In case your lecturer insists you provide a Microsoft Word document instead of a PDF, just export your document to Word by choosing File › Save as and then selecting File type › Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP.
If on the other hand you have just imported a Word document full of manual formatting without consistent use of styles you will need to ‘clean’ the text. There are two ways to go about it:
- The more radical but very simple solution is to
- I ) mark the whole text with Ctrl + a,
- II ) turn the marked text into Text body with Ctrl + 0
- III) remove all manual formatting from marked text with Ctrl + m
- IV ) format your text from scratch using styles.
- The more gentle solution is to delete or replace existing styles with others. For that just go to Edit › Find & Replace › More Options and tick Styles. So you would use this method to replace all occurrences of the Default style with the style Text Body. This way of going about things is especially useful for very long texts with lots of very useful styles and only a few useless ones you want to get rid of or overwrite. In the list of Page styles you should also delete all Convert and MP styles – these are namely remnants from Word.
Illustration 36. As you can see the header in Word sticks to the upper page edge regardless of margin width and away from the main text to which it belongs; OpenOffice leaves margin free.
Illustration 37. Microsoft Word: Lots of buttons which change around “dynamically” depending on what you are doing (German version)