Privacy Policy




Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
Previous Page Home Next Page

Saving files

Default file format saves files in the OpenDocument format by default unless told otherwise. This default can be changed, for example if you always want to save as Microsoft Office files. To change the default file formats:

  1. Go to Tools > Options > Load/Save > General. (See Figure 4.)


  • In the Standard File Format section of this page, choose a document type (for example, “Text document”) and a file format from the Always save as list.

  • Repeat for each document type as necessary.

  • Click OK to save your changes.


    If the option “Warn when not saving in OpenDocument or default format” is checked on the Options – Load/Save – General dialog (Figure 4), a warning dialog about potential loss of formatting may be displayed. In most cases, no loss of formatting will occur, so you may find this warning annoying and choose to disable it.

    The Java Runtime Environment is required to use the mobile device filters for AportisDoc (Palm), Pocket Word and Pocket Excel.

    Export to PDF and XHTML

    Each application has the ability to directly export to PDF (Portable Document Format). This industry-standard format for universal file compression and viewing is ideal for sending the file to anyone else to view using Acrobat Reader or any other PDF display program on any operating system.

    You can export directly to PDF using the button on the toolbar next to the Printer icon, or by choosing File > Export as PDF, which allows you to select some detailed options.

    To export as XHTML, use File > Export and for File format choose XHTML In the dropdown box.

    Saving files in other formats

    To save files in different formats, use File > Save As and select a format from the File Type dropdown box (Figure 2).


    Writer can save to these file formats

    In addition to its native formats, Writer can save in these formats: Writer 1.x (.sxw, .stw)

    Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc)

    Microsoft Word 95 (.doc)

    Microsoft Word 6.0 (.doc)

    Microsoft Word 2003 XML (.xml)

    Microsoft Pocket Word (.psw)

    DocBook (.xml)

    Aportis Doc (Palm) (.pdb)

    Rich Text Format (.rtf)

    StarWriter 5.0 (.sdw)

    StarWriter Template (.vor)

    StarWriter 4.0 (.sdw)

    StarWriter 4.0 Template (.vor)

    StarWriter 3.0 (.sdw)

    StarWriter Template 3.0 (.vor)

    Text (.txt)

    Text Encoded (.txt)

    HTML (.html; .htm)


    The .rtf format is commonly used for transferring text files between applications, but you are likely to experience loss of formatting and images when the file is opened by Microsoft Office. The best way to pass a file in Writer to a Microsoft Word user is to save it as Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc).

    Calc can save to these file formats

    In addition to its native formats, Calc can save in these formats: Calc 1.x (.sxc, .stc)

    Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP (.xls; .xlw)

    Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP Template (.xlt)

    Microsoft Excel 95 (.xls; .xlw)

    Microsoft Pocket Excel (.pxl)

    Microsoft Excel 2003 XML (.xml)

    Data Interchange Format (.dif)

    dBase (.dbf)

    SYLK (.slk)

    Text CSV (.csv; .txt)

    StarCalc formats (.sdc, .vor)

    HTM and HTML files

    Impress can save to these file formats

    In addition to its native formats, Impress can save in these formats:

    Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP (.ppt; .pps)

    Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP Template (.pot)

    StarDraw, StarImpress (.sda, .sdd, .vor)

    Impress can also export to MacroMedia Flash (.swf) and any of the graphics formats as listed below for Draw.

    Draw can save to these file formats

    Draw can only save in its native and StarDraw formats, but it can export to:


















    The HTML writer can save in these formats

    HTML Document (.html; .htm) 1.0 HTML Template (.stw) 2.0 HTML Template (.oth)

    StarWriter/Web 5.0 and 4.0 (.vor)

    Text ( Writer/Web) (.txt)

    Text Encoded ( Writer/Web) (.txt)

    Microsoft Office to OpenOffice Migration Guide
    Previous Page Home Next Page

      Published under the terms of the GNU General Public License Design by Interspire