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From Alan B <>
Subject Re: Word docs
Date Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:29:29 GMT
On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Keith <> wrote:

> If I download open office onto the new laptop would it be possible for the
> old word docs held in the cloud to be downloaded to the laptop and be
> opened / read etc and then printed / attached etc etc  to emails etc as
> would be the case with Microsoft office.

Yes. Also note, it should not be necessary to have a word processing
program (or any other program except a web browser [Internet Explorer,
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox...]) do download the files from the cloud to
your laptop.

To open/read/print the files, yes a word processor is needed. To attach to
emails the word processor isn't needed. For that a web browser or a mail
program like Outlook is needed.

> If I wrote a new document in OpenOffice and attached to email would
> recipient be able to read it if they only had Microsoft office etc

Yes. There is a condition though. Since you expect your recipients to MS
Word to read the files you need to have OpenOffice save the file in MS Word
format. This can be done:
- when the files is first created by selecting the option to save in Word
- with an existing file that wasn't saved in Word format by opening the
file, selecting Save as..., and then selecting the option to save in Word

It is also possible for your recipients with Word to read files that
OpenOffice Write saves in .odt format. That requires them to go to the
Microsoft web site to download and install an additional feature for Word
so it will read the .odt file. This remark is only included for

Since it is easier to control what you do than it is to get others to do
things I suggest the first method. When you save a file have OpenOffice
save it in Word format.

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