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How To Open ODF Files

ODF files are Open Document Format files. ODF is a universal standard format that is readable by several different programs, such as word processors or presentation makers. You will typically see the following file extensions for the following files:

  • *.odt for word processor documents
  • *.ods for spreadsheet documents
  • *.odp for presentation documents

Opening ODF files are simple, and the best program to use is from the OpenOffice Suite, a free open source alternative to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice Suite is equipped with programs to open ODF files and produce word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases.


  • 1

    Download and install OpenOffice Suite.

  • 2

    Depending on the type of file you need to open, determine the program you will need to use. For example, if you have a word processing document, you will need to open OpenOffice Writer.

  • 3

    Click File > Open.

  • 4

    Select the ODF file you wish to open.

  • 5

    Read and/ or edit the ODF file. If you make changes to the file, make sure to save your changes by clicking File > Save.


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