As if it's not already known, OpenOffice, like most free open source software, is a pile of crap. http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/office-compatibility-torture-test-302?page=0,0 Follow the pages and look at the carnage. "In InfoWorld's tests using complex Word and Excel documents, OpenOffice.org 3.1 failed to deliver on its promise of better Microsoft Office interoperability, severely mangling our Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel test data files. By stark contrast, SoftMaker Office showed excellent compatibility with Office 2003 file formats, making it a safe choice for heterogeneous environments -- at least where external data access wasn¢t a priority. Neither OpenOffice.org nor SoftMaker Office was able to preserve links to an external SQL data source in imported Microsoft Excel documents." "The three images below show the identical document section rendered under Microsoft Word 2010 (in compatibility mode), OpenOffice Writer 3.1, and TextMaker 2009, respectively. Notice how OpenOffice mangled the hanging indent in the bulleted list, while Word and TextMaker rendered the list correctly. (Click each image for a closer look.)" And this one from the last page is the best! http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/office-compatibility-torture-test-302?page=0,4 "Finally, these last three images show what happens when you import the same file in Office 2007 (Open XML, .docx) format. OpenOffice Writer completely lost track of the embedded charts and drawings, reducing them to gibberish at the top of the document (first and second images). By contrast, the beta release of TextMaker 2009 (third image) successfully imported and rendered the entire contents of the Office 2007-formatted Word document" But of course Peter KKKolhmann claims Openoffice translates documents just fine and Chris Ahlstrom claims he sends OO documents all the time to co-workers and they don't seem to have any problems. I prefer to believe Infoworld over the lying Linux cracked pots.