As of this time of this writing, the OpenOffice.org package included with Ubuntu Festy Fawn, Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon and Debian Etch still does not support opening Microsoft Office OpenXML (docx) document format.
Though the use of docx files are HIGHLY DISCOURAGED, it is still important for us to be able to read document in this format in-case if somebody forwarded docx files to us.
Here are some easy steps to follow in order to enable OpenOffice.org to read OpenXML docx files :
- Download odf_filter.tar.bz2 file, and unzip it
- The archive contains 4 additional files, MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu, MOOXTypeDetection.xcu, OdfConverter and README.txt
- Follow instructions in README.txt and copy the 3 files into Openoffice installation directory as outlined below
sudo cp OdfConverter /usr/lib/openoffice/program/
sudo cp MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu
sudo cp MOOXTypeDetection.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types/
After that, your Openoffice.org installation should be able to read/open Microsoft Office 2007 OpenXML docx file without any problems.
This trick only works on Document (docx) files but not on Presentation (pptx) and Spreadsheet files (xslx).
Original source – OpenOffice. OpenXML Translator
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