Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: HELP!!!! I can't open this file!!!!!

HELP!!!! I can't open this file!!!!!

Ever get files emailed to you from your friends, coworkers, or RE office in Microsoft Office format, but can't open them? Maybe you had office on an old computer, but when you replaced it, didn't know you'd have to shell out for the latest version.


Well this might be a solution for you. The forever free open source Open Office from Sun Micro, makers of Java.


I have the MS Office software, but my better half has given this a shot, and seems to work well. Everything from powerpoint to xls spread sheets have worked fine. There's also a wizard to covert files from different formats, and you can also export to the universal Adobe Acrobat pdf format. One of his issues has been that people forget that not everyone has the MS software, and that they don't export the files to types that everyone can read, or have access to a free reader. What good is your info if your audience can't see it?


So might be something to check out......especially before buying additional licenses for the kid's laptops & desktops for $120. Can't be this price...FREE!  

Comment balloon 12 commentsRoberta LaRocca • October 27 2007 08:50PM


i've been using a lot of open source software lately.  luv it
Posted by Randy "Lazarus" McAtee, Owner/Broker, Lazarus Realty, Fresno California (Lazarus Realty) over 12 years ago
I have two microsoft programs that have crashed.  It is not fun when you can't open your own files.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) over 12 years ago

Yup, true. With Office 2007 we have the ability to save it in older file to current formats so that's pretty cool. Just have to remember to save that way so everyone can read!

Most of my docs I convert to pdf files anyway to email.....and no matter what ....anyone can download free Adobe Acrobat.

Thanks for your input too.


Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 12 years ago


I agree that the open source is a good way to go. That being said I do so much in Word and email it and everyone out their has MS Word. Could I open up a document in word created by Open Office in tact and looking normal?

Mike Lewis

Posted by Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA (The Lewis Team at Keller Williams) over 12 years ago

Randy:  It's some good software.

Vicky: Nope, it's not fun.  I've been in that position!

Sally: So many times I got files that I can't open.  Drives me nuts!

Mike: Everything we have tried has opened in tact and could also be edited.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Roberta, thanks for the tip, I need all the help I can get.  Have a wonderful day.
Posted by Cindy Saling, Smooth Saling with Cindy Saling (Award Realty) over 12 years ago
Roberta - my husband did the same thing he got the Open Office. Eventually I had to switch to the Microsoft, because of forgetting to save it in the .doc format, but also because I was having problems with formatting, even when it was converted. So, someone would get my attachment, but it will be all screwed up. Thanks for the info and for stopping by at my blog. Hope to see you soon.
Posted by Faina Sechzer, Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ (Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty) over 12 years ago
The only problem with Open Office that I have seen is sending the files back. You need to remember to export them or the recipient may not be able to open your file either.
Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 12 years ago
Roberta, thanks for the resource.  You never know . . .
Posted by Sharon Filbig, San Diego County Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) over 12 years ago

Cindy: Glad I could help! 

Faina: Your welcome!

Todd:  Thanks for the information.

Sharon: It's always good to have extra resources.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 12 years ago

That bothers me when I download an attachment and it will not open on my computer.

I will probably give that program a shot.

Posted by Ulises Romo (Realty One Group) over 12 years ago
Ulises: I know what you mean!  Hope it helps you.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 12 years ago