If you have received a .docx file from your friends, most likely that you are not able to view it in Ubuntu’s Open Office. To fix this, you need to install the odf-converter.
First, go to
http://download.novell.com/SummaryFree.jsp?buildid=ESrjfdE4U58 http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=GuM6LMM9SR4 and download odf-converter-1.0.0-5.i586.rpm. It is about 3 MB.
The odf-converter file is in rpm format, which is used by RedHat Linux. To use this file, we need to convert it to tgz format. The application we are using to convert this file is alien
In your terminal,
sudo apt-get install alien
After downloading, start the conversion
sudo alien –to-tgz –script /dir/odf-converter-1.0.0-5.i586.rpm
where “dir” is the directory you saved the file.
Now, extract the file to a folder
tar xzf /dir/odf-converter-1.0.0.tgz
After extraction, copy the following files to the OpenOffice folder
sudo cp /dir/odf/usr/lib/ooo-2.0/program/OdfConverter /usr/lib/openoffice/program/
sudo cp /dir/odf/usr/lib/ooo-2.0/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Filter/MOOXFilter_cpp.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Filter
sudo cp /dir/odf/usr/lib/ooo-2.0/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types/MOOXTypeDetection.xcu /usr/lib/openoffice/share/registry/modules/org/openoffice/TypeDetection/Types
That’s it. Open your OpenOffice and enjoy the .docx document.