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Is it possible to launch a program from a link in a document?

asked 2017-04-30 02:48:30 +0200

unholymachine gravatar image

Hi,

I'm trying to launch a program from a link in a document. I've tried clicking the add url button, selecting document (not URL) then typing out the full path to the piece of software but when I click the link it opens in my distribution's default text editor. I'd like to launch Chrome, which is installed but NOT the default selected browser for the system from a link in a document. Is this even possible? If so how would I go about doing it?

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Hello unholymachine, you could do this with a macro calling the Shell() function. The precise command depends on your Operating System:

on Unix it would be Shell( "chromium-browser " + yourURL )

on Windows it would be Shell( "chrome:\\newtab " + yourURL ) ( not tested)

librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2017-04-30 04:01:54 +0200 )edit

I still get an error of:

"shell(%2522google-chrome-stable%2522)" is not an absolute URL that can be passed to an external application to open it.

With or without the addition of a '+' and a valid url.

Btw, this is all under linux on LibreOffice 5.1.6.2

unholymachine gravatar imageunholymachine ( 2017-04-30 15:31:05 +0200 )edit

try to run this macro, does it give an error?

Sub Test
    Dim strURL As String
    strURL = "https://ask.libreoffice.org"
    Shell( "google-chrome " + strURL )
End Sub
librebel gravatar imagelibrebel ( 2017-04-30 16:24:47 +0200 )edit

I'll confirm @librebel answer:

Shell "google-chrome-stable https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/questions/"

Set FireFox as default for test. Opened link in Chrome. Also reversed test with Chrome & used firefox and no problem. This on Mint 18 system with LO v5.3.2.2 (have done similar with other LO versions - even back to v4.x).

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2017-05-01 04:06:50 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-04-30 15:35:56 +0200

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updated 2017-04-30 16:46:30 +0200

In linux it opens executables like *.sh files in a text editor, photos in a photo viewer, archives like *.zip in an archive manager, music files in a music box app, but I couldn't get it to execute anything directly.

But under Further Settings you can select Form: Button. This creates a button, then toggle design mode and select the button and open the properties and edit the Events. Add an event for Mouse button pressed which calls something like this basic code:

Sub Main
    Shell("/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U")
End Sub

You may have to adjust the URL to fit w/ your system.

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I'm glad I bothered testing before saying: using /usr/bin/env google-chrome-stable %U doesn't work, it just doesn't execute Chrome although the LED indicates else.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2017-05-05 17:25:08 +0200 )edit

;-), Works for me. But I did say,: "You may have to adjust the URL to fit w/ your system." Also you might want to adjust any suffix. The "%U" is for my Debian Linux Cinnamon OS. I expect this will be heavily OS dependent.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2017-05-05 18:12:26 +0200 )edit
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answered 2017-04-30 12:14:13 +0200

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updated 2017-04-30 12:14:53 +0200

At least on Win you can do that without writing user code by assigning a hyperlink to a textportion giving the executable as 'Internt Path:' in the file:/// notation. Example:
file:///C:/Program Files (x86)/Maxima/wxMaxima/wxmaxima.exe
which works on my computer. You may include parameters.

Well, the executable is not actually "in the internet", but it surely is not found in the document.

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