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Old 05-02-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Retaining format

I have a 2 page .doc attachment to an Excite email. I want to open it with the format unchanged so it is still a 2 page document. OpenOffice keeps expanding it into a third page useless to me. How do i get it to open exactly as sent?
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You need to have the same fonts installed that were used on the PC where the .doc file was created to get approximately the same amount of textflow in OpenOffice.

You would have the same problem when opening the .doc file in MSWord on another PC without the required fonts - it would also cause a different textrun.

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Unfortunately, it'll only be exact if you continue to use microsoft office. OpenOffice have got as far as they have through a lot of guesswork and trial and error, it'll be very unlikely that M$ Word format .doc files will ever be perfect, as they'll hopefully start becoming obsoleted soon with the advent of ODF and OXML.
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Get the sender to resend in a format which preserves layout between machines. They could also simplify the layout so that it is more likely to preserve it's layout between machines.

Understand: what you are experiencing will happen under windows as well. It is not the purpose of wysisyg wordpro formats to preserve their layout between applications. So you are trying to use doc format for a purpose it is not designed for. In addition, despite recent moves to comply with various anti-trust rulings, MS DOC format remains mastly a trade secret encumbered with copyright and patent restrictions. This makes it very difficlt for third-party, free, applications to reproduce the layout as Word would have.

A format which preserves the layout is PDF.

You can probably get the page layout to two pages if you edit > select all --- then reduce the font size.
Old 05-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the ideas. What I am working on is a tri fold brochure with both text and photos. I think the photos are both enlarged and out of place. Everything needs to fit in the right column on both sides. Are there any other common Linux programs besides OO that might open it unchanged?

I went into VMware XP and it opened just fine in Word. Maybe I need to work on making Windows find my printer. Their wizard doesn't seem to know to to check USB ports for a printer. I thought I had it working in VMware, but I guess not. I am not completely moved into my new system.

I never worked with Word. As little as I know of Linux, I know less of Macrocrap. I just listen to those suggesting avoiding it. It seems to have a limited number of alternative formats to save in, various Words and Works plus XML, but not PDF. Would any of them work any better?

I support the philosophy in In fact I have done so, even finding and sending instructions on how to avoid sending me Winmail.dat files. Fortunately my ancient NS 4.X displays the the text and puts the garbage in an attachment that only clutters my HDD. The question is, do most Windows users know how to do anything else? Does anybody here disagree that many Windows users are clueless? After all, they are using Windows.
Old 05-04-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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Well I beat windows to submission by downloading a driver for my printer. XP is too good to use the Win 9X on the CD that came with it. I have my project printed out for now.

I guess if I poked around in VMware I might find a program that could open word and save to PDF.


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