Openoffice Letterhead

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Thu Sep 24 21:43:46 UTC 2009

On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Andrew Farris <flyindragon1 at> wrote:
>> 2)  Some folks in the office still insist on MS-Word, when I save as .doc,
>> I lose the background.  I may have to try again on one of their computers
>> with MS Word (yuck).
> This appears to be an flaw. I tried saving a doc w/ a
> background, then opened it up with OpenOffice and the background didn't
> appear. However, I opened the same document with a copy of msoffice doc
> viewer (the free thing) in wine, and the background appeared as
> expected.  I don't know why OOo wont show the background, even though it
> clearly was able to save it correctly... who knows.

Sometimes the differences between programs are so great there is no
good "translation" between them. The version of the .doc file OOo
produces may not support background images. I cannot be certain this
is the explanation, but I have noticed all sorts of obscure things
that get "lost" in the translation to .doc format.

HOWEVER, for those folks who insist on using .doc files, challenge
them to produce the appropriate file themselves, on whatever version
of Word they use.... That's really the only way to ensure they get the
expected results from Word.


They can print the letterhead paper using OpenOffice THEN run the
sheet back through the printer for the content of the letter using
another program. That way they can use the inkjet printer for color
letterhead and black laser printer for the text, for example, saving
lots of money on black ink (usually laser toner is cheaper).This trick
may not work well for multiple passes through a laser printer...

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