To change the default document type you need to the Open Document format (“.odt”) rather than the default Abiword Format (“.abw”), so I. Binary package hint: abiword AbiWord’s format is only used by each time, because there’s no way to change the default “Save As. The following article explains how to convert an AbiWord native file format (abw) to a PDF document. The conversion is made with the novaPDF.

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Whether it’s an open format or not, this makes it nonportable, and not good for interoperability or archival purposes. I personally forma my documents as.

Unfortunately, I have to go out of my way to select these formats from a long drop-down menu each time, because there’s no way to change the default “Save As I would very much changeg it if this were not the case! Thank you for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments at: You can still do that by editing the config files as explained here: And so, I thank you very much for abiwird line to the wiki for the ability to change the default save to something other than what probably is a very nice open source Abi Word “ONLY” format.


If you wouldn’t mind explaining why you “strongly discourage” people to make this change I would appreciate it. And so, rather than putting a note in to remind people of this, they decided to not even give the option of changing the file format.

[lubuntu] Change Abiword default save .doc not working

I would like to second your distress on the matter, and to suggest that this matter is important enough to usability that we either pressure the upstream further or create a fork of AbiWord for inclusion in the Ubuntu packages. The way that things are right now seems silly and condescending, and is not acceptable. Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better. Since what you submitted is not really a bug, or a problem, but rather an idea to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at http: Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

If and when our RTF or ODF filters are good enough to round-trip documents with no dataloss, we’ll happily reconsider our decision.

In order to better serve its users, if Ubuntu would like to change the chwnger file format to RTF, ODF, or any other format that AbiWord supports, it would only need to change 1 line of code.

If users would like to change the default file format, they may do so via editing a simple configuration file. Instructions for doing this are linked from Hubert’s comment.


As a maintainer, I’d rather hear that “it’s 1 extra step to save this as RTF” than “I hit save, and now my [annotations, lists, tables, whatever] are missing or corrupt. You’ve just cost me several days of abiworr. The latter violates the principle of least surprise.

Create PDF files from AbiWord

No way to change default “Save As This bug affects 1 person. Comment on this change optional. Email me about changes to this bug report. I am using AbiWord 2. Add cganger Tag help. Charlie Kravetz charlie-tca wrote on Hubert Figuiere hub wrote on N nord wrote on Feathertail feathertail-deactivatedaccount wrote on Changed in abiword Ubuntu: Dominic Lachowicz domlachowicz wrote on See full activity log.

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None, the status of the bug is updated manually. AbiSource bug tracker The information about this bug in Launchpad is automatically pulled daily from the remote bug. forrmat