Solved Obtaining and installing MS Word on Windows 10

June 22, 2019 at 17:04:38
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I have been using Open Office on my Windows 10 computer.

I was just given a large .docx file to edit. I do not yet know what
version of Word created it. It does not display correctly in Open
Office Writer, so I may need some version of Word to edit it.

The most recent version of Word I have on CD is MS Office 2000.

Is it recent enough to handle .docx files? Will it work in Win 10?

If I need to, how can I easily obtain a more recent version of Word
without giving more money to the evil MS? I figure I have already
given them too much. No more. And I'm certainly not going to
use an online editor.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#1
June 22, 2019 at 17:39:25
Try LibreOffice. It can deal with .docx.
https://www.libreoffice.org/

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June 22, 2019 at 17:45:05
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DOCX was introduced in Word 2007 so your copy of 2000 won't work.

If Open Office is having trouble with the file try LibreOffice.
Found that Libre has more frequent updates.

If I need to, how can I easily obtain a more recent version of Word
without giving more money to the evil MS?

Probably the cheapest would be Office Online or Office 365.
See here:
https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/can-g...

You could also look around on EBay or Craiglist for an old copy of 2007
or load the file on a USB stick and head for your local library.
They usually have up to date software that you can use for free.

MIKE

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#3
June 22, 2019 at 18:58:26
"Open Office Writer"
Are you using version 4.1.6?
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Offic...
http://www.openoffice.org/
File formats OOo can open
https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Do...

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#4
June 22, 2019 at 21:03:06
The version of Open Office I have is 4.1.5.

It opened .docx files before, but this new one is bigger, with a
large number of images, and apparently at least one fancy font.
With a previous largish file I removed all existing formatting as
the first step of editing. This one has too much formatting
already done to it.

The main problems I see so far are that several images have
horizontal lines poking in from the edges, which are not in the
printed copy made by Kinkos from the .docx file, and that some
images overlap others, again not in the printed copy. I need to
test some more to determine whether the problem is actually
with Open Office Writer or with my copy of the .docx file.

I can't use a library computer. I use computers because they
let me do stuff without leaving my cave. If I had the wherewithal
to get outa here as many times as it would take to get this project
done at the library, I'd be doing something remunerative instead.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
June 23, 2019 at 06:04:14
Try saving a copy of the document in a different format like RTF or HTML
see if that helps.

MIKE

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#6
June 23, 2019 at 13:41:34
I discovered the cause of the horizontal lines in several pictures.
The "contour" feature was turned on for those pictures, for no
obvious reason. The pictures are not appropriate for fitting text
to a contour. I'll have to ask the last person who edited the file
how it got turned on. Does anyone know if that feature is called
by the same name in Word as it is in Open Office Writer?

I thought I could test on another computer, running Windows 7.
But it turned out to have Word 2003, which was not presented as
an option to open the .docx file, so I didn't try it. The default was
to open in Word Perfect. I didn't know WP was still around! WP
didn't display the file any better than OO Writer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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June 23, 2019 at 14:14:58

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June 23, 2019 at 15:44:05
"Does anyone know if that feature is called by the same name in Word"
Open up your Word help file, look for Wrap & Contour.

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June 24, 2019 at 15:56:09
"Wrap & Contour". Thanks, John. That will definitely help in
communicating with the previous editor!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
July 16, 2019 at 13:54:36
Someone else marked this thread as "Solved".

I ended up asking a friend to order a copy of MS Office 2010
for me to download and install. He told me it only cost $5, so
that's what I gave him, but in the e-mail where he provided the
link to Google Drive, it appears that he paid GBP 8.65, which
the Internet tells me is British Pounds. I don't know where he
ordered it from, but evidently it was from outside the USA.
It included an activation code, but I wasn't required to enter it
in order to use Word. So I dunno how it worked, but it worked.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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