How to Convert ODT to PDF

One of the best practices you can follow in the workplace is to have an alternative to the programs you use every day. For Microsoft Office, the most popular and free alternative is the suite. It comes with programs that are used to create presentations, spreadsheets, and text documents with Draw, Calc, and Writer respectively.

While similar to Office files in purpose and function, these OpenOffice formats have different file extensions that can generate compatibility issues. OpenOffice Writer, for instance, creates documents with an .odt extension that not everyone may be able to open. The solution: convert ODT to PDF.

To Convert your Files from ODT to PDF in OpenOffice Writer:

  • 1Open the .ODT file you wish to convert.
  • 2Choose Export As PDF from the File menu.
OpenOffice Export PDF
  • 3Next, choose from the options available to format and convert your content. You can choose to set,
  • A) General options for compression, page range, and PDF elements.
OpenOffice PDF General Options
  • B) Initial View options for saving default pane, magnification and page layout settings.
OpenOffice PDF Initial View
  • C) User Interface options for easy navigation settings.
OpenOffice User Interface Options
  • D) Links options to specify your file’s behaviour when dealing with links.
OpenOffice User Interface Options
  • E) Security options for securing user interaction with the file itself.
OpenOffice PDF Security Options
  • 4After setting your PDF options, click on Export.
  • 5In the dialog that appears, enter a file name and a location for your PDF. Make sure your file format field reads PDF-Portable Document Format (.pdf). Then click on Save.

Using OpenOffice as a PDF converter has many advantages—it is free, quick and simple. Yet, keep in mind that this method is exactly that: a quick, simple solution. PDF documents are more robust these days with support for retaining form filling capabilities and multimedia, which simple PDF creation solutions will not be able to handle. Thus, for creating PDFs from more complex content, a dedicated PDF creation tool is the more practical way to go.