Open Document Format (ODF) is an open standard file format OpenOffice.org and others use. File extensions include .odt (text), .ods (spreadsheet), and .odp (presentation). It is a well recognised global file extension. You can also unzip the file and see its contents. By default, Microsoft Office does not open these file formats. In order to help the market penetration of Open Office documents you can use an MSOffice plugin which enables you to open ODF. Of course the best solution is to use OpenOffice.org which can be easily installed in both Windows and Linux systems.
Download and install the Sun ODF Plugin should just work. You can download the Sun ODF Plugin from here.
- First you need to Install Service Pack 1 for Office 2007
- Install Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office
- Open ODT document via File – Open
- If you don’t have administrator privileges to install software, you can try an online converter such as Zamzar or Media Convert. You can also upload ODT documents to Google Docs or Zoho Writer.
- If you want to open ODT documents locally but want to stay away from MS Office, try the lightweight, cross-platform Abiword or the full-blown suite of OpenOffice.org.