You just got a file ODT via email and don't know how to open it? Don't worry, it's nothing "strange". It is a rather common format for text documents (not as common as Word's widespread DOC and DOCX, but still widely used), which is easily “digested” by various productivity applications.
If you want to know more, please read on. In fact, below you will find a list of software that allows you to view and create files in ODT format in a flash. Choose the one that seems best suited to your needs and find out how it works, thanks to the information I am about to give you.
Whether you have a Windows PC, a Mac, a computer equipped with Linux or even a portable device on which you intend to process documents of this type, I assure you that you will quickly find a solution that is right for you. For the sake of completeness of information, then, it will be my pleasure to show you also how to convert the documents in question into other formats and how to open them, should they be corrupt. Eventually, you will see, you will have perfectly clear ideas about it. Now, however, just chat and let's take action. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
ODT File: What It Is
To begin with, let's try to understand what's this, precisely, a file ODT. As anticipated at the beginning, it is a format for i textual documents part of the project Opendocument, which was born with the aim of providing a free and free standard for creating text files, spreadsheets, presentations and other documents.
Its particularity is that it is a universal writing format, which allows a practically unlimited and free use of its specifications all over the world. In other words, regardless of the operating system and device used, when a file in ODT format is opened or created, it is possible to do so without any restrictions, always free and free.
Note that, while supported by many programs, the ODT format is used natively by LibreOffice, the productivity suite about which you can find more details in the passage below, and from OpenOffice, another office program on the basis of which LibreOffice itself was created: I told you about it in my other guide.
ODT Files: How to Open Them
Now that you finally have a clearer idea of what ODT files are, let's find out how to open them or, better said, what programs, online services and apps you can use to do this.
If you are interested in opening ODT files on computer, I suggest you rely on LibreOffice. It is a free and open source productivity suite. It replicates almost all the functions offered by Microsoft Office, guarantees a good speed in the release of updates and also offers the possibility to modify PDF files without installing additional plugins. It is completely in Italian (including spelling checker), supports both incoming and outgoing ODTs and is available for all major computer operating systems: Windows, macOS and Linux.
To download LibreOffice on your PC, connect to the official website of the software and click on the button Download version xx. Once downloaded, if you are using Windows, april il file .msi obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, press the button Run. Then click on the button forward, select the option Typical and press on the buttons forward, Install, Yes e end, but will finish the setup.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg got it, move theLibreOffice icon in the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri twice in a row, in order to start the program going to circumvent Apple's limitations towards applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start). At this point, close the software completely, using the key combination cmd + q.
Also on Mac, once you have performed the above steps, go back to the LibreOffice website and click on the button Translated user interface, in order to download the Italian translation of the suite (on Windows it is integrated "as standard", so it is not necessary).
When the download is complete, open the new one package .dmg got it, right click onLibreOffice Language Pack executable inside it, select the item apri from the menu that is shown to you and press the buttons apri e Install. Next, select the item /Applications/LibreOffice.app from the window that appears and click on the button Install.
If you are told that you do not have high enough privileges to proceed, click on the button Yes, identify me, type the password of your user account on macOS in the window that opens and click on the button OK (twice in a row), to complete the installation of the language pack for LibreOffice.
Mission accomplished! ODT format files should now be automatically associated with LibreOffice. Therefore, trying to open one by double clicking it should show directly in Writer, the word processing application included in the suite.
Alternatively, to open files in ODT format, start LibreOffice, selecting the relevant collegamento that you find in Start menu (on Windows) or by clicking on its icon which was added to the Launchpad (on macOS) and once the main program window appears, click the button Open file that you find in the left sidebar, then select the document you intend to view and that's it.
If you don't want or can't install new programs on your computer, I suggest you rely on Word Online. It is, as easily understood by the name itself, the online version of the famous Microsoft program, accessible via the Web.
It has all the main features of the "classic" Word, works from any browser and operating system without having to download absolutely anything on your computer and is totally free. The only thing to consider is that in order to take advantage of it you need to log in with your Microsoft account.
That said, to open an ODT file with Word Online, the first step you need to take is to start the browser that you generally use to surf the net from your computer (eg. Chrome), go to the home page of the service and log in to your Microsoft account (if necessary).
Then, open the ODT file in relation to which you are interested in intervening, by dragging it into the browser window and pressing the button Open OneDrive. In the new page that opens, click on the menu Charge located at the top, choose the item Fillet from the latter, select the document and, once upload is complete, click on the relevant one preview.
After completing the above steps, a new Word Online browser tab will open where you can view the contents of your ODT file.
App Word (Android/iOS/iPadOS)
If you don't have a computer at your disposal and you are looking for a solution that allows you to open ODT files from smartphones and tablets, I suggest you consider using the app Microsoft Word for Android and iOS / iPadOS devices.
It is essentially the mobile counterpart of the famous Word for computer or, more specifically, of the online version of the service. It is completely free for all devices of size equal to or less than 10.1 ″ (otherwise you need to subscribe to the Microsoft 365 service, with prices starting from 7 euros / month) and to work it requires the login to the Microsoft account.
That said, to download the application to your device if you are using Android, visit the relative section of the Play Store and press the button Install. Stai using iOS / iPadOSinstead, access the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Get, quindi quello Install and authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Then start the app by pressing the button apri comparso sullo schermo oppure selecting the relative icon which has just been added on the home screen or in the drawer.
Now that you see the main screen of the app, log in to yours Microsoft account (if necessary) and follow the short introductory tutorial that is proposed to you. Next, tap on the icon with the folder located at the bottom right, indicates the position from which you intend to take the ODT file you want to open, select the document of your interest and you can finally view it on the next screen.
ODT Files: How to Convert Them
You have to share ODT files with other users who you think do not have useful software at their disposal to view the documents in question and, to overcome the problem, you are therefore asking how to convert them in a different format? In this case, you can rely on the tools you find listed below.
LibreOffice, the free and open source productivity suite for Windows, MacOS e Linux I was talking about in the step at the beginning of the guide, it is also useful for converting the ODT files that are created with it or that in any case are given to it "at meal" into a different format. How? I'll explain it to you right away.
To begin with, open with LibreOffice the file in ODT format in relation to which you are interested in going to act. Once the Writer on the screen, then click on the menu Fillet located at the top left and select the option Save with name from the latter, if you want to save the ODT file always in the form of a text document but in a different format (eg Word), or the one Export, to save the document in a different file type (eg. PDF)
Finally, in the further screen that opens, select the output format which you prefer, the name you want to assign to the final file and the position on your computer where you want to store it, finally click the button Save.
To convert ODT files, you can also consider relying on the use of DocsPal, which is great online service fit for purpose.
It is, in fact, a tool that can be used by any browser and operating system, without having to download absolutely anything on the computer, which allows you to convert all the main formats of digital documents, multimedia files and more. Using it is child's play and completely free.
The only thing you need to take into account is that it has an upload limit of 50MB at a time and only allows you to convert 5 at a time. The files are kept on servers for up to 5 days, after which they are deleted, so the user's privacy should be guaranteed.
To use the service, visit its home page and drag the ODT file you want to convert onto it. Alternatively, click on the button Browse the file che trovi in corrispondenza della sezione 1 step and select the document "manually". If your file is online, you can also download it directly from the web by typing its URL in the field Enter the URL of the file.
Then, select the output format of your interest from the second drop-down menu that you find corresponding to the section 2 step. Finally, click the button Convert files which is located at the bottom and in a few moments you will be returned the output document, which you can download by clicking on its name at the bottom of the page, under the heading Converted files.
If you want, you can also arrange to receive a download link for the file directly by email. To do this, before starting the conversion procedure as I have just indicated, all you have to do is check the box next to the wording Send a download link to my email address (optional) in the section 3 step and type your email address in the field below.
App to Convert ODT Files
You don't have a computer at your disposal and would like to understand which smartphone and tablet apps you can use to convert ODT files on the go? I'll settle you immediately. In fact, in the list below you will find the ones that, in my humble opinion, represent the best applications for Android e iOS / iPadOS fit for purpose. Put them to the test now!
- File Converter (Android / iOS / iPadOS) - app for Android, iPhone and iPad devices thanks to which you can convert any kind of file (including ODT documents) into various formats by acting completely free and incredibly simple. Note that conversion takes place in the cloud, offline conversion is only supported for audio and video files.
- All File Converter (Android) - this is a specific solution for Android devices that allows you to convert files to and from a huge range of formats. Of course, it also supports ODT files. It's free and incredibly simple to use.
- The Document Converter (iOS / iPadOS) - application for iPhone and iPad that allows you to convert almost all types of documents, images and eBooks into various formats, via the cloud. Note that ODT is supported for both input and output. It is free, but offers in-app purchases (with prices starting from 3,99 euros) to unlock all the functions.
Corrupted ODT File: How to Fix
You are trying to open an ODT file but you cannot because you are shown a message on the screen stating that the document is corrupt? Generally, this happens because some "hitch" occurred when saving the file, or because the extension was changed by mistake.
To try to cope with this, the best suggestion I can give you is to resort to the use of special ones file recovery software, as in the case of the ones I told you about in my guide on how to recover corrupt files. Also for the purpose in question, it might be useful to read my tutorial on data recovery as well.