[Solved] Make Writer the default AOO application that opens

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[Solved] Make Writer the default AOO application that opens

Postby PPLIFE » Thu May 30, 2019 2:30 am

I would like to know how to set up Open Office to open as a Text Document rather than having to choose from the list every time. In other words I am trying to skip this window here in the image below.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.20.49 AM.png
The window I am trying to skip



In addition (if I can get the answer on this thread I won't have to start a new thread about it), how do you change the default screen size of the page? It opens too wide and I have to adjust the size each time which is kinda frustrating.

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.24.30 AM.png
This is the size I am getting now


Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 3.25.30 AM.png
This is the size I prefer to open by default
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Re: How to make Writer the default OO application that opens

Postby robleyd » Thu May 30, 2019 2:48 am

Most likely when you installed AOO it added a number of shortcuts to the individual components - Writer, Calc etc. - in addition to the shortcut that opens the application chooser you see; look for a shortcut to AOO Writer and use that instead.
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Re: How to make Writer the default OO application that opens

Postby PPLIFE » Thu May 30, 2019 2:59 am

robleyd wrote:Most likely when you installed AOO it added a number of shortcuts to the individual components - Writer, Calc etc. - in addition to the shortcut that opens the application chooser you see; look for a shortcut to AOO Writer and use that instead.


On Windows (Bootcamp) it did but not on the Mac side. I only have one OpenOffice to launch.
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Re: How to make Writer the default OO application that opens

Postby robleyd » Thu May 30, 2019 3:18 am

Then perhaps you could use whatever tools OSX provides to create your own shortcut? I'm not familiar with the installation of AOO on Mac, but on other systems there is an executable swriter which will start writer.
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Re: How to make Writer the default OO application that opens

Postby MrProgrammer » Thu May 30, 2019 4:37 pm

PPLIFE wrote:I would like to know how to set up Open Office to open as a Text Document rather than having to choose from the list every time.
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Re: How to make Writer the default OO application that opens

Postby PPLIFE » Fri May 31, 2019 12:31 am

The links provided didn't help me because it seems those were mere discussion of the same problem that I had. I think there was some kind of Extension to disable that opening screen but I couldn't find it.

I went inside the OpenOffice Application and I found the swriter Unix Executable file. This is located in /Applications/OpenOffice.app/Contents/MacOS. You can double click it and open Writer directly but it opens through a Terminal. So I took robleyd's suggestion and with the assistance of Google I created a simple Application bundle for the Writer by doing the following:

Step 1: open Apple Script Editor from Spotlight search.

Step 2: write this command

to run
do shell script "/Applications/OpenOffice.app/Contents/MacOS/swriter"
end run


Step 3: Save it as an application bundle by going to File menu-Export. Choose a Name (I used 'OpenOfficeWriter') then changed the file format to Application then I saved it in the Applications folder. Save and close the Script Editor.

Now go to the Applications folder and run the Application you have saved. You can Dock it just like other applications. In reality this really opens the original OpenOffice Application, it only bypass that opening screen that I was crying about.

Interesting enough, it also opens OpenOfficeWriter in the correct size and not that wide size that I was also trying to fix earlier! Killing two birds with one stone.
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