Is there a way to make libreoffice compatible with Microsoft office? Do I just need it to be in the same file format? Or will it still mess up each other?

  • Recent versions of MS Office can actually open .odt files, which is what LibreOffice uses by default. Nov 16, 2016 at 19:22
  • Please put this in the answers. Nov 16, 2016 at 19:23
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    The basic functions are similar but formatting and complex functions do not always cross over.
    – Panther
    Nov 16, 2016 at 19:23
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    See askubuntu.com/questions/117602/… and the nice Bruno Pereira's answer there. or my answer here: askubuntu.com/questions/630849/…
    – Rmano
    Nov 16, 2016 at 19:23
  • @UbuntuUser - It's a bit short for an answer, and also it doesn't directly answer the question. So it's better suited as a comment. Nov 16, 2016 at 19:24

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For basic documents, saving LibreOffice documents as Microsoft Word 2007-2013 XML is just fine. If you are collaborating with others on a document and formatting matters, particularly if you have embedded images, track changes, comments, et al, then I recommend agreeing with your collaborators on using either LibreOffice or Microsoft Word. There are too many small things that get lost in translation that can be a huge time suck. As an Ubuntu user, I pitch LibreOffice for collaboration but have MS Word 2010 installed under Wine as a fall-back. Wine support for MS Office 2010 is excellent, rock solid.

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