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    Hi,

    I am after some free office software that will save in MS Office format by defualt.

    another option could be if someone has a script or patch so you can change the deault save options in OpenOffice. It needs to be soemthing automated, can't trust the kids to do it manually

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    Can you change the OO settings in the user profile? I'm sure I did some config settings for OO in the mandatory profile so it didn't go through all the configuring settings on startup. It was a while ago now so I cant remember what I did exactly.

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    There is a setting in OpenOffice that will set it's default load/save file format. I install here with Office XP file format as the standard.

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    Yes, sorry you can defalt the saving of OO to MS Office by default, but I was under the impression you have already deployed it and wanted to make changes to the OO settings?

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    What i am doing is giving it for the kids to install on hoem computers so the profile wont be an option. I can't trust them to do it manually though, they are lazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    What i am doing is giving it for the kids to install on hoem computers so the profile wont be an option. I can't trust them to do it manually though, they are lazy
    DIY - advise them to bring there memory sticks in and copy the ones you did onto a memory stick and do a quick read me file to show them where to paste the files to ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    DIY - advise them to bring there memory sticks in and copy the ones you did onto a memory stick and do a quick read me file to show them where to paste the files to ?
    Even better would be to make a batch file to run the installer then make the changes

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    ThinDownload - OpenOffice.org

    Not the latest version, but maybe you could do something with this. They can run OpenOffice from their penstick - no need to install - on their home computers.

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    Cake and eat it comes to mind mate. - Save yourself the hassle and write a nice little simple tutorial for them to do this.

    I find that hand holding too much will only lead to poorer initiative later in life; well that's my excuse

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    Why does it need to save to MS format? If your doing it so that kids can work at home and then carry on in school, why dont you just install OO so they can carry on working in school? If they need to save it in another format they can then do it themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    Cake and eat it comes to mind mate. - Save yourself the hassle and write a nice little simple tutorial for them to do this.

    I find that hand holding too much will only lead to poorer initiative later in life; well that's my excuse
    We would end up having to convert them to MS Office

    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    Why does it need to save to MS format? If your doing it so that kids can work at home and then carry on in school, why dont you just install OO so they can carry on working in school? If they need to save it in another format they can then do it themselves.
    The NM doesn't want OpenOffice on the clients

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    You don't /know/ you won't succeed unless you try.

    My view is that you'll end up with more of a support role in repackaging OO yourself with the change you wish to implement as you're supplying the media/etc than a little leaflet showing them how to do it for themselves. - If the NM doesn't want OO on the network, will he be prepared to support it if someone can't do x or y when they got the CD from you?

    I obviously don't know your particular circumstances but I wouldn't be doing it your way at my site for the above reasoning.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    You don't /know/ you won't succeed unless you try.

    My view is that you'll end up with more of a support role in repackaging OO yourself with the change you wish to implement as you're supplying the media/etc than a little leaflet showing them how to do it for themselves. - If the NM doesn't want OO on the network, will he be prepared to support it if someone can't do x or y when they got the CD from you?

    I obviously don't know your particular circumstances but I wouldn't be doing it your way at my site for the above reasoning.

    Good luck.
    It will be a download from the schools VLE and will not be supported by us. We have tried the tutorial with works, sent it to every child by e-mail and letter home still they don't do it.

    I am going to modify it to save problems down the line.

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    Ah you didn't say that else I wouldn't have pushed.

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