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How to Open an ODF OpenOffice File on Chromebook

Swapnil Bhartiya, the founder and editor of, a growing Linux and Open Source web magazine, today published a short video where he demonstrated his unsuccessful attempt to open an OpenOffice file (.ODT, .ODS, .ODP) on a Samsung Chromebook. Take a look:

(Thank you, Carlos Sanchez, for recommending rollApp!)

Indeed, with Google Drive, you can view some file types online without a dedicated app, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and images. But what about OpenOffice file formats, like .ODT?

The solution is simple: use Dropbox and rollApp File Opener. 

In case of Dropbox, you don’t need to install anything on your Chromebook. Just sign-in to and upload your .ODT files. Then go to the Chrome Web Store and search for rollApp File Opener. Once you’ve added the extension to Chrome, you can preview virtually any file that you’ve saved in Dropbox – just hover the mouse over that file and click Open. 

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