Installing Extensions

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Installing Extensions

Postby gplea » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:14 pm

I just downloaded the extension upgrade for the Dictionary extension. However, when I tried to install it I couldn't find any dialogue, or any advice in the Help file. Can someone please clarify for me how to install it, after I've downloaded it?

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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby RoryOF » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:21 pm

Look in your download directory. If the file dict-en is of type .zip, rename it to .oxt. If it is already .oxt, double click on it and OpenOffice will take over and install it. The install screens are straightforward.
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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby gplea » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:23 pm

Thanks Rory.
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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby RoryOF » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:29 pm

The reason for checking if the downloaded file has a .zip extension is that Internet Explorer (used by Microsoft) often silently renames OpenOffice extensions (type .oxt) to type .zip. It is possible to install a ,zip type extension, but it is more straightforward if it has its correct filetype (.oxt). OpenOffice knows how to install those when they are double clicked.
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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby bernie4253 » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:18 pm

I seem to have a similar problem , but clicking on the dic-en-2.oxt, comes back with the message dict-en.oxt does not exist. It tries to install dic-en-2.oxt but fails and Open Office then hangs. Any suggestions?
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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby RoryOF » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:20 pm

I think I ran into this before; the solution was simple. Outside of OpenOffice, at system level, rename dic-en-2.oxt to dict-en.oxt and then double click on that.
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Re: Installing Extensions

Postby bernie4253 » Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:50 pm

Thanks for the help. If only it was that easy. I have tried the rename and now get "extension manager not responding".

Just reminds me of why I avoid upgrades like the plague.
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