How to convert .ods and .odt files to MS Word .doc or MS Excel .xls, .csv


This quick guide will allow anyone working in administration how to convert files in .ods and .odt format to .doc and .xls Microsoft friendly formats.

This guide will help you convert them  for free, but without having to download Open Office. This is great as there are many IT departments that stop users from downloading and installing programs.

The file conversion site and the drawbacks of using this option

The downside is that you will give away your data to a 3rd party site using this process.

So whatever file you choose, please make sure it is not business confidential nor has information that could compromise your business.

First of all go to this site.

Just follow the steps of selecting the file from your computer.

For Step 1, I saved mine on the desktop so I could immediately locate it.

For Step 2, I chose the format to convert the file to. Select .doc or .docx Word and .xls and .xlsx for Excel so it may convert the file.

For step 3, type in your email address and then press convert for step 4. That’s it!

convert .ods .odt to .xls and .doc

Converting files from .ods and .odt  to .xls, .xlsx and .csv

You will receive an email as soon as the file has been converted from one format to another. I waited about 2-3 minutes for mine to arrive. If the file is small, it will be almost instantaneous. Don’t forget that your outlook might be set to receive emails every X minutes. If so, force the application to send and receive emails

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You will then receive an email from zamzar. Huzzah!

Don’t forget to check your SPAM folder if you don’t receive a confirmation within the hour.

You will receive a sales type of email, but it’s a small price to pay for free file conversion.

In addition unless you sign up for an account you will have to DOWNLOAD the file. As the document is not an .exe or application file you ought not have a problem downloading and saving the file.

Inside the email it will remind you what format the file was in, and which format you requested the file to be changed to.

The email will look like the below:


Hello from Zamzar !

The file that you submitted for conversion is now available for download from Zamzar – all files will be stored for 1 day from receipt of this mail.

  Grab a Zamzar account !
  • It takes less than a minute and you’ll get:
  • Faster conversions (usually delivered in less than 5 minutes)
  • Larger conversions – up to 1GB in size
  • Personal inbox to manage and store up to 100GB of your files
  • No intrusive adverts
  • And much more …
  • Sign up at:

Alternatively click on the following link to download a copy of your converted file:

The following file was successfully converted from ods to csv format:

name of your file.ods

Want to have access to your files for longer than 1 day ? Upload your file(s) to FilePigeon and store your file(s) for 7 days.

Please do not reply to this automatically-generated email. If you have any questions, please email us at

Thanks again for using Zamzar. – Free online file conversion


Here is a list of the files the site converts for Open Office and to which format for MS Word or MS Excel [and other types].

ods – OpenDocument spreadsheet csv – Comma Separated Values
doc – Microsoft Word Document
html – Hypertext Markup Language
mdb – Microsoft Access Database
pdf – Portable Document Format
rtf – Rich Text Format
xml – Extensible Markup Language
xls – Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
xlsx – Microsoft Excel 2007 Spreadsheet
odt – OpenDocument Text Document doc – Microsoft Word Document
html – Hypertext Markup Language
mp3 – Compressed audio file
pdf – Portable Document Format
png – Portable Network Graphic
ps – Postscript document
txt – Text document




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