Libreoffice And Microsoft Office

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LibreOffice It's a step up from Google Docs, but it doesn't quite reach the heights of Microsoft Office. This might simply be because if you grew up using Microsoft Office, the nuances add up spread across the multiple pieces of software. There is no Outlook or OneNote equivalent in the LibreOffice suite. Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Microsoft Office is a proprietary office suite for Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X operating systems by Microsoft. It comprises desktop applications, servers and various services. On the other hand, Libreoffice is also an office suite, but it is developed by the Document Foundation. It is a free and open source suite. Microsoft Office and Libreoffice are similar in the basic.

LibreOffice can open and save documents in the Microsoft Office file formats, including Microsoft Office Open XML formats.

Opening a Microsoft Office File

Office
  1. Choose File - Open. Select a Microsoft Office file in the LibreOffice file open dialog.

MS Office file...

...will open in LibreOffice module

Microsoft Word, *.doc, *.docx

LibreOffice Writer

Microsoft Excel, *.xls, *.xlsx

LibreOffice Calc

Microsoft PowerPoint, *.ppt, *.pps, *.pptx

LibreOffice Impress


Free

Saving as a Microsoft Office File

Office
  1. Choose File - Save As.

  2. In the File type box, select a Microsoft Office file format.

Saving Documents by Default in Microsoft Office Formats

Libreoffice Microsoft Office Skin

  1. Choose - Load/Save - General.

  2. In the Default file format and ODF settings area, first select a document type, then select the file type for saving.

From now on, if you save a document, the File type will be set according to your choice. Of course, you still can select another file type in the file save dialog.

Opening Microsoft Office Files by Default

  1. In Windows’ File Explorer, right-click a file of the type that you want to assign to another application.

  2. In the context menu, choose Open with - Choose another app.

  3. In the list of applications that appears, select the program that should open the current type of files. Make sure that “Always use this app” is checked.

    If these steps do not apply to your brand of Microsoft Windows, search your Microsoft Windows Help for instructions how to change the file associations.

Converting Many Microsoft Office Files into OpenDocument Format

The Document Converter Wizard will copy and convert all Microsoft Office files in a folder into LibreOffice documents in the OpenDocument file format. You can specify the folder to be read, and the folder where the converted files are to be saved.

  1. Choose File - Wizards - Document Converter to start the wizard.

Macros in Microsoft Office and LibreOffice

With a few exceptions, Microsoft Office and LibreOffice cannot run the same macro code. Microsoft Office uses VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code, and LibreOffice uses Basic code based on the LibreOffice API (Application Program Interface) environment. Although the programming language is the same, the objects and methods are different.

The most recent versions of LibreOffice can run some Excel Visual Basic scripts if you enable this feature at - Load/Save - VBA Properties.


If you use macros in one of the applications and want to use the same functionality in the other application, you must edit the macros. LibreOffice can load the macros that are contained within Microsoft Office files and you can then view and edit the macro code in the LibreOffice Basic IDE editor.

And

You can choose to preserve or delete VBA macros

Libreoffice Microsoft Office Style

Open a Microsoft Office document that contains VBA macro code. Change only the normal contents (text, cells, graphics), and do not edit the macros. Save the document as a Microsoft Office file type. Open the file in Microsoft Office, and the VBA macros will run as before.

You may delete the VBA macros from the Microsoft Office file on loading or on saving.

Libreoffice Microsoft Office Format

  1. Choose - Load/Save - VBA Properties to set the VBA macro handling of LibreOffice.