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asked 2019-04-20 16:07:13 +0200

Jimmaki gravatar image

updated 2019-04-20 16:07:44 +0200

Recently, I downloaded LibreOffice app from Microsoft Store. Although works ok, I can't find a way to open documents like .docx by using LibreOffice Writer as the default app.

Any clue?

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Usually there is a request while installation process, whether or not LO shall be assigned to .docx, .xlsx aso. Personally I'd never install LO through MS Store. You can get the package direct from - no need for MS Store. The way MS implements so called "Desktop Apps" and lets them act in the start menue or handels them with the new control panel is some how not worked out. Like it does not allow you to set LO as default app for .docx. But there are certainly 10 other reasons, why your way does not work and a different approach could. As @gabix wrote, read the manual for your operating system and how to fix file associations. The traditional way still works apart from default app for file type, also in W8/8.1, W10.

Cookievore gravatar imageCookievore ( 2019-04-21 09:02:26 +0200 )edit

My laptop (Surface Pro 4) has limited space in the hard drive and thus having the LO suite from MS Store comes handy. Also, I can't find the Win 10 manual. Downloading and use the LO suite isn't actually a solution for me.

Jimmaki gravatar imageJimmaki ( 2019-04-21 12:14:16 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-04-22 13:37:45 +0200

Jimmaki gravatar image

updated 2019-04-22 13:40:03 +0200


Step #1: Make hidden folders visible and show protected OS files through Control Panel

Step #2: Take ownership and full permissions of the directory containing the executables C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps\42109FactoriaDatacenter.LibreOffice_6.2.2.0_neutral__zaf1c6h4vqsbt\VFS\ProgramFilesX64\LibreOffice\program

Step #3: Associate the desired file types with the executables through "Look for another app on this PC" and use the above directory to point to the LO executables.


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Fine, you found one of the manuals ,-) Pls be aware that you tweaked your windows which might have unwanted side effects (perhaps with the next feature update) and also you're using most likely an unofficial repacked app installation. But I recognise your need for optimisation concerning the (too) small ssd inside your Surface.

Cookievore gravatar imageCookievore ( 2019-04-22 18:09:46 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-04-20 16:33:38 +0200

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Read the manual for your operating system, the chapter about file associations.

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Think is, when setting the default apps //for a particular file type (say .docx), LibreOffice doesn't appear as an option...

Jimmaki gravatar imageJimmaki ( 2019-04-20 17:45:23 +0200 )edit

Can you please provide me with some info (or perhaps a link) about this manual?

Jimmaki gravatar imageJimmaki ( 2019-04-21 12:15:03 +0200 )edit
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