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Hairyloon

docx files and Openoffice

I was trying to fill in a job application today, it was a *.docx file.
I opened it in Openoffice, did some work and saved it. When I opened it up again, the formatting had gone all over the place.

Is it probable that I did something screwy or do docx files tend to do that?

Either way it was a pretty poor form: if you want a form sent in by email, isn't it better to set up form fields to take the input rather than have everything you type move things about?

What would we recommend for doing that? Or are they all much of a muchness?
dpack

i often grab a document in whatever format it was sent in, export it to the desktop as a pdf , work on it, then send it back .
Hairyloon

i often grab a document in whatever format it was sent in, export it to the desktop as a pdf , work on it, then send it back .

What do you use to work on pdf's?
Nick

Full version of acrobat.
Hairyloon

Full version of acrobat.

That is the obvious answer, but Adobe have annoyed me enough to look elsewhere first.
That said, the point of the question was to have a suggestion to pass on.
Nick

Word on the original file? You've a school aged child, it should be free to obtain. tahir

Editing a PDF in Word is pretty painful, doesn't work reliably.

Is LibreOffice any better with your docx?
Nick

Editing a PDF in Word is pretty painful, doesn't work reliably.

Is LibreOffice any better with your docx?

Yes, but it's not a PDF to start with.
tahir

True Hairyloon

Word on the original file? You've a school aged child, it should be free to obtain.

I didn't know that. Not sure I want to encourage the monopoly any more than I need to though.

The actual editing isn't a problem only the saving, and that would've worked if I'd used another format. Thinking about it, there was no purpose to mentioning Openoffice in the title. Sorry. Embarassed
I was going to give them some feedback and tell them their form is crap, but it would be better to give them a constructive suggestion along with it.
Chez

If you edit your docx in open/libre office as a docx, you can then 'save as pdf' to send it back to them. That doesn't mess with the formatting. dpack

what chez sez.
tis just a matter of exporting it rather than saving/sending or sending it direct

similar things work with draw and gimp stuff as well if they get uppity when you need share them.
dpack

much as i like bill for giving the cash to good research some of microsofts apps and os are very clunky in real world use. Hairyloon

Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place. Embarassed

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.
dpack

writeable pdf Chez

I usually reformat the form and send it back to them as a *.docx, just as a courtesy, you understand. Not because I'm OCD. Nick

Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place. Embarassed

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.

Is part of the job description to improve their communication? If not, it might not be the ice breaker you're after, assuming you want the job.
Hairyloon

Thank you all again, but you are answering the wrong question, unless the best answer is Acrobat (which it might be).
That is my fault for asking it badly in the first place. Embarassed

The question is not of how to fill in the form, but of how best to create a better form, and what format to distribute it in.

Is part of the job description to improve their communication? If not, it might not be the ice breaker you're after, assuming you want the job.
They mentioned good IT skills, but I've already given up on the job: didn't meet some of their essential requirements.
Plus I don't want it on false pretences: best they know what kind of trouble I am before they hire me. Wink
Hairyloon

writeable pdf
That was my thought also. Is Acrobat the only/best option for that?
dpack

libre office

iirc there is an adobe free version of something for ms os that can even turn a screen shot into a writeable pdf
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