Want to investigate moving to OpenOffice.org? Have a massive load of Word and other documents that are holding you back?

Take heart, there are various options that you can pursue, not the least of which is setting your OpenOffice.org defaults to read and write the appropriate format of Microsoft file types.

While in OpenOffice.org, just click on the Tools menu -> Options, click on the + sign next to Load/Save and choose the General item. On the General dialogue, the lower third is where you find the Default file format configuration selections. Here you can choose the default type of document to open (slideshow, spreadsheet, etc.) and all importantly the Always save as option, where you can choose from various formats, including:

  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML
  • Microsoft Word 6.0
  • Microsoft Word 95
  • Microsoft 97/2000/XP

By choosing a mutually compatible load/save file format that reflects the majority of your documents, you can save a lot of time and energy and not have to convert all of your documents just to try out or move over to OpenOffice.org.

I also recommend reading a posting by Serdar Yegulalp over at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about mass-migrating Word documents, some good advice and linkage in it.