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Old 07-22-2005, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Awhile ago I unisntalled Microsoft Office and Word for OpenOffice. I thought Open Source stuff was better than Windows software (which may or may not be true). Now I regret it. My brothers and sisters like Word better. I can't find the disk that had Word on it. None of them say "This has microsoft office" for my dell or emachines

My college uses Word and I'm afraid if I brought an openoffice document to the college it would get screwed up

Do you think I should keep OpenOffice?
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Yes, it the options make it so its compadible with MS office, .doc is what you want not whateva OpenOffice is
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If you religiously save all your documents in OpenOffice to the .doc format (like I do) it won't be a problem.

My friends used to whine all the time about OpenOffice. They got used to it. Your brothers and sisters will too.
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Microsoft Office is much better than Open Office. Open Office is a good alternative since it's free but since you already paid for Microsoft Office you should continue using the better product.
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I thought Open Source stuff was better than Windows software (which may or may not be true).
Say WHAT?

I disagree that M$ Office is better than OpenOffice; it pisses me off more often than not.

That's how I judge most software
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Do you think I can get back Word with my windows xp installation disc for my Dell and emachine, and not have to reinstall windows xp?

I dont remember if my emachine had word
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No you can't that is for XP not Microsoft Office.
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Open Office is fully compatible with Word, it can read word documents, it can write them, it can create them. Same for excel. The only thing I am unsure open office can do is PowerPoint. If you still have the product key, then can M$ and say your Cds got damaged or some other excuse, and ask them for new disks. Or, (I am ASSUMING you have a legitimate product key), you could borrow discs of the same version (ie Office 2003) and go about it that way. If you like office better, then use it. But in a few years when you need to upgrade your office suite, seriously consider OO instead $350-$500 is worth a lot of minor bugs in an office app.
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OpenOffice can read and present PowerPoint presentations. However, it kinda sucks at making them. It takes a little practice to get a hold of the concept.

That's really my only gripe about OpenOffice.
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open office has a free pdf tool. who else does?
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