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    What is OpenOffice and how do I use it (WordXP SP3)

    Hello

    Ive downloaded & installed Open Office.

    The issue is I have a corrpt word document. When in Word I do a Open & Repair the online report doesnt appear. However when I do a Save As - the doc hangs.
    Ive applied all the tips, create doc from scratch, remove all section breaks, open and repair, selected all doc except last paragraph mark & paste into new doc.. with out success.

    I was wondering what Open Office does & will it clean the doc?

    diana

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    Re: What is OpenOffice and how do I use it (WordXP SP3)

    According to the article What to do when a Word document won't open:

    "If Word won

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    Re: What is OpenOffice and how do I use it (WordXP SP3)

    In answer to the part of your question asking 'What is Open Office and how do I use it', in addition to what Alan has said, Open Office is a free open source suite of programs similar to MS Office. It can handle quite a few MS Office files, and though results in my lmited experience are not always identical, it's pretty good. Assuming you have installed Open Office, you could try opening your problem document in a couple of ways. (1) Navigate to the document in Windows Explorer, right click and select Open with. (That works in Windows XP. In earlier versions of Windows you may need to hold shift while you right click to be offered Open With.) Select Open Office. (2) Alternatively, start Open Office from your start menu with a text document (if you are on version 1.3) or with Open Office Writer if you are on the new version 1.9, which is the beta of version 2). The use the file open procedure in the usual way.

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