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Any Experience with LibreOffice
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Any Experience with LibreOffice
I've been using office 2010 for years. I recently dropped and damaged my laptop beyond repair and purchased a new one. When I attempted to install and activate office 2010 I got the message that I have exceeded the number of installations allowed by my license key. I've tried calling Microsoft several times and have actually talked to real people. In each case they told me that, under my circumstances, they would permit activation, but needed to transfer me too a specialist..... who never picked up after hold times of at least 45 min. So I'm giving up. My alternatives are office 2007 (still have unused installations available) or LibreOffice. From reviews it appears LibreOffice is very compatible with current versions of microsoft office. Has anyone here had experience with LibreOffice and would you recommend it?
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
I'm not what you'd call a power user but I have used openoffice and libreoffice for at least 10 years, mostly for word processing and spreadsheets. personally, I don't see any reason to use ms office; libreoffice works fine for me and easily converts documents to/from ms and other formats.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
I've been using LibreOffice for years and love it.  It's in use at several clients' locations.  One thing that you will probably need to do is change the default document file types.  This will make it compatible with MS Office users.   Go to the Tools->Options->Load/Save->General menu and set the Text Document to ".docx" and the Spreadsheet to ".xlsx".

A side note about MS Office 2010. A client recently upgraded computer systems and tried to move Office 2010 Enterprise Edition over to the new systems.  The install presented a message that a new key was required and to contact MS Support.  After selecting the USA as the country of support, it states that this product is no longer supported and all activation is now void.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
The new Office 365 program is licensed year to year at $99/year for the main suite of Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Note and an unlimited OneDrive and some other things. I have moved to the new version and considered that to be a pretty good deal since I can license up to 5 computers, phones etc. So the whole family has Office and the price is not bad. I tried switching to the freeware and just felt it came up short, especially since I like the features in Outlook. The new versions seamlessly sync all my devices and make documents available on mobile devices if I need or want them, and it works well with my contacts on the Apple cloud. I think the upgrade is worthwhile, but if you can settle for the freeware, go for it. The free stuff is not equal and you have to change your workflow. You get a free trial, why not check it out?

BTW my Office 2010 still works on my computer but I'm mostly using the Office 365 apps.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
Thanks for the responses.

Office 2010 works fine on our other two computers also. I've gotten security updates recently, so it appears it's still supported.

I think I'll give the freeware a spin. Since I stopped consulting my needs are much simpler. If I wanted OneDrive I would go with 365. A major beef I have with Microsoft is that with previous versions of windows 10, OneDrive was available, but had to be activated for use. With the newest version of Windows it runs by default with only 5GB of storage. So I am bombarded with pop ups that I need to purchase more storage. I don't want OneDrive. I don't need it. But I can't figure out how to disable it so files are only stored on my local drive.

I don't like subscription software but I suspect that's the trend for the future.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
I'm a writer. I use LibreOffice daily. I used to use OpenOffice until they borked themselves.

Saved files are MUCH smaller in terms of bytes
No MSWord hidden code crap
Tool bars are much more betterer understandabler
Tool bars are very customizeable

That said, I have an ancient version of Word for when I am editing with the publishers assigned editor. I am forced to do this. I am tempted to do the next one on LibreOffice anyway and see if anyone notices. They say it is due to incompatible saves but personally I believe it was the editor was messing stuff up (kept sending me the file with different extensions then saying OpenOffice was doing it) and Google Drive (there were phone numbers interspersed in the document that were not in the original).

My nephew just built me a kick arse gaming computer, I mean writing computer. I can't find my Word disk and am considering purchasing a new version. Kinda stuck between the 365 and the one-go one.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
(01-06-2020, 12:10 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote: I've been using LibreOffice for years and love it.  It's in use at several clients' locations.  One thing that you will probably need to do is change the default document file types.  This will make it compatible with MS Office users.   Go to the Tools->Options->Load/Save->General menu and set the Text Document to ".docx" and the Spreadsheet to ".xlsx".

There is an extension called "multi save". You can set it to save in specific formats and it does them all at once. It works out great for me. The main problem I have with LibreOffice is not many Android programs can view .odt documents. So saving in both formats works out for me.

I do backups to my cloud and active projects are saved via ftp. I can access both from my tablet, phone, laptop, anything that can access the 'net.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
For an accounting firm, I view it as a security risk and remove it from their systems. Here are the steps describing how to go about it.

Windows 10
Select the Start button, type Programs in the search box, and then select Add or remove programs in the list of results.
Under Apps & features, find and select Microsoft OneDrive, and then select Uninstall. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
I run LibreOffice on most of my machines and really like it. It is really great on my iMac which only has 6 GB of memory. LO has a very small resource footprint. Like most folks have noted, I went in and set the MS extensions as the default. There are some oddities with their version of PowerPoint which I haven't totally figured out, so I still use PowerPoint for slides.

One thing I have found is it is more compatible with MS Office than Office is. I have been able to open many old Office files that office will no longer open.
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RE: Any Experience with LibreOffice
I can't give anything useful about LibreOffice. One of my college classes in 2012 had us experiment with the program a bit, just to see how it worked. Unfortunately, like almost everything else with my college classes, I've forgotten just enough to now be dangerous with a computer. I do remember it worked fine, but only MS Office could produce "acceptable" homework.
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