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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Quote Originally Posted by TheFu View Post
    130GB!!!

    The OS should easily fit in 25G.
    I know but I wanted to be sure
    I almost understood the soft-hard links thing, and learning how to stop worrying and to love the terminal commands

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Quote Originally Posted by hrafnagudh View Post
    I know but I wanted to be sure
    I almost understood the soft-hard links thing, and learning how to stop worrying and to love the terminal commands
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link I haven't used a hard-link in about a year. I use symlinks weekly - aka soft-links or symbolic links. But often, there are other methods to make accessing directories and files quick like the cdpath or shell aliases.

    As for CLI commands (actually, don't need a terminal to run them), we use them here since
    • Lots of different GUIs are available, each slightly different
    • No need to post 20 huge images to explain something 1 copy/paste CLI command will do
    • CLI commands work on "Servers", which don't have any GUI.
    • CLI commands work over network connections like ssh, which usually doesn't have any GUI.
    • CLI commands seldom change, whereas the GUIs seem to completely change every 3 yrs for no good reason. I'm using the same CLI commands today for end-user stuff that I used in 1993. Master the CLI and you'll find a GUI bloated and slow for about 98% of what you need.
    • CLI stuff is always available. A GUI may not be.
    • Usually, a GUI provides only 20% of the capabilities compared to the CLI interface.
    • It is much harder to automate any GUI than every CLI command. I can schedule a program to do work for me, daily, and have that work waiting for my review 1000x easier than using a GUI.


    Once you learn some tricks of your chosen shell, probably bash, you'll discover that you don't really type much at all. Bash has command completion, so I only need type 2-3 characters + {tab} to have what I want filled in, correctly. Only valid directories, valid filenames, and valid options are possible ... no more typos. Basically, almost every command has a built-in little helper to ensure I cannot ask for the wrong answers. Of course, on very minimal systems, tab-completion isn't enabled, so I make the same mistakes that a beginner would there ... until I load the tab-completion package (if I can).

    These will get you started:

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Thank you

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    In libre office open any of the programs like writer and you can set the preferred way to save any file. So go to tools-options-load- save-general-then in the drop down box choose text document and below that always save as. Then the same for spreadsheets or any libre office type. All can be done from writer no need to open each type of office document. I still make mine save as .doc because anyone can open that from anywhere. ODF is also pretty universal but most people don't know what that is and they freak out if they see that type of document.

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    My only problem with ODF was exactly that people complains sometimes about it not being the classical docx. And I was a little prejudiced too, since some years ago I tried Libreoffice and had big compatibility problems, expecially in the format.
    But now I had no problem, I also solved my Mendeley issues with the docx I am keeping working on

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    In libre office open any of the programs like writer and you can set the preferred way to save any file. So go to tools-options-load- save-general-then in the drop down box choose text document and below that always save as. Then the same for spreadsheets or any libre office type. All can be done from writer no need to open each type of office document. I still make mine save as .doc because anyone can open that from anywhere. ODF is also pretty universal but most people don't know what that is and they freak out if they see that type of document.
    This used to be the recommended method for creating MSOffice editable files in Libre Office. LibreOffice would read .docx files correctly, it wouldn't always create .docx files correctly. DocX is not a static file format, there are versions being created - I think a new version was released recently. .doc seems to be a static file format, it is not longer being "improved" by Microsoft so is not a moving target to emulate. If a document doesn't need to be editable, .pdf is my preferred file format. I've never had any complaints about it.

    Another thing you could try to improve MSOffice compatibility would be to install MS Core fonts. That package includes fonts like Arial and Times New Roman. Older but MSOffice users should have them on their machines so one less incompatibility.
    Last edited by kurt18947; August 7th, 2020 at 07:36 PM.

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Also in libre office you can go to tools-options-load save-general and set it to automatically save it to any odf or any microsoft format. You can set all the apps from any of the libre office parts

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    Re: New to Lubuntu, question about docx and increasing size of things

    Microsoft Word has supported ODF for some time, BTW. Best to avoid proprietary data file formats. Stick with open standards, so any program of a similar type can use the data.

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