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Old 10-13-2005, 01:37 PM   #1
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is the open office spread sheet program compatiable with ms windows?

hi i need to type something up in spreadsheet and would like to do it with my computer which is a linux box however the computer that is hooked up to the printer is a windows box. im wondering if the the document i create will easily transfer oover to the ms box for printing or does ms use some proprietory format for spreadsheets. thanks for any replies in advance.
Old 10-13-2005, 01:50 PM   #2
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MS does use "some proprietory format" however OpenOffice can read and write MS Excel files just aslong as the spreadsheets aren't overly complex
Old 10-13-2005, 02:20 PM   #3
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i forgot i may have open office installed on there as well. if noti can install it to print it in the oo native format. Any opportunity to not use a MS product is a good one if you ask me. If i wasn't lazy i'd have set up a printer server between the two computers by now.
Old 10-13-2005, 03:18 PM   #4
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Yup, either install on the Windows box, or if that computer has Excel installed save the file as an .xls. Oo.O will tell you that you may lose some fomatting by doing this, but I don't think anyone ever has.
Old 10-14-2005, 10:23 AM   #5
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You can export OOo documents as PDFs.

That's pretty portable n'est-ce pas?

OOo <-----> MS works ok.
password protection doesn't transfer MS to OOo
but works ok in Gnumeric spreadsheet.
That can open an MS password excel spreadsheet.
Old 10-14-2005, 09:14 PM   #6
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Many of the spreadsheet and text documents that we produce at work will not render properly in OO. It can open the documents but special features don't work right such as good support for linear regression statistics in graphs and citing references using software like endnote with ms word or jabref. The pdf export is very handy though. Almost worth keeping it aound for that. Hmm, does abiword eport pdf?


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