How to Open Open Office Documents in Word

by Tiesha Whatley
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Open Office is an open source suite of productivity software. Open Office Writer is the word processing application in the suite that is similar to Microsoft Word. Even if the programs are similar, they use two different file types that aren't easily recognized by the different programs. Sun Microsystems (the makers of Open Office) has released an ODF plugin that allows you to work with Open Office Writer documents in Microsoft Word.

Step 1

Download the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office from the Sun website (see Resources section for link).

Step 2

Install the plugin. Go to the location that you saved the plugin to during the download process. Double-click on the file and follow the instructions in the installation wizard.

Open the Open Office document (*.odt) document in Microsoft Word. Click on "File" then "Open" (if you are using Microsoft Word 97 to 2003 version) or "Office button" then "Open" in Word 2007. The "Open" dialog box appears. Navigate to the location of the .odt file. Click the file and click "Open." The Open Office document will open in Microsoft Word.


  • You can always locate the file in Windows Explorer or in your "My Documents" folder (if this is where you save all of your documents) and right-click on it. Click on "Open with" and choose Microsoft Word. The Open Office document will be opened in Word.
  • For some Microsoft Office 2007 installations, you will need to install the Service Pack 1 for the plug-in to work. If you install the plugin and it still doesn't open the Open Office document in Microsoft Word, install the service pack from the Microsoft Office website.


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About the Author

Tiesha Whatley has been writing for over 10 years. She has been published in "Marie Claire," "Ebony" and "Modern Bride" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has been working in the wedding planning industry for over 13 years.

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