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How to Easily Convert OpenOffice ODT Documents to Microsoft Word DOC Format

Groovy ODT File to Word conversion tutorialUnlike in Word 2010, older versions of Microsoft Office aren’t able to read or edit ODT formatted documents.  To get around this problem, all we need to do is change our ODT files into readable DOC files.  And, to do that we can use a free built-in program that came pre-packaged with Windows.


Note: Office 2010 by default supports .odt format, so this is only useful if you are running 2007, 2003, or an even older version.

Step 1

Right-Click the .odt file that you would like to convert and Select Open with > WordPad.*

*If WordPad does not appear on this list, you can still use it from the Choose default program menu.

open .odt files in wordpad

Step 2

Now that the file is open in WordPad Click the File menu to the left of the Home tab.  From the menu list Select Save as > Office Open XML document.  Now, name your file as you see fit to whatever location you like.

save odt file as open xml document


Your file should now be in the .docx format and readable by any version of Microsoft Office Word.  I like this solution because it is simple and doesn’t require installing any additional software to convert your documents.

.docx example file

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36 Responses to How to Easily Convert OpenOffice ODT Documents to Microsoft Word DOC Format

  1. Jen December 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow, this blog helps! I finally converted odt formatted document to doc file format. Thanks!

  2. Bee May 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I tried this and got a bunch of garble so it didn’t work for me :o(

  3. Simon May 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    It still just shows some random letters, it looks russian or chinese, how come this happens?

  4. TKT September 27, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    This work round only works if you are running Windows 7. This does NOT work with XP’s Wordpad.

  5. Julija December 8, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Thank you very much ! It worked ! 😀

  6. Nick February 26, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Maybe a stupid question, but does this also work on an ordinary smartphone and/or a BlackBerry (haven’t got one right now, so I can’t try)? Or how can I edit .odt files on a BB?

  7. Imran Khan March 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    I couldn’t open this file as your according
    Pls Help me I need its too mouch

  8. Travis March 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Very helpful post. I have been trying to figure out how to convert OpenOffice documents for quite some time. It couldn’t have been easier!

  9. Bob March 23, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Works a treat on Windows 8. Thanks a lot. Spent ages looking for a converter and at the end of the day your simple fix does the job.

    Thanks again

  10. sky August 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this info! 🙂

  11. shivani September 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    omg! thank u so much. you save my life. 🙂

  12. El November 3, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    For those who are confused. You need to open it with an application called Wordpad not the usual *notes* programme

    • Greg July 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Doesn’t work as shown with 8.1 at all.

  13. Bruce January 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Seems the best way to convert odt to doc formats, is to saveas RTF format in openoffice. I’ve tried all the ways above, and no other method preserved Headers & Footers. For just plain text type docs the above works fine, however most docs will have the aforementioned Headers & Footers.

  14. helen May 29, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    We are working on a book. Are using ms Word 2007. Our editor is using open office. When we mail the script so her Everything is fine. when we get it back we got a lot of problems. biggest problem is the print screen we have inserted, they are coming back with Everything around or in totally wrong format. it also happens with charts made of excell in the Word document. and sometimes the headlines get wroing. big problem. is there a way to get out of that problem? we have also tried with Word 2010 and it is the same problem.

    would be nice to hear if there is anything to do.

  15. J Keyes July 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Thanks for this tip. The major crippling factor in OpenOffice for me is you can’t perform a global search through thousands of OOo documents without being a rocket scientist. I threw in the towel and now converting all my OpenOffice records into doc or docx en masse. You’ve been most helpful!

  16. johnny obvious August 5, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    For goodness sake; just download/install OpenOffice, then save-as MS-word. Or, just use OpenOffice. The problems *you* have using msword, when others are using openoffice, is 1000x worse for those others when you insist on using msword. OpenOffice is free, cross-platform, and feature-compatible with msword. It has some differences from msword, but that’s not to say that msword “does it right”, it’s just that you’re used to one way of doing it. Anyone new to msword would have the same types of issues & frustrations as someone new to openoffice.

  17. John Coombes October 15, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Hey man, great stuff. Helped me out of a hole. Thanks.

  18. SCOTT WILLIAMS April 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm #


  19. Vasu Hajare June 22, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    Great…I was struggling in other way….Thanks a lot.

  20. Nico November 23, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    Thanks for this tip! Grazie!

  21. Ms67GTO May 5, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    I have WIndows 8.1 – did not work at all for me!

    • Bob May 6, 2016 at 1:55 am #

      Are you opening the file with “Wordpad”. Notepad or any other programme will not work

  22. Ms67GTO May 6, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Austin, yes I did use “Wordpad” – tried twice and I still have all of the garbled type. As you can probably tell, I’m not the most savvy computer tech in the world. This file is important as it’s a backup of my laptop from 2015. I don’t know why, but I saved it in the following formats: csv, pdf, txt, xlsx; none of which I can convert to a document which I believed I had saved under initially.

    Anyway, thanks for your response – I see I’m not the only night owl out there!!!

  23. Some Physicist June 30, 2016 at 3:03 am #

    The result is a readable *.docx file but I without proper formats and all images are lost. So not really a good sollution for me 🙁

  24. T September 10, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    right. is there a way to preserve formattig?

  25. KARAM December 7, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks !!

  26. Christopher December 15, 2016 at 2:47 am #

    Using Open Office 3.4.1 on Windows 7 Pro. I’m working on a book and the conversion seems to have retained the fonts and hyperlinks, but it looks like all the images are out on permanent vacation?

    Also, the margins are shot. Just a heads up, this trick does work for plain text documents but I wouldn’t recommend it for a 400+ page book 😉 Time to bite the bullet and purchase Office I guess…Ugh.

    Thank you!

  27. Babulal Kumawat January 11, 2017 at 12:22 am #

    This is really helpful blog. I converted odt formatted document to doc file format very easily. Thanks!

  28. Lori April 18, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    SOOO happy to find this article, which in turn helped me discover the blog 🙂 This tip worked like a CHARM! TY TY TY!

  29. Lori May 24, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    This worked great thanks!

  30. Shaktimayee Moharana July 12, 2017 at 2:57 am #

    Guys I tried converting odt to .docx by opening it on Wordpad(which displayed me some other language texts ovio) and then saved it as a .docx document..but still it didn’t worked for me…am working on it…better luck to u all..

  31. Ricardo July 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Wow, ive been stuck on this for days.
    This was a big help

  32. Renate August 1, 2017 at 2:47 am #

    Thank you very much

    • Steve Krause August 1, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      You bet Renate! I’m glad you enjoyed the articles. Welcome to groovyPost.

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