Saving LibreOffice files in Microsoft MS Office format

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  1. Quickly turn those LibreOffice files into Docx files
  2. LibreOffice version
  3. Customize LibreOffice File Formats
  4. Search options in older versions.

Quickly turn those LibreOffice files into Docx files

You can set LibreOffice to standard MS Office formats so that when you save a document in LibreOffice, it is automatically saved in MS Office format. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to set up.

libreoffice is one of the most popular open source office suite tools on the market. And not without reason. LibreOffice is as easy to use as any competitor, it’s free and it offers all the features you’re used to in Microsoft Office.

The only caveat to using LibreOffice is that it is saved in open file formats by default. While Microsoft Office saves as .docx (for documents), .xlsx (for spreadsheets), and .pptx (for presentations), LibreOffice saves as .odt (for documents), .ods (for spreadsheets), and .odp (for presentations) . While many office suite applications can work with each other’s files, you may encounter someone who does not know how to work with the open format. Or, more importantly, you may need to send a document to a company (or school) that only accepts MS Office formats.

LibreOffice version

For this tutorial, we used LibreOffice 6.2.2. However, this process hasn’t changed much over time, so it should work with any version of the office suite. The main difference is how you get to the settings window

Customize LibreOffice File Formats

All this configuration is handled in one place and can be accessed from any of the LibreOffice tools (Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, or Math). To switch LibreOffice from saving as the default open formats to the more universally accepted standard MS Office formats, do the following:

  1. Open LibreOffice Writer.

  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner and click parameters: .

  3. In the window that appears, double click Load data and then click Occur often .

  4. Select Text document from the Document Type drop-down list and select Word 2007-2019 (*.docx) drop down menu Always save as . ,

  5. Select Spreadsheet from the Document Type drop-down list and select Excel 2007-2019 (*.xlsx) pick list Always save as .

  6. Select Presentation from the Document Type drop-down list and select PowerPoint 2007-1019 (*.pptx) drop down menu Always save as .

  7. Click Apply .

  8. Click Okay .

Search options in older versions.

If you are using an older version of LibreOffice, to go to the options window, click Tools > parameters: .

After you click . clicked Okay , the options window will close and you’re good to go. When you go to save a new LibreOffice document, you will see that the MS Office format is now the default.

You no longer have to worry about using LibreOffice’s “Save As” feature, as your documents are automatically saved in MS Office formats.

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