How to Use OneNote With Open Office


Microsoft designed OneNote with exporting options so that you can share your work with other users. If the person your sharing your files with doesn't have OneNote or other Microsoft Office software but instead uses OpenOffice productivity software, you need to export your OneNote files in a format that OpenOffice supports. Though OpenOffice doesn't have an equivalent note-taking program to OneNote, you can open exported OneNote files in the OpenOffice Writer software.

  • Open the notebook that you want to export, click "File" and then "Export."

  • Click "Page" or "Section" in the "Export Current" section, depending on what you want to use in OpenOffice. Though a "Notebook" option is also present, you can't export a full Notebook in a format that OpenOffice can open.

  • Click "Word Document (*.docx)" to convert the OneNote document to a Word document and then click "Export." The Save As window appears.

  • Enter a name in the "File Name" text box, select the location where you want to save the exported file and then click "Save."

  • Launch OpenOffice, click "Open" and then double-click the exported OneNote file.

Tips & Warnings

  • OpenOffice supports Word documents saved as DOCX files, but some design elements may not translate. If you notice errors when you open the DOCX file in OpenOffice, export the file again using "Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)." Import the file to OpenOffice to see if the errors are still present.
  • Information in this article applies to OneNote 2013 and OpenOffice 4.0. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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