Saving a Document

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Saving a Document

To save a new document in Writer, do one of the following:

  • Press  Ctrl  +  S .
  • Choose File → Save.
  • Click the  Save  button on the main toolbar.

When the Save As dialog box appears, enter the file name, verify the file type (if applicable), and click  Save .

To save an open document with the current file name, choose File → Save. This will overwrite the last saved state of the file.

Saving a Document Automatically

You can choose to have Writer save a recovery copy of your document automatically at regular intervals. Automatic saving, unlike manual saving, does not overwrite the last saved state of the file. It saves a temporary version that can be recovered in case of a program crash. Using this feature does not replace periodically saving your work. To set up automatic file saving:

  1. Select Tools → Options → Load/Save → General.
  2. Click on Save AutoRecovery information every and set the time interval. The default value is 15 minutes. Enter the value you want by typing it or by pressing the up or down arrow keys.

Saving as a Microsoft Word Document

If you need to exchange files with users of Microsoft Word, they may not know how to open and save .odt files. Any version of Microsoft Word since Microsoft Office 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) can do this.

Some users of Microsoft Word may be unwilling to work with *.odt files. In this case, you can save a document as a Microsoft Word file.

  1. Important—First save your document in the file format used by AOO Writer, *.odt. If you do not, any changes you made since the last time you saved will only appear in the Microsoft Word version of the document.
  2. Then click File → Save As in the Save As dialog box, in the File type (or Save as type) drop-down menu, select the type of Word format you need.
  3. Click  Save .

From this point on, all changes you make to the document will occur only in the Microsoft Word document. You have changed the name and file type of your document. If you want to go back to working with the *.odt version of your document, you must open it again.

Tip.png To have Writer save documents by default in the Microsoft Word file format, go to Tools → Options → Load/Save → General. In the section named Default file format and ODF settings, under Document type, select Text document, then under Always save as, select your preferred file format. Saving in a foreign format may lead to the loss of formatting, particularly with complex documents.

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Figure 18: Saving a file in Microsoft Word format
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