How to Convert ODT to DOC

by Eric Hammer

Converting your ODT documents to DOC documents may be necessary if you don't happen to have OpenOffice available on your computer but you do have Microsoft Office available. The ODT or Open Document Text format is used by the OpenOffice writer word processing software and is based on an open standard that allows anyone to use the format. The DOC format, by comparison, was used by Microsoft Word until the advent of Word 2007, which while it can save documents in DOC format, now saves using the DOCX format. There are several ways to do the conversion.

Free File Converter or Convert.Files

Visit the link for either Free File Converter or Convert.Files.

Click "Browse." Navigate to the ODT file you would like to convert. Click "Open."

Select the ".doc" format for the conversion. Click "Convert."

Right-click the link and choose "Save As." Enter a name for your file. Be sure to include ".doc" at the end of your file name so that it will retain the correct extension. Click "Save."

Word 2007/2010:

Click the "Office" button. Word 2010 users should click the "File" option.

Click "Open." Navigate to the file that you would like to convert from the ODT format. Select it and click "Open."

Click the "Office" button or the "File" option again. Select "Save As."

Click the down arrow next to Word Document in the Save As Type section. Select "Word 97-2003 (*.DOC)." Click "Save."


  • check In addition to these methods, you can also open the ODT file using a word processor that can read it, such as OpenOffice, Word 2007 or Word 2010. Then, select the text and material from the document, open Word 97-2003 and click "Paste." In some cases, this may help to preserve some formatting, which could be lost in other methods.


  • close No matter which method you use to do the conversion, you should expect that there may be some loss of formatting since the ODT and DOC formats work on fundamentally different principles despite producing similar results.

About the Author

Eric Hammer has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has appeared in "The Jerusalem Post" and "The New Standard" newspapers. In addition, he writes for various websites. Hammer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College.

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