Guide: LibreOffice Writer Part 8: Saving and Exporting

In this eighth and final part of our Writer guide, we show you all about saving in LibreOffice Writer. This includes exporting into the PDF format.

So, previously, we touched on a last few set of details such as URLs and images. So, now we are going to touch on saving your document and exporting into the PDF format.

Saving Your Document

If you want to save your document in a format that is compatible with other computers, LibreOffice offers a lot of options for you. In fact, being compatible with other people’s computers can make or break whether or not you even want to sink time into learning this software in the first place. Luckily, Writer has pretty much got you covered. Simple click on File and Save As…

There are a number of different formats you can save to. By default, LibreOffice will want to save in the ODF format. This is great if your recipient happens to use something like OpenOffice or LibreOffice. If, however, the recipient in question uses an older version of Word, then opening this document may be problematic for your recipient.

DocX is used in more modern forms of Microsoft Word. While you can simply send and ODT file, you can also send a file that is native to a more modern Microsoft Word to save any potential problems for your recipient.

The Doc format should be great if your recipient happens to use an old version of Word. That is probably one of the more compatible formats around.

RTF is another format that can be compatible with a number of different documents. However, you need to beware of this format if it involves images. If you send an RTF with images inside it, the images may not be received. If it’s just normal text, however, it’ll probably be fine.

That is a quick rundown of the most likely formats you’ll ever find yourself using as well as some advantages and disadvantages of the different formats. Regardless, Writer will have at least one format that is friendly towards whoever is receiving your document.

The general advantage here is that the recipient can edit the document you send. This is great for collaborations.

Exporting in the PDF Format

on the flip side, let’s say you want the document to remain unaltered. Additionally, you don’t want the recipient to edit the document. Additionally, you want to make absolutely sure that something like e-mail won’t chew up your document. There is one format that you may want to consider in that case: PDF.

Writer allows users to export in this format.

To export in the PDF format, simply click on the “Export as PDF” button. From there, save the document wherever you like. Click on the Save button. You are done!

Congratulations, you now have a pretty good idea of the basics in LibreOffice Writer!

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