13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2014 11:25 AM by VikingOSX
UMMichelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Anyone have any thoughts on which is better, for general usage on a Macbook Pro? Just want to use it to edit word documents really.  Not sure which to download.


MacBook Pro
  • 1. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    They're both good, but I think that Libre is better (and I know that it is more actively supported)

     

    For editing Word documents there is little to choose between them.

  • 2. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Navweb3620 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I'd agree with Csound1. Libre Office is the way to go. Plus it's more actively developed.

  • 3. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    UMMichelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I went on the site yesterday and looks like there 2 elements to download of Libre Office? Once I download it, do you know how I use it in conjunction with a word doc? Like do I open The document and right click to open it using Libre? Or can I only use Libre to create a new word document?

  • 4. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Guys, this is a forum for the application Pages on Macs, not for LibreOffice or such.

  • 5. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,630 points)

    It has a manual.

     

    Spend a little time familiarising yourself with it or you'll be here every 5 minutes when you want to know something else.

     

    Peter

  • 6. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    Is the TOU being transgressed?

  • 7. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    UMMichelle wrote:

     

    how I use it in conjunction with a word doc? Like do I open The document and right click to open it using Libre?

     

    How about File > Open?

  • 8. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    "I went on the site yesterday and looks like there 2 elements to download of Libre Office?"

     

    No, just one download.

  • 9. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    UMMichelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did see that suggestion of yours in a prior discussion. :) but On the word document which is in my email there's not that option. And in Pages I don't see where I can open an existing document in the app.

  • 10. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    The option is in Libre Office, not the document itself.

     

    This is exactly the same as Word, or pages, on the File Menu, select Open and choose the file.

  • 11. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,630 points)

    Try right clicking on the file in Mail and see if it lets you open it with another application.

     

    Failing that save the mail attachment to somewhere like your Documents folder and then open it to whatever application you want by right clicking on it in Finder and choosing the application.

     

    Peter

  • 12. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    UMMichelle wrote:

     

    I did see that suggestion of yours in a prior discussion. but On the word document which is in my email there's not that option. And in Pages I don't see where I can open an existing document in the app.

     

    It sounds like you normally try to use files to open apps.  The reverse procedure, using apps to open files, is often more reliable. Normally you should also move files you get by email to your desktop or documents folder before opening them.   If you are running Pages, this illustrates how you can open an existing doc via File > Open:

     

    Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 8.18.54 AM.png

  • 13. Re: OpenOffice vs LibreOffice
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)

    Once you have LibreOffice installed (drag to /Applications), the icon can be dragged from there onto the Dock (left of the divider) and released. Now, you should have multiple open methods available to you:

    1. In Finder, right-button click on the Word document icon, choose Open with..., and LibreOffice.
    2. In Finder, single-click and drag your Word document onto the LibreOffice application icon in your Dock.
    3. Launch LibreOffice. From the panel displaying individual LibreOffice applications, select the Open button, and navigate to your Word document.
    4. Launch LibreOffice. Select Text Document. From Writer, choose File Open... or File Recent Documents.

     

    Double-clicking the Word document icon, will open it by default in Pages v5.0.1, if it is already installed. If you always want the default open application to be LibreOffice, do the following for .docx, .doc, and .rtf (if you want).

     

    1. Single-click a Word document, and press option+command+I (eye) to Get Info.
    2. Look for the section that has Open with:
      1. If LibreOffice is already selected, you are done.
      2. If Pages, click and hold the application selection list.
        1. Choose LibreOffice
        2. Press the Change All... button
        3. If  you are sure, press the Continue button