Converting an ODT File to Word

Need to convert an ODT file to Word? Depending on which version of Word you use, you'll have a different procedure for converting the files, but it is relatively simple to open ODT files in Microsoft Word.

How to open an ODT file in Microsoft Word 2003.
If you're willing to install a plug-in for Word, you can open ODT files directly in Word without converting Word docs at all. To open an ODT file in Word 2003, you'll need the Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office. You can download this plug-in directly from the Sun Web site. When you download and install this plug-in, you should be able to open ODT files in Word without taking any further steps. Double-click the files to open them in Word, or use the Open dialog from the file menu.

How to open ODT files in with the Sun plug-in in Microsoft Word 2007.
If you're using Microsoft Word 2007, you can still use the Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office to open ODF files in Word. Make sure you have at least Service Pack 1 installed for your version of Microsoft Office 2007. If you do not have Service Pack 1 installed, you can download it via Windows Update.

With Service Pack 1 installed, download the Sun plug-in directly from the Sun Web site, and install it. Then you're ready to open ODT files like any other Word document. You can also use the Sun plug-in if you already have Service Pack 2 installed, but Service Pack 2 comes with built-in support for ODT files.

Opening ODT files in Word 2007 with Service Pack 2.
Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Word 2007 includes native support for ODT files. If you've got Service Pack 2 installed, you can open ODT files like any other Word file, either by double-clicking on the file or by using the Open dialog box from inside of Word. You may still choose to use the Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office even if you have Service Pack 2 installed because the Sun plug-in claims to provide better support for ODT files. Experiment with both to see which you prefer.

How to convert an ODT file to Word.
If you don't want to install plug-ins or service packs, you can use a third-party program called Zamzar to convert ODT to Word files. Once the conversion is finished, you can edit the files in Word. You can also upload ODT files to Google Docs and then download them as Word files.

Finally, if you don't mind installing software, you can always download the free OpenOffice productivity suite and convert ODT files to Word files from OpenOffice. Simply download and install OpenOffice, and then open your ODT file in OpenOffice in the regular way. With your document open in OpenOffice, go to File and then select the Save As option. If you select DOC as the file type, you'll save the file as a Word document and you can then open it in Microsoft Word.

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