Opening .doc Files on Solaris: Preserving Formatting & Special Characters

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In summary, it is possible to open .doc files on Solaris while preserving formatting and special characters. The best way to do so is by using a compatible word processing program like LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. It is not recommended to use a text editor as it may not retain formatting and special characters. There are also file conversion tools available to convert .doc files to a more compatible format for Solaris. However, there may be limitations when opening .doc files on Solaris, such as lack of support for advanced formatting and slight variations in appearance compared to opening on a Windows system. It is important to test and review the document after opening it on Solaris to ensure all formatting and special characters have been preserved.
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Is it possible to open .doc files preserving the format on Solaris? ...besides saving it as .txt, 'coz that does not preserve formatting and special characters. I know on Linux there's star office, but is there anything available for Unix?
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Both Staroffice and Openoffice work on Freebsd and Solaris
 
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Yes, it is possible to open .doc files while preserving the formatting and special characters on Solaris. One option is to use the LibreOffice suite, which is available for Unix and can open Microsoft Office documents while preserving their formatting. Another option is to use the Apache OpenOffice suite, which also has the ability to open .doc files on Solaris while preserving the format and special characters. Both of these options are free and provide a similar experience to Microsoft Office. Additionally, there may be other proprietary software options available for purchase that can also open .doc files on Solaris while preserving formatting and special characters. It is recommended to research and compare different software options to find the best fit for your needs.
 

1. Can I open .doc files on Solaris without losing formatting and special characters?

Yes, it is possible to open .doc files on Solaris while preserving formatting and special characters. There are a few different methods you can use to achieve this, depending on your specific setup and needs.

2. What is the best way to open .doc files on Solaris while preserving formatting?

The best way to open .doc files on Solaris while preserving formatting is to use a compatible word processing program, such as LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. These programs have built-in compatibility with Microsoft Word documents, including .doc files, and will retain formatting and special characters when opened on Solaris.

3. Can I use a text editor to open .doc files on Solaris?

You can use a text editor to open .doc files on Solaris, but it may not preserve formatting and special characters. Text editors typically only support plain text, so any formatting or special characters in the .doc file may not be displayed correctly. It is recommended to use a word processing program for best results.

4. Is there a way to convert .doc files to a more compatible format for Solaris?

Yes, there are several file conversion tools available that can convert .doc files to a more compatible format for Solaris, such as .odt or .rtf. These formats are more likely to retain formatting and special characters when opened on Solaris.

5. Are there any limitations when opening .doc files on Solaris?

There may be some limitations when opening .doc files on Solaris, depending on the software and version you are using. Some advanced formatting or special characters may not be fully supported, and there may be slight variations in the appearance of the document compared to opening it on a Windows system. It is always recommended to test and review the document after opening it on Solaris to ensure all formatting and special characters have been preserved.

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