Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

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Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby DeathAndPain » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:26 am

Hello everyone,

I have reinstalled Windows and want to keep all my LibreOffice 3.4.4 settings (including tool bar configuration etc.). My first idea was to simply copy the folder E:\Users\dummy\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice into the correspoding directory of the new user (replacing it), but this does not work: LibreOffice crashes upon start when I do. Chances are this is because I installed LibreOffice into a different path than the one I used to in my old Windows installation.

Since I cannot replace the whole directory, perhaps I can at least transfer parts of it, no? I already managed to successfully transfer my personal autocorrect dictionary. I would also like to transfer the general option preferences though, and especially my customized toolbars. How can I achieve that? In which files are these stored?
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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby Hagar Delest » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:39 am

Yes, keep the former profile and try to move parts of it until you spot the file that has problems.
To avoid recreating a new profile, make a copy of it too. Make sure that the quickstarter is deactivated before copying it, it will spare the wizard when you make a trial after moving former files.

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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby DeathAndPain » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:11 pm

Does any one know exactly in which files the toolbar settings are stored? These are the most important part for me. Setting up the regular options can be done manually .
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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby franx » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:46 pm

DeathAndPain wrote:Does any one know exactly in which files the toolbar settings are stored? These are the most important part for me. Setting up the regular options can be done manually .


That are the *.xml files in the directory 'soffice.cfg'.
[Path: ...\LibreOffice\3\user\config\soffice.cfg\...]
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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:29 am

See also [Solved] Move Toolbar between applications.

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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby PeaceByJesus » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:53 pm

Hagar Delest wrote:Yes, keep the former profile and try to move parts of it until you spot the file that has problems.
To avoid recreating a new profile, make a copy of it too. Make sure that the quickstarter is deactivated before copying it, it will spare the wizard when you make a trial after moving former files.

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I know this is an old post, but it shows up as a top search result for openoffice migarate toolbars, so I would like to be helpful by adding more info. The profile for Apache OpenOffice can be quickly found in Windows by pasting this address in the Run command box (hold down the Windows key on your keyboard - in the left hand corner with the image on it - and tap the "r" key and let both go): %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\ For LibreOffice it is: %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4

For future versions (God willing) you may have to change the last digit to 5 or whatever version that is.

Toolbars for Writer are found in %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\config\soffice.cfg\modules\swriter\toolbar

Custom colors are %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\config\standard.soc

Dictionaries are in %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\wordbook

Note that unlike Toolbars, which ought to be able to be saved from within the program, keyboard configurations(custom hot keys, etc.) can be saved via right click on the end of the toolbar in your Office document window, and choosing Customize Toolbar>Keyboard and then hitting Save. Then in a new profile you can go to Customize Toolbar>Keyboard and hit Load. For instance, I configure the F2 key to do Paste Special, and the F9 to bold text, etc. and then save that configuration.

Hope this helps more.
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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby John_Ha » Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:28 pm

DeathAndPain wrote:Does any one know exactly in which files the toolbar settings are stored?

I think in ...\user\registrymodifications.xcu but possibly in ...\user\config.

Put the user profile (...\user) you copied fro the old PC in the path specified in Tool > Options >OpenOffice > Paths on the new PC.

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Re: Migrating LibreOffice settings to a new installation

Postby PeaceByJesus » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:28 am

The registrymodifications.xcu file in %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user \user\ does store the settings. I hope to try this next time I migrate. Copying a toolbar such as in %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\config\soffice.cfg\modules\swriter\toolbar to another profile works fine to migrate them, as I did from AOo to LOo. Thank God for those coders!
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