Use Word to open or save a document in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format (2023)

Open an OpenDocument Text file in Word

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Open.

  3. Click Browse,

  4. To see only the files saved in the OpenDocument format, click the list of file types next to the File name box, and then click OpenDocument Text.

  5. Click the file you want to open, and then click Open.

    Tip:To open the file, you can also double-click it after you find it.

Note:When you open an OpenDocument Text file in Word, it might not have the same formatting as it did in the original application it was created in. This is because of the differences between applications that use the OpenDocument Format.

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Save a Word document in OpenDocument Text format

Important:If you want to keep a Word version of your file, you must first save the file as a Word document, for example, in .docx file format, and then save it again in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Save As.

  3. Click Browse, and then select the location where you want to save your file.

  4. In the Save as type list, click OpenDocument Text.

  5. Give your file a name, and then save it.

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Learn more about the OpenDocument Format

When you open or save documents in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format, some formatting might be lost. This is because of the different features and options, such as formatting, that OpenDocument Text applications and Word support. For more information about the differences between the OpenDocument Text format and the Word format, see Differences between the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format and the Word (.docx) format.

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Open an OpenDocument Text file in Word

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Open, and then click the location of the file; for example, click Computer.

  3. Click Browse,

  4. To see only the files saved in the OpenDocument format, click the list of file types next to the File name box, and then click OpenDocument Text.

  5. Click the file you want to open, and then click Open.

    Tip:To open the file, you can also double-click it after you find it.

Note:When you open an OpenDocument Text file in Word, it might not have the same formatting as it did in the original application it was created in. This is because of the differences between applications that use the OpenDocument Format.

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Save a Word document in OpenDocument Text format

Important:If you want to keep a Word version of your file, you must first save the file as a Word document, for example, in .docx file format, and then save it again in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

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  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Save As.

  3. Click Browse, and then select the location where you want to save your file.

  4. In the Save as type list, click OpenDocument Text.

  5. Give your file a name, and then save it.

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Learn more about the OpenDocument Format

When you open or save documents in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format, some formatting might be lost. This is because of the different features and options, such as formatting, that OpenDocument Text applications and Word support. For more information about the differences between the OpenDocument Text format and the Word format, see Differences between the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format and the Word (.docx) format.

Tips

  • Before sending a file to someone else, you might want to close the file and open it again to see what it looks like in OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

  • When you collaborate on a document shared between Word and another word processing application, such as Google Docs or OpenOffice.org Writer, think of writing (the words) and formatting (the look) as different tasks. Complete as much of the writing as possible without applying formatting to the text and save the formatting until the end. This allows you to focus on the writing while minimizing the loss of formatting as you switch between the OpenDocument Text format and Word format.

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Open an OpenDocument Text file in Word

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Open.

  3. To see only the files saved in the OpenDocument format, in the File of type list, click OpenDocument Text.

  4. Click the file you want to open, and then click Open.

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    Tip:To open the file, you can also double-click it after you find it.

Note:When you open an OpenDocument Text file in Word, it might not have the same formatting as it did in the original application it was created in. This is because of the differences between applications that use the OpenDocument Format.

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Save a Word document in OpenDocument Text format

Important:If you want to keep a Word version of your file, you must first save the file as a Word document, for example, in .docx file format, and then save it again in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Save As.

  3. In the Save as type list, click OpenDocument Text.

  4. Name and save your file.

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Learn more about the OpenDocument Format

When you open or save documents in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format, some formatting might be lost. This is because of the different features and options, such as formatting, that OpenDocument Text applications and Word support. For more information about the differences between the OpenDocument Text format and the Word format, see Differences between the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format and the Word (.docx) format.

Tips

  • Before sending a file to someone else, you might want to close the file and open it again to see what it looks like in OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

  • When you collaborate on a document shared between Word and another word processing application, such as Google Docs or OpenOffice.org Writer, think of writing (the words) and formatting (the look) as different tasks. Complete as much of the writing as possible without applying formatting to the text and save the formatting until the end. This allows you to focus on the writing while minimizing the loss of formatting as you switch between the OpenDocument Text format and Word format.

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You must install 2007 Microsoft Office system Service Pack 2 (SP2) before you can use these procedures.

Open an OpenDocument Text file in Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Use Word to open or save a document in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format (1) , and then click Open.

  2. In the File of type list, click OpenDocument Text.

  3. Click the file you want to open, and then click Open.

Note:When you open a OpenDocument Text file in Word 2007, it might not have the same formatting as it did in the original application it was created in. This is because of the differences between applications that use the OpenDocument Format.

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Save a Word document in OpenDocument Text format

Important:If you want to keep a Word version of your file, you must first save the file as a Word document, for example, in .docx file format, and then save it again in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Use Word to open or save a document in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format (2) , and click Save As.

  2. Click OpenDocument Text.

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Learn more about the OpenDocument Format

When you open or save documents in the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format, some formatting might be lost. This is because of the different features and options, such as formatting, that OpenDocument Text applications and Word 2007 support. For more information about the differences between the OpenDocument Text format and the Word 2007 format, see Differences between the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods) format and the Excel for Windows (.xlsx) format.

Tips

  • Before sending a file to someone else, you might want to close the file and open it again to see what it looks like in OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.

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  • When you collaborate on a document shared between Word and another word processing application, such as Google Docs or OpenOffice.org Writer, think of writing (the words) and formatting (the look) as different tasks. Complete as much of the writing as possible without applying formatting to the text and save the formatting until the end. This allows you to focus on the writing while minimizing the loss of formatting as you switch between the OpenDocument Text format and Word format.

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FAQs

How do I save a .ODT file? ›

Step 1: Open the ODT file. Step 2: Go to “File” and “Save As”.

What is word OpenDocument text? ›

The Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF), also known as OpenDocument, is an open file format for spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents using ZIP-compressed XML files.

How do I open and save a document in word? ›

Click FILE > Save, pick or browse to a folder, type a name for your document in the File name box, and click Save. Save your work as you go - hit Ctrl+S often.

What app do I need to open an ODT file? ›

You can open an ODT file in a variety of word processors, including:
  1. LibreOffice (cross-platform)
  2. OpenOffice Writer (cross-platform)
  3. Microsoft Word (cross-platform)
  4. Google Docs (Web, iOS, Android, Chrome OS)

What is ODT in Microsoft office? ›

The Office Deployment Tool (ODT) is a command-line tool that you can use to download and deploy Click-to-Run versions of Office, such as Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, to your client computers.

What does ODT file stand for? ›

Description. The OpenDocument Text Document Format (ODT), Version 1.2 (given the short name ODF_text_1_2 here) is a format for editable textual documents. It is one of several subtypes in the ODF family for particular content categories.

Is ODT and ODF same? ›

Re: ODF vs ODT

odf is a open document formula, it contain mathematical formulas created in OOo Math, it can not be transfered to . doc format. Workaround: create empty odt file, and insert . odf files into and convert that file to .

What does save in ODF format mean? ›

The Open Document Format (ODF) is an XML-based open source file format for saving and exchanging text, spreadsheets, charts, and presentations. Files saved under ODF, termed "OpenDocuments," have easily recognizable extensions, similar to Microsoft's proprietary . doc or . xls.

Why can't I open ODT files? ›

The cause of this problem is during the transmission process the file was altered by a third party software. Please try this resolution and let me know if you can successfully open the file. * First, right-click the Word file that you have problems with, and click "Property". * Then Click the "Unblock" and click OK.

How do I open an ODF file? ›

Right-click the PDF, choose Open With > Choose default program or another app in. 2. Choose Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat DC in the list of programs, and then do one of the following: (Windows 10) Select Always use this app to open .

How do you save a document in Word? ›

Select the File tab on the top left of the page, afterward locate the Save As button. 2. A Files window should open up after clicking the Save As button. Here you add a name to the file and click Save to save the document.

What is Save and Save As in MS Word? ›

The Save As feature in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint has been replaced by Save a Copy. To save a copy of a file, do the following: Tap File > Save a Copy. Choose where you want to save the file. Enter a file name and then tap Save a Copy.

How do I open an ODT file without word? ›

ODT files are built with OpenOffice Writer, so that same program is the best way to open one. However, LibreOffice Writer, AbiSource AbiWord (download the Windows version), Doxillion, and several other free document editors can open ODT files, too.

Can I convert an ODT file? ›

Steps to convert ODT to PDF.

In Acrobat, navigate to the Create PDF option from the Tools menu. Click on Select A File and navigate to the location of your ODT file. Click on the ODT file you want to convert. Choose Create.

How does ODT work? ›

ODT are tablets which disintegrate in the mouth within seconds without the need for additional liquid. This dosage form was originally developed to improve the compliance of patients who had difficulty in swallowing tablets, such as children, the elderly and bedridden patients.

What is the advantage of ODT? ›

One of the major advantages of orally disintegrating tablets is their higher rate of patient compliance. Dissolving tablets are easier than swallowing a pill for many patient populations, especially for geriatric and pediatric populations as well as those who suffer from dysphagia.

Which is better ODT or DOCX? ›

odt format, and all formatting in ODF is style based.” . odt is far, far better than .

How do I save an ODF as a PDF? ›

Steps to convert OpenOffice documents to PDF.
  1. In Acrobat, navigate to the Create PDF option from the Tools menu.
  2. Click on Select A File and navigate to the location of your OpenOffice document.
  3. Click on the file you want to convert.
  4. Choose Create.
  5. Click the save icon to save your new PDF to the desired location.

How do I write an ODF document? ›

Open your file in the Acrobat PDF Editor. Select Fill & Sign on the right side of the screen. Choose the Add Text tool, which looks like an upper-case “A” next to a lower-case “b.” Click anywhere in the PDF where you'd like to add text and start typing.

Why is my Word document saving as ODT? ›

Possibly, the OpenDocument format was selected during the initial installation of Office. You really want to choose the first of the two suggested formats: "Office Open XML formats." In Word, you can permanently change the default to the *. docx format via File > Options > Save.

Can Microsoft open ODF files? ›

Office supports OpenDocument format (ODF) 1.3

odp) is supported in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint alongside the Office Open XML (OOXML) format (which uses file extensions . docx, . xlsx, and . pptx).

What is the best format to save a Word document? ›

Documents written on Word will be saved as a . doc or . docx file, which is a popular file format to send as an email attachment.
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Pros of Word documents:
  • Word is standard in most businesses.
  • They maintain the overall formatting and keep the same feeling.
  • They are more likely to be ATS-compatible.

Can anyone open an ODF? ›

Once a PDF file is created, it can be easily shared with anyone and the fonts, images, tables and formatting contained in it will be moved with it.

What are two ways to open a Word document? ›

How to open and view a document in Microsoft Word
  1. Double-click file. In some cases, you can double-click a file to open it in Microsoft Word. ...
  2. Right-click file and select program. For any file, you can choose the program to open a file with, including Microsoft Word. ...
  3. Open within Microsoft Word.
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What is a Word document? ›

Word files are commonly used as the format for sending text documents via e-mail because almost every user with a computer can read a Word document by using the Word application, a Word viewer or a word processor that imports the Word format (see Microsoft Word Viewer).

What are the two ways to open a document? ›

There are two main ways to open a file:
  1. Find the file on your computer and double-click it. This will open the file in its default application. ...
  2. Open the application, then use the application to open the file. Once the application is open, you can go to the File menu at the top of the window and select Open.

Which shortcut key is used to save a file in Word? ›

Tip: To quickly save a file, press Ctrl+S.

Where are documents saved in Word? ›

Open Word, and then go to File > Open > Browse. In the files of type list to the right of File name, select All Files.

Where do Word documents get saved? ›

As we've mentioned, the default autosave location for Word is the AppData folder. Microsoft Word can save the files in various locations, including C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Word and C:\Users\Your_username\AppData\Local\Temp. Most recent versions of the program use a different location.

How do I save and save a file? ›

Follow these steps to perform a Save As:
  1. Click File from the menu bar.
  2. Select Save As. The Save As dialog box appears.
  3. Type a new name for your file in the File name: box.
  4. Click Save.

What is Save As Type? ›

In many applications, the Save As option is the way to save the data to a different file format, which is called "exporting." If the Save As dialog box offers several file types, it is providing the conversion to those formats.

Which button do you use to save a file? ›

To save your file: Press CTRL+S or select File > Save.

How do I save OpenOffice as ODT? ›

Save Writer documents the same way you save other documents.
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Saving as a Microsoft Word document
  1. First save your document in OOo's format (. odt). ...
  2. Then click File > Save As. The Save As window appears.
  3. In the Save as type drop-down menu, select the type of Word format you need.
  4. Click Save.
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What does it mean to export a file to ODT? ›

An ODT file is an OpenDocument Text Document file. Open one with Word, OpenOffice Writer, or Google Docs. Convert to a similar format like PDF or DOCX with one of those programs or a document converter.

How do I convert a PDF to ODT for free? ›

How to convert PDF to ODT
  1. Upload pdf-file(s) Select files from Computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, URL or by dragging it on the page.
  2. Choose "to odt" Choose odt or any other format you need as a result (more than 200 formats supported)
  3. Download your odt.

How do I open an OpenOffice document in Word? ›

If you have associated Microsoft Office file formats with OpenOffice.org, you can also open these files by double-clicking on them.
...
You can also open an existing document in one of the following ways.
  1. Use File > Open.
  2. Click the Open button on the main toolbar.
  3. Press Control+O on the keyboard.
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What format does OpenOffice save? ›

Default file format

OpenOffice.org saves files in the OpenDocument format by default unless told otherwise. This default can be changed, for example if you always want to save as Microsoft Office files.

Can I save a ODT document as PDF? ›

Steps to convert ODT to PDF.

In Acrobat, navigate to the Create PDF option from the Tools menu. Click on Select A File and navigate to the location of your ODT file. Click on the ODT file you want to convert. Choose Create.

Is it safe to open ODT file? ›

ODT files are a zip-archive containing XML. This means many anti-virus products peek into the file and decide it is a zip-archive and scan it less rigorously than they would an MS Office file, leaving malware and malicious scripts undetected.

Are ODT files editable? ›

With Microsoft Word Online you can open ODT files online, and you can edit them there as well. Open ODT files using Corel WordPerfect. If you are using a Mac, you can use the original Mac application LibreOffice or NeoOffice, an offshoot of OpenOffice and LibreOffice specifically developed for macOS.

What is PDF and ODT? ›

Portable Document Format (PDF) Versus Open Document Text (ODT)

Is ODT the same as DOC? ›

odt” extension is an OpenOffice Document file. These documents are typically created using programs like Apache OpenOffice Writer and LibreOffice Writer, word processors comparable to Microsoft Word and Google Docs. ODT files are similar to file formats created using Word, such as DOCX and DOC.

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