How do I change all user file format defaults

asked 2019-08-28 00:12:15 +0100

Buddy R gravatar image

I've gone this route (using Writer-to-M$ Word as an example) of trying to change all users on a box at once instead of each user individually: \Basis3.4\share\registry

Use a text editor to alter three files in that "registry" folder.

The first is writer.xcd

Open the writer.xcd file with Notepad, and make the following change:

The line that reads as follows . . .

<prop oor:name="ooSetupFactoryDefaultFilter"><value>writer8</value>

. . . should be changed to read:

<prop oor:name="ooSetupFactoryDefaultFilter"><value>MS Word 97</value>

As there are multiple of instances of that entry I've changed them all but alas, poor Yorick, it has not worked. Any other options, such as the writer.xcu file (which I could not open to edit) has failed as well. Any suggestions?

It's not life-or-death but would sure help me out.

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Note that you are not supposed to alter the pre-existing files in the share/registry; you are expected to add there some new files with settings override.

Note that what you are trying to do is a sure way to suffering from format incompatibilities and bugs in external format support.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-08-28 06:57:39 +0100 )edit