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Libreoffice will not open or see files on my mac

asked 2019-10-08 13:35:37 +0200

SimonAllen gravatar image

Odd one this. I am on a Mac with Catalina. I go to the file menu but LibreOffice cannot see anything. The little coloured circle rotates for about half a minute and then stops. Why is it not seeing my files?

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This is happening to me, too.

hkottmann gravatar imagehkottmann ( 2019-11-02 20:54:47 +0200 )edit

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answered 2021-04-13 01:21:43 +0200

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updated 2021-04-13 01:24:00 +0200

I can vouch for the safe mode solution. I did have to learn it the hard way, though, because I didn't know/remember that LibreOffice has a safe mode restart option (in the help menu), so I actually restarted my entire Mac(!) in safe mode, ran LO, closed it, restarted the Mac normally and -- boom -- no luck. So I dropped some keywords into the search field here and -- boom -- nothing. So I went to the help menu in LO hoping to find a link to one-on-one support and -- boom -- said "restart in safe mode" option. It was smooth sailing from there, per hkottman's answer circa Nov 2019.

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You might like to look at this question 279603 especially Caudel's answer about

clicking on "Use LibreOffice dialogs" in Preferences -> General -> Open/Save Dialogs
Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2021-04-13 01:28:02 +0200 )edit
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answered 2019-11-02 21:03:02 +0200

This issue disappeared after I restarted the app, restarted my firewall, and tried opening the app in safe mode. Not sure which one of those three things did it, but I suspect it was going into safe mode (where the problem still occurred) and then opening it up normally. The firewall would be the last choice, as I don't think it needs Internet access just to open files!

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