Drawing Object Features Supported on OpenDocument Export


All images are exported as the same format that they were originally loaded as.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
PNG Yes    
JPG Yes    
WMF Yes    
EMF Yes    
EMF+ Yes    
BMP Yes    
GIF Yes    
TIFF Yes    
Borders Yes Borders might appear differently when saved to ODT.  
Cropping Yes Rectangular cropping is supported only.  
Alternative text Planned    

Image Recoloring

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Brightness Yes    
Contrast Yes    
Recolor Planned Image is currently exported without any recoloring applied.  


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Text Direction Planned    
Linked Textboxes Planned    
Internal Margins Planned    
Vertical Alignment N/A    
Resize To Fit Text Planned    
Text in Other Shapes Yes    

OLE Objects

OLE Objects represent embedded content in a Microsoft Word document, such as an embedded Excel or Powerpoint document. The OLE object is dynamic and can be edited or updated through Microsoft Word.

OLE objects are fully preserved when converting within different Word document formats.

OLE objects are saved as images.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Linked N/A    
Embedded N/A    
Draw Aspect N/A    
Auto Update N/A    
Lock N/A    
Ole Object Data N/A    
Ole Object Picture Yes    
Source Range N/A    

ActiveX Controls

Output as an image.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Persistent Properties Storage N/A    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Lines Yes    
Basic Shapes Yes    
Block Arrows Yes    
Flowcharts Yes    
Callouts Yes    
Stars and Banners Yes    
Group Shape Yes All grouped shapes are exported as one image.  
Drawing Canvas Yes    
Signature Line N/A ODT does not have any signature line feature. A signature line is exported as a regular image.  
Ink Annotation Yes Ink Annotations are exported to all formats as regular images.  
Clip Art Yes    
Diagrams (VML) Yes VML graphic format is normally used in pre-OOXML formats such as DOC or RTF.  
SmartArt (VML) Yes    
Charts (VML) Yes    
Shape Customizations Yes Exported as image.  
Hyperlink on Shape N/A    
Watermark N/A Watermark image is exported as-is into the document body as OpenOffice has no support for background watermarks. It is suggested to make sure that the wrapping on the watermark is set to “Behind Text” to avoid the image appearing in front of the text.

Also, note that the image will not have the same transparency level as what is applied in Microsoft Word.


Exported to ODT as a custom shape element.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Styles Yes    
Outline Yes    
Fill Yes    
3D Properties Yes    
Text Spacing Planned    
Vertical Text N/A    
Even Height Planned    
Align and Justify Text Planned    
WordArt Shape Yes    

Horizontal Line Object

Exported as an image.

Some formatting might appear differently when saved to ODT.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Width Yes    
Height Yes    
Color Yes    
Alignment Planned    
Hyperlink N/A    
Image N/A Exported as a regular image.  


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Inline Yes The shape is exported “As Character”. Surrounding text for inline objects appears lined up along the top edge (instead of bottom edge) of the shape.

This is a feature of OpenOffice, if the output ODT document is opened in Microsoft Word then the text alignment appears correctly.
Floating Yes Some position and alignment options might appear different when saved to ODT.  
Wrap Type Yes

Text wrapping around images and shapes is supported in all formats.

Nearly all wrap types have equivalent analogues in ODT which look somewhat similar.

- Square, Tight and In Front of Text wrapping are exported as “Parallel”. ODT contains no direct analogue of Infront of Text which is why this feature is exported as Parallel.

- Behind Text and Through wrapping is exported as “In Background”.

- Top and Bottom wrapping are exported as No Wrap.

Wrap Sides Yes

ODT contains direct analogues of these features.

- Both sides are exported as “Parallel” wrap where applicable.

- Left Only exported as “Before”.

- Right Only exported as “After”.

- Largest Only exported as “Optimal”.

Distance from Text Yes    
Z-Order Yes    
Polygon Wrap Points N/A    
Rotation N/A    
Flip Yes    
Horizontal Alignment Yes    
Horizontal Position Relative To Yes    
Vertical Alignment Yes    
Vertical Position Relative To Yes    
Anchor Lock N/A    
Allow Overlap N/A    
Layout in Table Cell N/A    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
Width and Height Yes    
Scale Yes A scaled object is normally exported with scaling applied to the Shape size and the Scale property reset to 100%.

Exported as explicit size.
Relative Size Yes Exported as explicit size.  
Lock Aspect Ratio Planned    


Feature Supported Comment See Also
No Fill Yes    
Solid Fill Yes    
Gradient Fill Yes    
Pattern Fill Planned    
Picture or Texture Fill Planned    

Line Style

Some line styles might appear different when saved to ODT.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Line Color Yes    
Line Fill N/A    
Line Width Yes    
Compound Type N/A    
Dash Type Yes    
Cap Type N/A    
Join Type Yes    
Arrow Settings Yes Some arrow types might appear differently when saved to ODT.  


Shadows are exported well to ODT but in a simplified way to accommodate the ODT format.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
Shadow Planned    

3D Properties

ODT doesn’t support 3D features.

In a future version shapes with 3D formatting may be exported as an image.

Feature Supported Comment See Also
3D Properties N/A