I've been working on a letter and needed a little bit of input. I called my brother Dave and he said he'd take a look at what I had composed so far.
I sent him the letter as text in the body of an email. Dave copied this text and pasted it into MSWord. He did some editing and then saved the document as an MSWord document. He emailed it back to me.
In the above screen shot, you can see the attachment with the ".doc" extension. When this screen shot was taken, I was in the process of saving the document to my desktop. (I'm using the Thunderbird email program.)
Once I had the document saved, I simply double clicked the file and OpenOffice launched. Because OpenOffice is fully compatible with MSWord, the document opened and displayed exactly as Dave had laid it out. I then added my changes and suggestions and then saved it as a .doc document (MSWord document). Because Dave is running Windows and MSWord, He'll be able to open the document on his end with no problems.
And that's how easy it is to use OpenOffice with MSword. There are no compatibility problems.
I'm also sending Dave a link where he can download OpenOffice for free. (You can get it here). This way, he won't even have to bother with MSWord. He can use OpenOffice for Windows. And we can continue to exchange documents in the OpenOffice format (.odt). He on Windows, me on Linux. (and then I'm gonna get him to switch to Linux!)
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