Within a period of 12 hours after downloading 3.5 I ran into three bugs and then browsing the messages I found the solution to one and it fixed all three:
- Opening a Writer template (.ott) produced the error “templates already exists”
- The “Recent Documents” list was blank and wasn’t updating, and
- The Help Pack wasn’t working.
I wonder if what fixed the problems for me may fix the problem for you.
Shut down all instances of LibreOffice, including the QuickStart.
In C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data (in XP SP3) rename directory LibreOffice to something else. (I normally add _old or _yyyymmdd to the end of the name.)
Start up LibreOffice, It will recreate that directory. Customized settings will no longer be present, however.
That fixed the three bugs I experienced above, and I wonder if that might also fix the problems you are experiencing. If so, it is from something that was left over from 3.4.x that 3.5 isn’t handling correctly.
I didn’t test directly clicking on a file to open it before I had renamed the LibreOffice directory, so I don’t know if the problem existed before I renamed it. However, after I had renamed it, when I read your post, I double-checked and I can open a Writer file by double-clicking on it.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, you can shut down all instances of LibreOffice (including the QuickStart), delete the new directory, and rename the old directory to the original name.