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How to make Office Online use OpenDocument format

Did you know that Microsoft Office online can use either Microsoft Office format (docx, pptx, xlsx) or OpenDocument format (odt, odp, ods)? I didn’t until a commenter pointed it out.

You can change the default file formats for Office documents from your OneDrive Settings. There is an option called Office file formats.

Yovko Lambrev

If you visit the OneDrive settings on their website there is an option to change between the two formats.

OneDrive online settings to change office document format to OpenDocument

Then if you create a new “Word document” by right-clicking in OneDrive

OneDrive online right click dialog showing new word document

It’s actually a OpenDocument ODT file!

OneDrive online with two files open (one of them an ODT)

Then you can click on it to open it in Word online.

Microsoft Word online opening an ODT file

Pretty neat!

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