Windows 10: Set default app as OpenOffice Writer - cannot set in Windows 10

  1.    22 Mar 2018 #1

    Set default app as OpenOffice Writer - cannot set in Windows 10


    When I try to set a default app I have three options in Settings>dafault apps for doc and docx: two are for versions of Microsoft Word and one for the App Store. I have downloaded OpenOffice 4.1.5 and want to use OpenOffice Writer instead of Microsoft Word for all documents with the extensions odt, doc, and docx. But I cannot see how to set the default. OpenOffice is not in the app store and has already been downloaded. In the past I could readily set default apps with the right-click, but I cannot any longer.
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  2.    22 Mar 2018 #2

    Hi, type this into file explorer's address bar or a Run box- you should see the old Control Panel way of setting defaults. That should allow you to set the default for each file type - and so to Open Office.

    C:\Windows\System32\control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageFileAssoc

    If Open Office does not register itself as being capable of handling these associations then you won't see an option for it in the Open With dialogue. Similarly, if it did not, then you would not have got a prompt asking you to confirm what you wanted to open one of those file types with if you double clicked them.

    Open Office is an installable (exe) program as far as I know- so won't be in the Store.

    Note:
    Why you should ditch OpenOffice and use the free LibreOffice suite | PCWorld
    Last edited by dalchina; 4 Weeks Ago at 12:41.
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3

    It looks like OpenOffice 4.1.5 doesn't really understand Windows 10. For example, even though set as the default for documents, this is what shows up:

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    By comparison, LibreOffice has been compatible with Windows 10 since version 5. For example, this shows LibreOffice 6.0.2:

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    IMO LibreOffice may be a better good choice than OpenOffice because development of OpenOffice has slowed, almost halted, since LibreOffice was forked and most developers jumped ship. (See this article if you want more background info about the split.)

    This is particularly important if you need interoperability with MS Office file formats.

    If you compare the releases since 2015 it appears OpenOffice is still on version 4.1 and has released just 3 bugfix releases in 3 years whilst LibreOffice has released 2 additional major version increments and dozens of bugfix releases for each version:

    OpenOffice 4.1.2 released October 2015
    OpenOffice 4.1.3 released 28-Oct-2015
    OpenOffice 4.1.4 released 28-Nov-2016
    OpenOffice 4.1.5 released 19-Oct-2017

    LibreOffice 4.4.0.2 released on 10-Jan-2015 21:38
    LibreOffice 4.4.0.3 released on 30-Jan-2015 10:19
    LibreOffice 4.4.1.1 released on 12-Feb-2015 13:17
    LibreOffice 4.4.1.2 released on 03-Mar-2015 10:36
    LibreOffice 4.4.2.1 released on 12-Mar-2015 15:21
    LibreOffice 4.4.2.2 released on 07-Apr-2015 17:26
    LibreOffice 4.4.3.1 released on 16-Apr-2015 11:04
    LibreOffice 4.4.3.2 released on 11-May-2015 15:52
    LibreOffice 4.4.4.1 released on 29-May-2015 04:46
    LibreOffice 4.4.4.2 released on 11-Jun-2015 11:15
    LibreOffice 4.4.4.3 released on 06-Jul-2015 15:38
    LibreOffice 4.4.5.1 released on 09-Jul-2015 13:55
    LibreOffice 4.4.5.2 released on 01-Aug-2015 14:28
    LibreOffice 4.4.6.1 released on 04-Oct-2015 14:00
    LibreOffice 4.4.6.2 released on 19-Oct-2015 12:37
    LibreOffice 4.4.6.3 released on 28-Oct-2015 15:09
    LibreOffice 4.4.7.1 released on 12-Nov-2015 13:50
    LibreOffice 4.4.7.2 released on 14-Jan-2016 20:56
    LibreOffice 5.0.0.1 released on 21-Jun-2015 08:38
    LibreOffice 5.0.0.2 released on 28-Jun-2015 09:46
    LibreOffice 5.0.0.3 released on 12-Jul-2015 21:04
    LibreOffice 5.0.0.4 released on 26-Jul-2015 20:48
    LibreOffice 5.0.0.5 released on 07-Aug-2015 12:16
    LibreOffice 5.0.1.1 released on 09-Aug-2015 20:52
    LibreOffice 5.0.1.2 released on 04-Sep-2015 18:27
    LibreOffice 5.0.2.1 released on 08-Sep-2015 13:18
    LibreOffice 5.0.2.2 released on 30-Sep-2015 07:57
    LibreOffice 5.0.3.1 released on 12-Oct-2015 18:37
    LibreOffice 5.0.3.2 released on 24-Nov-2015 22:21
    LibreOffice 5.0.4.1 released on 02-Dec-2015 18:42
    LibreOffice 5.0.4.2 released on 14-Jan-2016 20:57
    LibreOffice 5.0.5.1 released on 20-Jan-2016 20:59
    LibreOffice 5.0.5.2 released on 19-Feb-2016 10:37
    LibreOffice 5.0.6.1 released on 14-Apr-2016 12:31
    LibreOffice 5.0.6.2 released on 28-Apr-2016 12:27
    LibreOffice 5.0.6.3 released on 19-May-2016 15:17
    LibreOffice 5.1.0.1 released on 17-Dec-2015 11:57
    LibreOffice 5.1.0.2 released on 14-Jan-2016 20:48
    LibreOffice 5.1.0.3 released on 12-Feb-2016 00:19
    LibreOffice 5.1.1.1 released on 12-Feb-2016 00:22
    LibreOffice 5.1.1.3 released on 10-Mar-2016 10:32
    LibreOffice 5.1.2.1 released on 21-Mar-2016 18:27
    LibreOffice 5.1.2.2 released on 01-Apr-2016 10:31
    LibreOffice 5.1.3.1 released on 21-Apr-2016 06:54
    LibreOffice 5.1.3.2 released on 19-May-2016 15:20
    LibreOffice 5.1.4.1 released on 02-Jun-2016 16:18
    LibreOffice 5.1.4.2 released on 24-Jun-2016 11:24
    LibreOffice 5.1.5.1 released on 14-Jul-2016 13:33
    LibreOffice 5.1.5.2 released on 12-Aug-2016 18:50
    LibreOffice 5.1.6.1 released on 08-Oct-2016 07:48
    LibreOffice 5.1.6.2 released on 03-Nov-2016 10:03
    LibreOffice 5.2.0.1 released on 23-Jun-2016 01:15
    LibreOffice 5.2.0.2 released on 07-Jul-2016 18:06
    LibreOffice 5.2.0.3 released on 21-Jul-2016 11:45
    LibreOffice 5.2.0.4 released on 11-Aug-2016 09:56
    LibreOffice 5.2.1.1 released on 15-Aug-2016 19:46
    LibreOffice 5.2.1.2 released on 08-Sep-2016 13:14
    LibreOffice 5.2.2.1 released on 11-Sep-2016 13:20
    LibreOffice 5.2.2.2 released on 31-Oct-2016 12:04
    LibreOffice 5.2.3.1 released on 14-Oct-2016 11:48
    LibreOffice 5.2.3.2 released on 27-Oct-2016 08:48
    LibreOffice 5.2.3.3 released on 03-Nov-2016 13:21
    LibreOffice 5.2.4.1 released on 01-Dec-2016 11:12
    LibreOffice 5.2.4.2 released on 19-Jan-2017 12:58
    LibreOffice 5.2.5.1 released on 27-Jan-2017 13:31
    LibreOffice 5.2.6.1 released on 23-Feb-2017 10:25
    LibreOffice 5.2.6.2 released on 24-Mar-2017 11:40
    LibreOffice 5.2.7.1 released on 20-Apr-2017 16:33
    LibreOffice 5.2.7.2 released on 25-May-2017 18:47
    LibreOffice 5.3.0.1 released on 05-Jan-2017 19:04
    LibreOffice 5.3.0.2 released on 19-Jan-2017 12:33
    LibreOffice 5.3.0.3 released on 02-Feb-2017 13:42
    LibreOffice 5.3.1.1 released on 23-Feb-2017 10:32
    LibreOffice 5.3.1.2 released on 24-Mar-2017 12:31
    LibreOffice 5.3.2.1 released on 29-Mar-2017 10:25
    LibreOffice 5.3.2.2 released on 22-Apr-2017 16:18
    LibreOffice 5.3.3.1 released on 24-Apr-2017 22:50
    LibreOffice 5.3.3.2 released on 19-May-2017 18:05
    LibreOffice 5.3.4.1 released on 05-Jun-2017 12:27
    LibreOffice 5.3.4.2 released on 06-Jul-2017 13:27
    LibreOffice 5.3.5.1 released on 18-Jul-2017 12:37
    LibreOffice 5.3.5.2 released on 31-Jul-2017 22:25
    LibreOffice 5.3.6.1 released on 19-Sep-2017 15:16
    LibreOffice 5.3.7.1 released on 07-Oct-2017 06:07
    LibreOffice 5.3.7.2 released on 29-Nov-2017 15:23
    LibreOffice 5.4.0.1 released on 26-Jun-2017 10:14
    LibreOffice 5.4.0.2 released on 13-Jul-2017 13:55
    LibreOffice 5.4.0.3 released on 24-Jul-2017 16:55
    LibreOffice 5.4.1.1 released on 17-Aug-2017 06:20
    LibreOffice 5.4.1.2 released on 18-Sep-2017 10:55
    LibreOffice 5.4.2.1 released on 18-Sep-2017 08:57
    LibreOffice 5.4.2.2 released on 14-Oct-2017 08:22
    LibreOffice 5.4.3.1 released on 19-Oct-2017 19:06
    LibreOffice 5.4.3.2 released on 29-Nov-2017 15:23
    LibreOffice 5.4.4.1 released on 03-Dec-2017 19:38
    LibreOffice 5.4.4.2 released on 09-Jan-2018 21:15
    LibreOffice 5.4.5.1 released on 21-Feb-2018 08:49
    LibreOffice 5.4.6.1 released on 02-Mar-2018 10:26
    LibreOffice 5.4.6.2 released on 15-Mar-2018 18:27
    LibreOffice 6.0.0.1 released on 21-Dec-2017 18:35
    LibreOffice 6.0.0.2 released on 12-Jan-2018 18:31
    LibreOffice 6.0.0.3 released on 02-Feb-2018 10:46
    LibreOffice 6.0.1.1 released on 15-Feb-2018 08:50
    LibreOffice 6.0.2.1 released on 24-Feb-2018 07:27

    There's just no comparison in development and speed of response to bug fixing. For example:
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    Hope this helps...
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    I cannot open that link on my computer . It doesn't work for me.
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       4 Weeks Ago #5

    caroltraxler said: View Post
    I cannot open that link on my computer . It doesn't work for me.
    The link LibreOffice gets major update with version 5, is now Windows 10 compatible | Computerworld works fine for me. I usually go to Home | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Fun Project - Fantastic People for my downloads.
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  6.    4 Weeks Ago #6

    caroltraxler said: View Post
    I cannot open that link on my computer . It doesn't work for me.
    I've just checked all four links I included and all appear fine. Which one didn't open for you and was there a message?
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #7

    ninite.com>tick Libre Office>click "get your ninite" button>run.

    Cheers
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  •    4 Weeks Ago #8

    I tried to open C:\Windows\System32\control.exe /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageFileAssoc

    I got
    Your file was not found

    It may have been moved or deleted.
    ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND
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  •    4 Weeks Ago #9

    Did you put that in a Run box? (Windows key + R). Also works in file explorer's address bar.

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