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Relative to libreoffice 6, to avoid being forced to see, use, and/or close the startup window simply don't allow VC_redist.exe or VC_redist.x64.exe to install. The option is available toward the end of 6's install process. If VC_redist... is installed then each time a segment (Write, Calc, Draw, ...) is started the startup window is opened, takes over precious screen real estate, and can't easily be closed, nor can the startup window be disabled. Though an X (close) button is available in the upper right of segment windows, the startup window doesn't have an X button, so customers are forced to close it via startup window menus. But then they can't even prevent it from opening.

At least for me the startup window opens with a locked dimension that extends from the top to the bottom of the screen, and cannot be adjusted. Dimension/Size adjustments are available at right and left edges, but not top or bottom edges.

I presume the hype is correct about how well LO 6 functions, but forcing customers into using a startup window is depressingly similar to Microsoft's and other invasive software purveyors efforts to force their users to do things a "new" way, regardless of how experienced, intelligent, or organized we are.

Until I happened upon this solution I was preparing to perpetually avoid at least LibreOffice 6. I've been using LO versions because I can customize their interface and don't have to capitulate to Microsoft's "vision," which certainly isn't mine. I actually much prefer WordPerfect function and features, but a groundswell of supporters for it is just not developing.

Relative to libreoffice 6, to avoid being forced to see, use, and/or close the startup start center window simply don't allow VC_redist.exe or VC_redist.x64.exe to install. The option is available toward the end of 6's install process. If VC_redist... is installed then each time a when any segment (Write, Calc, Draw, ...) is started the startup window is opened the start center window is also opened, which then takes over precious screen real estate, estate and can't easily be closed, nor can the startup start center window be disabled. disabled, at least in standard settings options. Though an X (close) button is available in the upper right of segment windows, the startup start center window doesn't have an X button, so customers are forced to close it via startup window menus. But then they can't even prevent it from opening.start center menus.

At least for me the startup start center window opens with a locked dimension that extends from the top to the bottom of the screen, and cannot be adjusted. Dimension/Size adjustments are available at right and left edges, but not top or bottom edges.

I presume the hype is correct about how well LO 6 functions, but forcing customers into using a startup start center window is depressingly similar to Microsoft's and other invasive software purveyors efforts perspectives which attempt to force their users to do things a "new" way, regardless of how experienced, intelligent, or organized we are.

Until I happened upon this solution I was preparing to perpetually avoid at least LibreOffice 6. I've been using LO versions because I can customize their the interface and don't have to try to work around or capitulate to Microsoft's "vision," which certainly isn't mine. I actually "vision." I much prefer WordPerfect function WordPerfect's functions and features, but a groundswell of supporters for it is just not developing.