Stands for Open Document Text file. It is the default file name for documents created with the free Open Office. This file format is part of the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) 1.0 specification. This OASIS format is expected to become an industry standard for sharing documents. It is being adopted by the OpenOffice/StarOffice version 2 software suite but may appear in other products as well.

The main issue with this document file format is that it can't be opened with Microsoft Word, which is the most popular word processing application for Office and home users. There is an ODT Reader for Microsoft Office, but this would mean having it installed on every recipient's computer, which is at best, unfeasible. Better to save the original file in a format which can also be read by other word processors, which means either .doc or rtf format. The DOC format is compatible with Microsoft Office's Word and RTF (Rich Text Format) is compatible with most word processors.

Create the document with OpenOffice's word processor, Writer. Then go to the FILE menu and select SAVE AS. Give the document a filename and then click below the File name: field to the Save As type: field and either select Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) as the file type (screenshot).

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