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MS Word no longer default after installing LibreOffice

asked 2016-08-01 13:40:38 +0100

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I need to deploy LibreOffice to a university dept, I still want MS Office to be the default application for office files, however since installing LibreOffice MS Office applications all now state they are not default and would I like to select which types of files they should open, I chose not to have LibreOffice as default during the installation, so that obviously does not work, and if I run MS Office apps before I install LibreOffice they open up fine, I also tried this: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/questi... and that did not work, it is obviously something that LibereOffice is doing so can someone please tell me how I can recify this. Thanks in advance Adam

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answered 2016-08-01 13:54:57 +0100

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Hi Craig, thanks for the reply but that is not the answer I am afraid, I need to deploy the software to many PC's there is no issue at the moment with MS Office being the default, only when LibreOffice is deployed, it is something this software is doing. I know how to set default apps, appreciate your effort but it isreally not the answer.

bulla80 gravatar imagebulla80 ( 2016-08-01 14:14:44 +0100 )edit
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answered 2016-08-01 17:59:34 +0100

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updated 2016-08-01 18:02:14 +0100

You can go to Control Panel in Windows, to Programs and Features. Find MS Office and do a Repair. which will reset registry associations.

Also, on the LO install, if you install via batch file you can set a flag for it not to take default file associations.With the command window in the same folder as the LO.msi,* you could use something like this:

For %%G in (LibreOffice*) do msiexec.exe /i %%G /qr  REGISTER_ALL_MSO_TYPES=0 QUICKSTART=1
  • otherwise, substitute the hard file path for the %%G variable:

     msiexec.exe /i {LO FILE PATH} /qr  REGISTER_ALL_MSO_TYPES=0 QUICKSTART=1
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Hi Paul, thanks for the answer, it wont be possible to rest office on over 100 PC's though, we automatically deploy applications via SCCM 2012 and APPV5 streaming and I am capturing the application install with APPV5, so I choose not to take the defaults however it is still making MS Office applications ask to be default when opened after installing LO, either manually of APPV5 streaming, I have looked through the registry but cannot see where it is changing this.

bulla80 gravatar imagebulla80 ( 2016-08-02 13:24:28 +0100 )edit

If I look at the FTA they are all set to open with MS Office products, I have no idea what LO is doing to make this happen, does anyone else have this issue?

bulla80 gravatar imagebulla80 ( 2016-08-02 13:25:46 +0100 )edit

I have just tried your command for a silent install and MS Office is still asking to be default, it is a clean VM just snapped back to previous without LO, before I install LO if I open MS Word it does not ask to be default, soon as install LO, via manul, script or APPV5 streaming MS Word then states it is not set as default.

bulla80 gravatar imagebulla80 ( 2016-08-02 13:46:59 +0100 )edit
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