Using Open Office Files in MS Office

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

Your site is so very informative. Thank you so much.

I have windows 7 with Open Office and used their spread sheet and “word” programs.

I’m an internet assessor and my company only used Office, so I purchased Office and tried to copy and paste into Office from Open Office. The spread sheet gives me error messages and I have to re-save each time. Same with the “word” docs.

Any suggestions beside creating a new doc in excel and re-typing the large amount of data I need to save.

From an avid Fan, Dianne

Dear Dianne,

I think what you need to do is open the file in Open Office first, and then save it in a Word or Excel file format.

You should be able to do that using the “Save As” menu item, and in the file type section select “Word Document .doc” for Word files and .xls for spreadsheets.

Once you have saved them in the MS Office file formats, you will be able to open the files directly in Word and Excel without any copy and paste.



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