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asked 2020-11-28 17:45:46 +0200

SFTuri gravatar image

updated 2021-05-17 23:59:33 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I just downloaded LibreOffice to my iMac running Catalina to see if it will work for me. I tried creating new documents in Writer and Calc, and I could not save either. The beachball spun for ~20 seconds and then just stopped, no error message or anything. I CAN edit and save an existing document.

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close date 2021-05-18 00:00:12.663822


Because you can open and save existing files, I guess that you already given LibreOffice full disk access in System Preferences > Security & Privacy

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-11-29 02:22:34 +0200 )edit

I didn't know I had to - so I did and now I can Save. Thank you!

SFTuri gravatar imageSFTuri ( 2020-11-29 15:21:25 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-11-29 21:27:05 +0200

Earnest Al gravatar image

Answer accepted 2020-11-29:

Give LibreOffice full disk access in System Preferences > Security & Privacy. This is a security feature of MacOS. Cheers Al

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In an Answer @Caudel had written this comment: (Answer deleted)

This solution doesn't work for me. I added full disk access (see attached figure) but still have trouble saving new files. I have to copy an existing file, rename it, open it up, erase the old material and add the new content. Then I can save it.

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PKG gravatar imagePKG ( 2021-04-12 16:14:13 +0200 )edit

@Caudel this looks like a a MacOS issue. This answer about Illustrator might apply.

That is go to Preferences > General and tick box Use legacy "File New" interface.

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2021-04-12 22:42:53 +0200 )edit

answered 2021-04-12 23:25:54 +0200

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The Illustrator answer was on the right track. After clicking on "Use LibreOffice dialogs" in Preferences -> General -> Open/Save Dialogs, I can now save new files directly from LibreOffice!

The only drawback is having to use the LibreOffice dialogs. At the risk of looking a gift horse in the mouth, the dialogs are pretty archaic in appearance and navigation in the file system is not as easy as in the native versions. I will probably only toggle the setting when needed.

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