Start Writer from Dock

Using LO on OS Yosemite. Rarely use the other LO programs. Is there a way to have Writer on the dock so I can bypass the LO opening screen?

There was a post using Automator with a single line, but I could’t get it to work. Any suggestions on how to work with Automator?

There was also a suggestion to save a a template for a new blank document and put the template on the dock. I created the template, but couldn’t figure out how to locate the template to drag it to the dock. This seemed like a less helpful solution.

Love LO (I’ve been a Word user for ages and have just switched) and would like to make it better.

Thanks in advance.

He, on OSX Lion I make so in the dock: right click > File > Text document.

Thank you for your comment, but I don’t understand it. Are you saying when saving the template you go to the dock?

I’d like to understand.

Thank you.

No, I am saying to open LO from the Dock choosing Writer (right click > File > Text document) and so opening new text document.
See screenshot (with Italian OS X):

Even though this is an old post, I thought I would share how I start the LO apps:

  1. Open Automator

  2. Select “New Document”, and pick “Application”

  3. Select the “Run Shell Script”,

  4. Paste the following depending on your application you need to start:

/Applications/ --writer “$@” >/dev/null 2>&1 &


/Applications/ --calc “$@” >/dev/null 2>&1 &


  1. Save the automator task

  2. Double click to test if its working correctly, and starting up the application

  3. Setting the right icon is pretty easy - browse to /Applications in finder, Rightclick Libreoffice and select “Show package contents”

  4. Browse to “Resources” folder and find the icon you want and double click it

  5. In Preview app, do Cmd+c to copy the icon to the clipboard

  6. On the automator task, right click and “Get Info”, select the Icon (small automator robot), and do Cmd-v to replace it

  7. Finally drag the Automator task you just created to the dock.

This should be it, and the LO app will open directly on click.

Note: if you drop a document on the automator task, it will open the app, and then the document.