Open DOCX File

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How to save a DOCX file in OpenOffice

The open source OpenOffice is a fully functional free alternative to Microsoft Office Word program. However, Word is still used as an industry leading office word processing software. In fact its DOC format was a text document standard de facto for years. Then, in 2007, Microsoft introduced their DOCX format, with its Word 2007 application and the advances that this format represents.

OpenOffice does not have a component for reading and saving DOCX files with Writer at the time. That is why a brief procedure of saving to DOC and converting from DOC to DOCX must be done to achieve such compatibility.

Instructions for OpenOffice save as DOCX

  1. Open OpenOffice Writer. Create a new document or open an existing file you want to convert.
  2. Click 'File' on the toolbar. Select the 'Save As' option if you are saving a new file or if you want to convert an existing file to DOCX format. A 'Save' dialog box opens.
  3. Name the desired file in the 'File name' field and choose the place where you want to save it on your hard drive.
  4. Click the arrow to the right of the 'File Extension' bar. A menu displays with several different file extension options. Click on the DOC extension to save the file in that format.
  5. Click the save button to finish saving the DOC file in OpenOffice.
  6. Open DOC file in Microsoft Word or online Word.
  7. Click "Save as..." from the Microsoft Word menu and select "DOCX" as an output format. In online version of Word you need to click "Save as..." and then select "Download a copy" in order to download the document in DOCX file format.

Among the additional features of the OpenOffice suite is its compatibility with other file formats including DOC, DOT, WPD, WPS and many more, which ensures that work done in OpenOffice can be opened and edited in other programs.

File Extension Info

DOCX Quick Info
  Microsoft Word OOXML Document File
  application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml. document
Opens with
  Microsoft Word
  Microsoft Office Online
  Apache OpenOffice