How to Convert OpenOffice to Word

Updated July 19, 2017

OpenOffice is a free suite of office applications that competes with Microsoft Office. If you receive or download documents with the ODT file extension (.odt), these files were created using OpenOffice. Microsoft Word 2007 can open ODT files, thanks to recent updates from Microsoft, but older versions of Word cannot. Use the OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office to open ODT files then save them in the DOC format.

Download and install the Microsoft .NET Framework (see link in Resources). If it is already installed on your computer, skip this step. Computers that have all available downloads from Windows Update installed will have the .NET Framework installed already.

Visit the OpenXML/ODF Translator website (link in Resources). Download and install the Office Compatibility Pack appropriate for your version of Microsoft Office (XP or 2003), if necessary. This package will already be installed on most systems that are updated via Office Update. Remain on the OpenXML/ODF Translator website.

Scroll down the page until you find the download link next to "ODF Add-in for Microsoft Office." Click the download link, which redirects you to

Click the folder with the most recent release number, then click the download link that includes the letters "en" in the file name. This signifies the English-language version of the add-in. Save the file to your desktop, then double-click it to install the add-in. You may need to restart your computer after the installation.

Launch Microsoft Word. Click "File," then click "Open." Browse to the OpenOffice file that needs to be opened, and double-click it. The file will open in Word.

Click "File," then click "Save As." Alternatively, you can hit the "F12" key on the keyboard.

Browse to the location where you want the converted version of the file saved.

Click the drop-down menu next to "Save as type." Select "Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)." Name the file and click "Save." A copy of the OpenOffice document will be converted to the Word format.


Microsoft added OpenXML/ODF compatibility to Office beginning with Office 2007 Service Pack 2. If you are running Office 2007 and cannot open these files, confirm that your Office installation is fully updated.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Microsoft Office XP or 2003
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