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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [libreoffice-users] Re: File associations - LibreOffice and OpenOffice on Windows 7
Date Tue, 22 May 2012 02:11:19 GMT

Interesting ...

I uninstalled LibreOffice and installed to have an install that was after
the Apache OpenOffice 3.4 install.

Libre Office did claim the defaults of the ODF-format file-associations.  *BUT* it
left the associations for Writer, Calc, etc. (all leading to Apache OpenOffice
3.4.0).  It also seems to have *ADDED* associations for .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, etc., for
itself, but without changing the defaults or removing any other associations.  It also left
the soffice.exe association (identified as LibreOffice 3.5) that I had created earlier, but
I really don't need it now.

Finally, I was not offered a dialog about making the Microsoft Office products the defaults
at all, perhaps because associations already existed.  I don't know, but I like how it worked.

Is that cool or what?

 - Dennis 

-----Original Message-----
From: James Knott [] 
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 14:25
To: OpenOffice
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: File associations - LibreOffice and OpenOffice on Windows

James Knott wrote:
> Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>> You can try to add AOO associations manually, but it might not be
>> effective.
>> The problem is that LibreOffice,, and Apache
>> OpenOffice all use the same (old Star Office) names for the
>> individual application programs.  Even if you succeed in having
>> multiple swriter.exe associations, for example, you may have trouble
>> telling them apart [;<).
>> I think you already know how to do this, by using the Open With ...
>> context-menu and take the "Choose Default Program" option.  You'll
>> have to find the installed files and select them.  Perhaps even make
>> it the default at first, although you can select the program and
>> remove the check mark on "Always use the selected program ... ".
>> Thereafter, they should all be offered in the Open With ... without
>> having to be added.  But I suspect this is where you might be
>> frustrated.  (This is how I add WinZip to all of the ODF and OOXML
>> extension names so I can simplify document-forensic work.)
> Got it.  You gave me the idea.  Instead of going into the OpenOffice
> folder and selecting, for example, swriter, I selected OpenOffice and
> it now appears as a choice when I right click.  It also now possible
> to choose any of the three to be the default app.
> tnx jk

I have found another way.  Change the OpenOffice files to owriter etc. 
This way, OpenOffice Writer is displayed, instead of just 
3.4, when right clicking.  Perhaps creating a shortcut there may work too.

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