ODT File Extension

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What is ODT file?

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.

Support for ODT files

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 an ODT file

Structure of each ZIP package for files of the ODF series (in this case – ODT), comprises of at least 5 files:

  1. a single line MIME file, which contains a string of text
  2. content.xml file content of the document and some basic information about styles
  3. styles.xml file extended information about styles (text orientation, spaces, page layout)
  4. meta.xml file metadata for each document (e. g.: author, last modification or title)
  5. settings.xml file – program settings, for example – window size.

Conversion of a ODT file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the ODT extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of ODT file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from ODT extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to ODT file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the ODT file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the ODT file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the ODT file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the ODT file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the ODT file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the ODT file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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