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LibreOffice on shared computer

asked 2019-01-26 14:12:35 +0100

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LibreOffice is set as the default reader on my laptop, and all of my files are in the cloud, with no problems. I also use a shared desktop pc where I can readily access those files, but MS Office is set as the default on it and I really would prefer my files (about 500 documents plus a few spreadsheets and presentations) to open in LibreOffice while still allowing the other person to use Office. Is there any way of achieving this? Nothing has come up in my searches.

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Have you tried opening the application first (Writer, Calc,whatever) and then using it to navigate to your files, rather than opening the file or document directly? After opening a file the first time this way, it should appear in the recent documents list of the application and you won't have to search for it again. I don't have Windows 8 to test it but this method should work regardless.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2019-01-26 16:46:03 +0100 )edit

Yes I am aware of that method, thank you, and I can confirm that it does work on Win 8, but I am hoping for a way of (A) getting any existing document on "my half" of the shared computer to open automatically in LibreOffice when I click on it, rather than me manually opening LibreOffice first and then using it to browse for the file I want to read, and (B) doing it so that the other user can still open theirs in MS Office. I have achieved this on my laptop, of which I am the sole user, simply by setting LibreOffice as the default, but I dare not do that on the shared pc for fear of a divorce.

fernman gravatar imagefernman ( 2019-01-26 19:13:56 +0100 )edit

I understand. However, in my experience it is always safer to Save and Close (2 operations) a document before closing an application (a third operation). This avoids any inadvertent loss or corruption of a document from having left it "open" in the application, no matter how inconvenient it might seem. Maybe you have just been lucky so far :-).

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2019-01-26 19:30:27 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-01-26 14:41:31 +0100

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This looks like a Windows problem rather than an LO one. Does the advice at https://www.computerworld.com/article... help?

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answered 2019-01-26 14:58:42 +0100

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updated 2019-01-26 15:00:48 +0100

Thanks for the link, that describes precisely how my Win 8.1 pc is set up, with husband and strife users. I has become clear to me from my trials that it is the computer that decides what the files open in (thanks to MS for their dominance) and not anything else. In my innocence I earlier thought that if my files were changed to .odf in the cloud, they would open in LibreOffice on the shared pc, but that is not the case.

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You're welcome. And thanks for your response. It is nice to know our suggestions have helped, even when they are not quite what we would like to hear.

Platterbaff gravatar imagePlatterbaff ( 2019-01-26 15:29:10 +0100 )edit
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