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2017-03-08 19:21:21 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda Is the ribbon going to make an appearance?

I'm of exactly the same mind as you, Mack (OP). That damned ribbon is a disaster of a UI. MS re-designing not because it is an improvement; not because it's actually useful; but because they need to roll-out a new version of Office and Windows so that they can keep the cash rolling in. Rather than do something useful they just change the eye-candy so that the average Joe thinks, "Gosh. I need that." Pile of pish!

I'm going to move to a Win 8.1 system because I found out that it was possible to disable the ribbon in Windows Explorer - if it wasn't possible to do that I wouldn't switch from Win7. When I need to use MS Office I still use Office 2003 because it's the last version of Office without that ribbon crap!

If LibreOffice move to a ribbon without being able to have the, completely uncompromised, fully functional proper menus UI then I'll stick with the last version of LibreOffice that didn't go down that disaster of a route.

The ribbon is just a change to make a new version of something, just to keep the cash rolling in - nothing more and nothing less.

2017-02-27 21:14:15 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda Bug: Why was the reCaptcha security test to open this account only offered in Spanish?

This kind of thing seems to happen from time to time for this forum and certainly not only for your account. Personally I find it really easy to just guess what the captcha expects from just looking at the tiles on offer. If you don't get it off the bat the first time just refresh the captcha and you'll soon find one that it straightforwardly guessable.

2017-02-10 19:42:04 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda LibreOffice x64 not installing on Windows 10 15025 x64

With respect to Windows 10 and LibreOffice fonts there is an interesting note here for LibreOfficePortable from PortableApps: LibreOfficePortable Font Warning. Basically it says that Windows 10 is bugged regarding font handling.

There is a section that says this:

LibreOffice Fonts - The LibreOffice Portable package includes the OpenSymbol font included with the local version but not the other font faces. This is due to a bug on Windows 10 Anniversary that causes dynamically loaded fonts to take 10x longer to load. The fonts are available as a direct download zip of fonts. You add the fonts to LibreOffice Portable directly by placing them in the LibreOfficePortable\Data\fonts directory or add them to the PortableApps.com Platform for use by all apps by placing them in your PortableApps\PortableApps.com\Data\fonts directory.

It MIGHT be the case that even though you are fully installing LibreOffice to the system this will be an issue. (The same sort of thing is noted for ApacheOpenOfficePortable.)

2017-02-02 12:41:28 +0100 ha commentato una domanda Downloaded LO to Mac OS10.9.5 but it won't open

First things first. Exactly what file did you download and from where? Did you check the file you downloaded with one of the checksum hash numbers available via the download webpage? Have you checked the downloaded file is not corrupt?

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2017-01-25 14:55:01 +0100 ha commentato una risposta Downloaded - how to install?

WinXP support ended ages ago. No more updates.

Again, I would suggest downloading via Torrent. It has built in integrity checking for the file it is downloading. If you don't have a torrent client on your system download Tixati. If you download the portable version it won't install anything to your system - though if you want to load a torrent file then you will need to drag it into Tixati's GUI

2017-01-24 19:20:53 +0100 ha modificato una risposta Downloaded - how to install?

Go back to the download page and for the download offered click on the "Info" link (just below the big download button). Then you will be taken to a page that will show SHA-256, SHA-1 and MD5 checksum hash numbers that you can use to check the integrity of the .msi file you downloaded. To easily copy the hash click on the hash title you want and you will get a page where it is easy to copy the hash value.

Another option, if you're not sure on using checksum hashes, is to download as a torrent. Torrent clients have their own checking functions for a file built in, so little chance of getting a dud download. Usually when I download I use the torrent route as the download goes much faster than the direct download route.


You need a separate utility to check the checksum. This is the one I use: MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility (The free edition is sufficient for your needs.) Download it and run it - it is fully portable so won't install anything to your system. To use do the following:

1) Launch the Checksum Utility.

2) Drag the <libreoffice>.msi file you downloaded into the File box in the Checksum Utility.

3) The Utility will calculate the checksum value for that file according to what boxes you have ticked in the Utility; MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512

4) Go to the LibreOffice download page and copy one of the official checksum numbers for the file you downloaded. Of the checksums that LibreOffice offers SHA-256 is the most secure to use. VERY IMPORTANT: When copying the checksum number be absolutely sure that you copy only the number, do not copy any spaces, they are not part of the number.

5) Paste the checksum number you copied into the Checksum Utility Hash box. Click the Verify button

6) The Utility will now tell you if the checksum number you had the Utility calculate matches the official LibreOffice checksum number.

7) It the numbers match then the downloaded file is okay. If the numbers do not match then the downloaded file is corrupt.

8) Now read this and you will have a better idea of what checksums are for the future: What is a Checksum and How to Calculate a Checksum

2017-01-22 13:27:35 +0100 ha modificato una risposta Cursor keeps jumping while I'm writing a word doc.

If you are using a laptop then you might find this thread at Apache OpenOffice Forum useful: [Solved] Difficulty with OpenOffice Writer on Windows 10. Read it even if you are not using Windows 10 - the information might still be relevant to your problem if you are using a laptop.

Remember to report back here if this does or does not fix the problem.

2017-01-20 15:19:38 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda Figures outside page margins

Right-click on the image and select Properties... You will get lots of resizing and placement options in there. (Remember the Help button for basic information on what the settings are.)

Also you might find the book Designing with LibreOffice useful for detailed instructions on dealing with images in documents. Look in the book for instructions regarding "Frames" and "Images".

More documentation can be found here: LibreOffice Documentation/Guides.

If you make a change you don't like/want it is often the case that pressing the key combination CTRL+Z will undo the last change you made.

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2017-01-18 23:52:52 +0100 ha commentato una domanda Libreoffice does not install although.....

You are not giving people even a chance to help. You don't say what operating system you are using. If on Windows are you sure you are running the installer as administrator. If not then that might be source of your difficulty.

2017-01-18 23:34:12 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda How do get the selected language for Text to stick?

Assuming you want French to be the default language try the following:

1) Go Tools (menu) > Options... > Language Settings > Languages

2) Make sure that your Locale Setting is set to whatever version of French you want to use.

3) Make sure the Default Languages for Documents: Western setting is set to whatever version of French you want to use.

2017-01-18 21:53:57 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda Dual Install LO x32-bit and x64-bit. Only one uninstall option in Windows "Programs and Features". What to do?

As no one answered my question I just tried the following:

I uninstalled what was offered in "Programs and Features" then manually deleted the program files of the other install (so files for both installs were wiped from the hard-drive). Then I re-installed the version I wanted to keep which seems to be running without issues.

Problem solved, I think.

2017-01-18 19:13:53 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda how do I adjust margins on a writer document; how do I find the tool to address and envelope

To adjust the page margins of a document go Format (menu) > Page. . . > Page (tab) There you will see the margins you can set.

Don't know how to deal with your addressing envelopes issues. However, there is a item Insert (menu) > Envelope... which probably offers what you are looking for. I've never used it so can't comment on how to.

You might find the following two books useful:

LibreOffice 5.1 Getting Started

Designing with LibreOffice

Both books are free unless you want a hard-copy.

2017-01-18 19:03:42 +0100 ha modificato una domanda Dual Install LO x32-bit and x64-bit. Only one uninstall option in Windows "Programs and Features". What to do?

OS = Windows 7 Pro. x64 SP1

LO 64-bit = v5.2.4.2 (en-GB) and also the associated Help-pack for en-GB. (This was installed first.)

LO 32-bit = v5.2.4.2 (en-GB) and also the associated Help-pack for en-GB. (This was installed second.)

I just installed the x86 and x64 bit versions of LO into the same system. Now on checking inside Windows "Programs and Features" window I find that I only have one uninstall option for LO (I would expect two, one for the 32-bit and one for the 64-bit). The uninstall option that is available in "Programs and Features" does not say whether it will uninstall the 32-bit or the 64-bit install.

Okay, to get out of this mess I guess that I just uninstall what (unspecified) version is available in "Programs and Features" and just manually delete whatever files are on the hard-drive for the other installation (32-bit or 64-bit - whatever is left after the "Programs and Features" uninstall).

Seems to me that this is some kind of bug in the installers for LO and I don't know where to flag the possible bug. would think really that both installs should make a separate entry in the "Programs and Features" window so that users can specify exactly what it is they want to uninstall. (Same goes for the Help-packs.) So two questions really:

1) If anyone knows of a better way to uninstall these two versions of LO could you please tell me?

2) Can someone point me to where I go to report this issue as a possible bug (for both LO and the Help-pack)?

EDIT: I found out how to report this as a bug and have now done so.

2017-01-18 15:25:20 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda LibreOffice Fresh custom installation

As far as I am aware it is no longer possible to install individual components of the main parts of LibreOffice (e.g. Writer, Calc, etc.). It used to be possible to do this years ago but that facility has for quite some time now been removed. I think the reasoning behind this is that LO is highly integrated and works through core components, which must be installed, and which all the other components use to operate. The core components take up a fair amount of room on the hard-drive. The other components Writer, Draw etc. do not take up much room on the hard-drive so there is no real loss in just installing all of them all.

For install instructions see this webpage: How to Install LibreOffice

Please note that to get offline Help you will need to install the appropriate language Help File to your system and the version of that Help File must be the same as the version of LibreOffice that you installed. The instructions on how to do this are at the bottom of the page of the above given link.

As you seem new to LO you might find the following books helpful:

(1) LibreOffice 5.1 Getting Started

(2) Designing with LibreOffice

You might also find the following forum useful:

Apache OpenOffice Forum That forum has a more traditional forum interface that you might find easier to use than this Ask LibreOffice forum. Although the forum is an OpenOffice forum they are quite happy to deal with LibreOffice problems too - there are lots of folks that use that forum that also use LibreOffice.

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2017-01-17 15:25:23 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda after downloading all my quotation marks and apostrophes went from curved characters to straight. How do I fix this?

Try this. Go Tools (Menu) > AutoCorrect > AutoCorrect Options. . . Localised Options (tab). Look at the details for Single Quotes and Double Quotes. If they don't show the punctuation characters you want (i.e. curly quotes) then click on the appropriate button and choose the punctuation character you would prefer from the table that opens up. (When the table opens it will suggest the punctuation mark that it thinks you would want.) Once you have selected the curly quote mark then click the Insert button (then follow the same procedure for the other quote marks you want to use). When you are finished dealing with all the quote marks make sure that the Replace tick-boxes have a tick mark in them - then click the OK button. Now when you type in quote marks LibreOffice should use curly quote marks.

I do not know if this will alter documents that you already have. Maybe someone else with more knowledge of LibreOffice could comment on that and how to deal with that situation. Probably Search and Replace would be needed.

If in future you want to not use curly quote marks then just go back to the same dialogue and just untick the Replace tick-boxes - Writer will revert to using whatever the system default is for quote marks.

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2017-01-09 18:32:56 +0100 ha posto una domanda LibreOffice for Windows - Install 32-bit or 64-bit - Which is Best?

Operating System = Windows 7 Pro. x64 SP1

For my system I see that I can install LibreOffice 32-bit or LibreOffice 64-bit. Which would be the best to install and why? What is the difference between the two?

2017-01-09 14:28:32 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda LO link to dictionaries not working

This is the extension that I use that provides English GB/UK spellchecking: English dictionaries for Apache OpenOffice

The extension is for both Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice. To install:

1) Download the spellchecker extension package. This will give you file titled "dict-en-[date].oxt"

2) Open LibreOffice Writer then go Tools (menu) > Extension Manager...

3) Once the manager opens just click the "Add..." button and it should be clear how to install the "oxt" extension package you downloaded.

4) Shutdown then restart LibreOffice Writer.

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2017-01-07 19:48:28 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda I accidentally erased a two page letter before saving. Can I recover it?

Assuming you kept the original LibreOffice window open try clicking inside the document and then press Ctrl+Z this might undo any change you just made. Alternatively try Ctrl+V Might work, might not, depends if what you did copied the text of your letter into the pasteboard or not and assumes you haven't copied anything into the clipboard since.

Other than that, and assuming that at some point in time you did save the document, then just re-open the version you did save and take it from there (you would, though, have to re-type the parts that you declined to save).

2017-01-07 14:13:36 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda LibreOffice Portable?

I have Apache OpenOffice (AOO) installed on my Win7 x64 system without difficulties. I have in the past also installed LibreOffice (LO) to the system with no particular difficulties. Now I have AOO installed and use LO Portable occasionally. The only reason I use LO Portable is for odds and ends of reading Microsoft Word documents - sometimes LO will do a better job of reading a Word document than AOO, sometimes not, it's just handy to have around in case.

The only thing I find irritating about LO Portable is that the Offline Help file (which you need to download separately from LO's own site) doesn't install to it. So you lose offline Help. I have read (though never tried it myself) that it is possible to get the Help file to work with LO Portable - but it is quite complex to do so if you're not particularly computer savvy. Details are here: How do we install OFFLINE HELP for LibreOffice v. 5.x [portable]

All above said when I was running an installed version of LibreOffice on Win7 x64 the only issue I had with it was getting the Offline Help file to work. It was pretty easy to fix that problem.

EDIT: Okay, Convert22. Here are some tips for you:

1) As you are totally new to PortableApps I would strongly recommend that you install the PortableApps.com Platform first and then install the LibreOffice Portable into the platform. To do all of that read all the Support documents here: Support Documents. You won't need all of the instructions of all the documents there at this point in time but it will give you a better idea of how portable apps work. And, yes, you can install to your hard-drive (this is how I have LibreOffice Portable 'installed' on my machine). You can, for example, setup a portable apps suite on you hard-drive and, to use it on you flash-drive, just copy the entire suite over to you flash-drive and, bingo!, you are good to go for using the entire suite from your flash-drive (you can, of course, setup on your flash-drive and then copy the entire suite to your hard-drive). Strictly speaking you don't need to use the PortableApps.com Platform but doing so will make things much easier for a newbie to portable apps. (If you want an alternative to PortableApps.com Platform then I would recommend Portable Start Menu but really you would need some experience with portable apps under your belt before you try using that - so just keep that inf in the back of your mind for later.)

2) Once you have PortableApps.com Platform installed then download and install the LibreOffice Portable into it. (Again read the support documents and you should find how to do that is very straightforward.)

3) If you find this ask.libreoffice.org forum difficult to use (I do) then you might find Apache OpenOffice Forum easier. It has a more ... (more)

2017-01-04 14:44:04 +0100 ha commentato una risposta LibreOffice.org and application use http-protocol

Okay. I just stumbled across this which seems to imply that you might be able to do what you want: SSL Enforcer. I have no experience using that but if it does what it says it looks promising.

It could be the case that not being able to connect via HTTPS while doing software updating is a limitation at the server end - updating via HTTPS may not be enabled at all at the server. I suppose the only way around to remain secure in that scenario is using a VPN.

2017-01-04 14:16:04 +0100 ha risposto a una domanda LibreOffice.org and application use http-protocol

If you are using Firefox browser you can try out HTTPS Everywhere. It can be installed from here: HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Addon

I use it all the time and libreoffice.org always connects via HTTPS (as do many other sites). Note that you can add 'exceptions' to any sites that you don't want to connect to via HTTPS, but you really only need to do that very occasionally. In several years of use I've only had to do that once. To all intents and purposes it works for me without my intervention.