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How do I set LibreOffice to default save as XML when installing the app, instead of after I install it?

asked 2017-07-31 19:13:35 +0100

Jonah1234 gravatar image

I'm trying to setup LibreOffice for work but I didn't find a variant that has the presets I was looking for wtihout manually changing the settings.

(Goal) All programs default save as XML 2007-2013 format.

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answered 2017-08-01 08:16:32 +0100

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Never use foreign file formats for ongoing work, especially DOCX/XLSX/PPTX. Work with ODF and only after finishing export to another format. Just search this forum and you will see that working with those formats, especially DOCX, is a straight way to data loss.

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I absolutely support what @gabix advised. However, LibreOffice does contain a footgun for those who definitely want to make their lives more challenging. It is located at Tools-Options-Load/Save-General. You select document types from "Document type:" field one-by-one, and for each, you choose corresponding default save format in "Always save as:" drop-down list. Also note, that LibreOffice will stop issuing warning about possible problems for that type!

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-08-01 08:35:58 +0100 )edit

Oh, sorry. I didn't notice the "when I install" requirement. Bad reading.

For enterprise deployments, you may use information available at this wiki. As mentioned there, "default format for documents ... cannot be set during silent installation". So, if you use Windows, you have a choice for post deployment configuration between registry backend (e.g., ADMX), and .xcd files. On other platforms, only latter is available.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-08-01 08:38:16 +0100 )edit
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