How to Save an OpenOffice Writer File as a .doc (Word) File

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OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. However, Microsoft Office users won't be able to access OpenOffice default files. Nevertheless, you can save OpenOffice Writer files as a .doc file so that Microsoft Office users will be able to read them.


Launch OpenOffice Writer. From the "File" menu, select "Save As." The Save dialog appears.


Click on the "Save as type" drop-down list to reveal several file formats.


Select "Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc)" to save the file as a .doc document.


Click "Save." Your OpenOffice Writer document should now be viewable on any computer running Microsoft Word.


  • You can also save your document as a basic .txt file or even as an html file.
  • If you subsequently decide to save your Microsoft Word .doc as a ODF Text Document (the default option), select "ODF Text Document."

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