# Tahir Hassan's Blog

My Technical Notes

## Wednesday, 18 March 2015

### Inserting an OpenOffice Draw diagram into an MS Word document

I am using MS Office 2010 and OpenOffice 4.1.1.

Let's say you are storing all your files in a folder named dissertation. This folder has the following structure:

• dissertation - the containing folder for all dissertation-related documents.
• dissertation.docx - the Word 2010 document.
• tools_diagram.odg - the Draw document
• exports - a folder containing all exported diagrams.
• tools_diagram.emf - The above diagram's export in EMF format (Enhanced Meta File).

Within tools_diagram.odg, set all the margins to zero.

The first step is to export tools_diagram.odg to an .emf file:

• Click on File → Export, set the path to be in exports folder, Save as type = EMF and accept the default options and click OK.

Next, within your Word document, you use Ctrl+F9 to insert a field code bracket, and within it type:


INCLUDEPICTURE "exports/tools_diagram.emf" \d \* MERGEFORMAT


NOTE: you must select the field, typically by using Select All/Ctrl+a, and then press F9 to make Word "pick up" the field. Thereafter use Alt+F9 to toggle the field and then you should see your diagram.

NOTE: with an absolute path, e.g. "C:\Temp\My Image.png", you need to replace the backslashes with two backslashes, or one forward slash; spaces have to be escaped by preceding them with a backslash.

Thereafter, press F9. Use Alt+F9 to toggle the field codes so you can see your diagram. You may have to resize the diagram.