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When downloading 5.0.3, why can only install word?

asked 2015-11-04 03:09:09 +0100

gusmandave gravatar image

updated 2015-11-05 08:08:44 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

When installing, I have the option to check the boxes for the different applications I want to install. But the Word box is the only one I can click. I am trying to get spreadsheets. Can someone help me please? If I install it that way, as I have done several times, I am unable to use Calc as I need. Help!

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Please specify the win version and the link you downloaded LibreOffice from.

Waraqa gravatar imageWaraqa ( 2015-11-04 19:24:29 +0100 )edit

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answered 2015-11-05 08:28:41 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Hi gusmandave

Under earlier versions of LO the different components were downloaded & installed as individual components. That is now no longer the case. The single file that is downloaded contains every component of the entire suite of Apps (which is why it is so huge).

The launch icons that are ultimately provided are normally all shortcuts to the identical binary, but with different parameter options to launch the individual components. You can investigate this for yourself in the following manner (the example below provides a huge amount of output; I've cut it short here to aid readability):-

Linux: soffice.bin
Windows: soffice.exe
MacOSX: soffice

:~$ locate soffice.bin
:~$ /opt/libreoffice5.0/program/soffice.bin --help
LibreOffice 437e4abdf9e72fd0a6e6f8697a0e659bc77f9b10

Usage: soffice [options] [documents...]

--minimized    keep startup bitmap minimized.
--invisible    no startup screen, no default document and no UI.
--norestore    suppress restart/restore after fatal errors.
--quickstart   starts the quickstart service
--nologo       don't show startup screen.
--nolockcheck  don't check for remote instances using the installation
--nodefault    don't start with an empty document
--headless     like invisible but no user interaction at all.
--help/-h/-?   show this message and exit.
--version      display the version information.
--writer       create new text document.
--calc         create new spreadsheet document.
--draw         create new drawing.
--impress      create new presentation.
--base         create new database.
--math         create new formula.
--global       create new global document.
--web          create new HTML document.
-o             open documents regardless whether they are templates or not.
-n             always open documents as new files (use as template).

The ultimate launch icons/buttons/menu items/shortcuts/etc. vary wildly according to OS & local considerations. There have also been many reports of stuff going wrong at that stage. If you wish only to make a quick manual repair, try this:-

If the Writer shortcut uses a command:

soffice.bin --writer

..and you want a similar shortcut for Calc, then create another shortcut containing the command:-

soffice.bin --calc

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔)
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answered 2015-11-06 12:03:12 +0100

Lupp gravatar image

updated 2015-11-06 12:04:30 +0100

As @Axel Kemp already stated, the LibreOffice installer will always install the complete application which is consisting of the components 'Writer', 'Calc', 'Draw', 'Impress', 'Math', and 'Base'. You only cxan choose with respect to lamguages and filters (import/export).

Since you quoted somethging concerning "Word", this is likely to refer to the MS-Office(R) text processor. You supposedly talk of an offer to associate files with the newly installed LibreOffice version during install. If you run the installer till it finishes, you will surely be able to use 'Calc' (the spreadsheet module of LO). To associate documents with LO that were saved in a format native to MS-Excel you can also use system means in hindsight.

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