Files with the ODT extension (Open Document Text), are editable text documents of the ODF format series (Open Document Format), created by some types of text editors compatible with OpenOffice. It is a basic text file format for text processors of this series. ODT files are stored as ZIP packages, based on XML format, containing data on text, styles, images, macros, and many others.
ODT files are supported by editors such as Apache Office Writer, LibreOffice Writer, or component programs of suites such as: NeoOffice, AbiWord, Kword.
Theoretically, ODT format is supported also by Microsoft Word, however, in this case, some red error may occur. Microsoft Word program enables to save created documents in the ODT format. It is also possible to import ODT file into Google Documents.
Structure of each ZIP package for files of the ODF series (in this case – ODT), comprises of at least 5 files:
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with ODT files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. ODT files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ODT files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with ODT extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with ODT files.
Problems with opening and working with ODT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with ODT files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Apache OpenOffice or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Word, WordPerfect Office, LibreOffice. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Apache OpenOffice installed is by going to developer’s website (Apache Software Foundation) and downloading the software using provided links.
If you already have Apache OpenOffice installed on your systems and ODT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Apache OpenOffice installed, it may not support ODT format. The latest version of Apache OpenOffice should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate ODT files with latest version of Apache OpenOffice you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ODT file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
Should it happed that the ODT is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the ODT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
Did you receive the ODT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with ODT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the OpenDocument Text Document file.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with ODT extension. In this case close the other applications.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with OpenDocument Text Document files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the ODT files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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