- Which file type to save as?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by forcefieldkid, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hey guys,
    Just put together a CV using Open Office, it's currently saved as a .odt. I'll be sending this out to a few companies and I'd like to know what the best file type is to select that will be readable by everyone? When I go to 'save as' I see a long list of options and I'm not sure which one to pick so that PC users can view.

    Or can they load the .odt file just fine?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You're likely going to have to submit it as a .doc or a PDF.
  3. forcefieldkid thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    In the preferences you can change the default save as type for presentations, spreadsheets and documents for their MS equivalents. I don't know why they don't just have it set that way by default. As I would assume that the majority of users would want their documents viewable by MS Office users.
  5. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    My guess would be that OpenOffice's MS Office file conversion process isn't guaranteed to produce exactly the same output as .ODT; last I knew, the conversion engines weren't 100% effective yet, and some special formatting doesn't get translated properly. It's been a while since I've seen it used, though, and maybe the latest version is close enough for most users.
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Check with your prospective employers - they will often specify the format. Also, if they want a .DOC format - use one that is a version or two older than current. If the employer is not using a current version of Office they may not be able to open a document saved as the latest version. Good Luck.
  7. forcefieldkid thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Thanks guys, actually got an interview! So the .doc did the trick (it can't be what was actually written after all!). :rolleyes:

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