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how to open a Base form from desktop clickable link? [closed]

asked 2013-06-15 04:25:13 +0200

justsomuch gravatar image

updated 2015-08-29 20:46:08 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have created a contact list database which will be used by others. Opening it needs to be very, very simple, opening right to the contact list form to enter data (without having to look at the Base application interface.) Is there any way to create a desktop link, button, icon, not sure of the correct term, something that would just stay on the desktop whether or not libreoffice Base was open, so they could click it and have the form open?

I am a beginner at this but I have looked at the documentation & about script 'buttons' that you can use to change forms when you already have libreoffice Base interface open, however that won't work. I need a very easy way for them to get directly to the form. Any ideas or places I could look?

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Please, what is your Operating System?

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2013-06-18 23:18:40 +0200 )edit

Thank you, it is Linux Mint, and libreoffice 3.6.2.2

justsomuch gravatar imagejustsomuch ( 2013-06-20 22:25:48 +0200 )edit

For anyone else trying to do this… I found a related openoffice discussion here: http://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=40493

What he does is save the Base form as a Writer document. Then he creates another Writer document with a push button that opens the Writer version of the form. Then a link may be placed on the desktop.

justsomuch gravatar imagejustsomuch ( 2013-06-21 14:37:17 +0200 )edit

(continued) So clicking the desktop link opens the Writer document with a button in it. Clicking the button in the Writer document opens the Writer version of the form. Well fine, but I cannot figure out how to get data into the database from the Writer version of the Base form.

Any ideas? Or is this completely the wrong approach?

justsomuch gravatar imagejustsomuch ( 2013-06-21 14:37:44 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-05 15:29:55 +0200

Alex Thurgood gravatar image

Create an ODB file. Register this ODB file with LO (see the built-in help on registering databases). Create a Writer form which is bound to the datasource of your ODB file, or create a form within your ODB file and then save it to a separate location. Create a link on your desktop to the Writer form file. Double-click to open your form and gain access to the underlying DB.

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answered 2014-11-08 03:43:37 +0200

JKEngineer gravatar image

TheFrugalComputerGuy channel on YouTube has an excellent series of tutorials on LO Base. Video 61 in that series deals with Standalone Forms and addresses your issues. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPANW... Video 62 presents what he calls a Switchboard. That's the document with multiple buttons for different forms.

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