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Guys this is getting really annoying, i installed Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu 11.10 just to use the office. Each time i want to write a document i reboot into Windows 7. It's all because of the formatting i get when i write files in .docx using LibreOffice. I tried everything that came to my mind, from resizing the page width and length, to changing the fonts and sizes. I always get a different formatting. For example, i get spaces where i did not put spaces ... The formatting is just different it looks so different than how it looks in Microsoft Word 2010. I don't want to install Word using wine because when i used it back then on ubuntu it used to crash and caused me a lot of trouble. And the most clear formatting error i get is with numbering.

For example, i wrote:

1. anything
2. whatever

when i save the file then reopen it in word i get:

1.1.1. anything
1.1.2. whatever

then when i go back to LibreOffice it stays:

1.1.1. anything
1.1.2. whatever

I've searched everywhere but i couldn't find any solution. I hope this is easy to fix and i don't get it how no one experienced this before.

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Formatting Issues between the two, nothing new really you should report this as a bug. –  Uri Herrera Dec 16 '11 at 19:28
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And for Compatibility issues, it's better to use .doc instead. –  Uri Herrera Dec 16 '11 at 19:29
    
You could use MS office 2007 with playonlinux, is realy stable. it works well for me. –  Lipe Dec 16 '11 at 21:05
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Yeah, if you want MS Office compatibility, there's nothing better than MS Office. :(

However, I can maybe help you fix the rebooting problem, if your machine is up to it: install windows in a virtual machine. That's what I do.

All you need is a relatively modern processor that isn't meant to be for low power netbooks or something (i.e. not Atom, I think), and enough RAM to run both OS at once.

If you have that, then just install Virtual Box, create a new virtual machine using the simple GUI interface, insert your Windows CD, run the new blank VM, and install Windows, in a Window.

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Thanks for the help guys, i guess you're right, no product is as good as Microsoft's Office. It seems that i'll be going for a virtual machine. –  Ramzi Njeim Dec 17 '11 at 15:54
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