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Making Libre Office my default for Word & Excel documents

I use an iMac on which Open Office is currently the default application.  I
want to change Libre Office to the default whilst keeping Open Office as an
application.  Is that possible?



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On 2/13/20 7:28 AM, Alwyn wrote:
> I use an iMac on which Open Office is currently the default application.  I
> want to change Libre Office to the default whilst keeping Open Office as an
> application.  Is that possible?

Mac Mojave:

System Preferences>Default Apps> Extensions  Select the correct file
extension, select Libre Office in the dropdown list.

My install did not have ods for Calc, so I typed it in the box below the
extensions list, clicked on the plus sign, and selected Libre Office.


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Thanks for that although the route must have changed with Catalina.  I used
Finder/Help/entered default, and was directed to 'Choose an app to open a
file on Mac'.  Under "Permanently change the app used to open a file"
process is:

1. On your Mac, click the Finder icon  in the Dock to open a Finder window.

2. Select the file, then choose File > Get Info.

    You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.

3. In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with”.

4. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.

I chose Libre Office for a .odt file and likewise for a .ods and the sam
with .doc, .docx,. xls and .xlsx



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On 2/27/20 7:29 AM, Alwyn wrote:
> Thanks for that although the route must have changed with Catalina.  

I don't use Catalina as I have some 32 bit software that I use.

But I do have a bootable Catalina drive that I just booted into.

It looks like Apple has removed that feature from System Preferences.
Unless they've moved it somewhere else, but I didn't find anything with
a quick web search.

Meaning, Apple has removed the more efficient way of setting file
associations.  :-(

I do part time computer tutoring, as I'm retired.  So I've been spending
a lot of time learning Windows 10.  It seems both Apple and Microsoft is
removing things you can adjust from the GUI that makes the systems
easier for an individual user.

That being said, I don't know what is possible via Terminal or Command
Line/Powershell.

> I used
> Finder/Help/entered default, and was directed to 'Choose an app to open a
> file on Mac'.  Under "Permanently change the app used to open a file"
> process is:
>
> 1. On your Mac, click the Finder icon  in the Dock to open a Finder window.
>
> 2. Select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
>
>      You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.
>
> 3. In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with”.
>
> 4. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.
>
> I chose Libre Office for a .odt file and likewise for a .ods and the sam
> with .doc, .docx,. xls and .xlsx

This way of setting the default program goes all the way back to 10.5,
Leopard, in 2009.  Possibly further back, as 2009 was when I bought my
first Mac.

Did you remember to click the Change All button so all .odt files open
with LO, and not just the one file?


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Re: Making Libre Office my default for Word & Excel documents

Ken,

I have Catalina (10.15.3) running and with me it’s working exactly as described.

Success,
Rob.

> Op 27 feb. 2020, om 17:08 heeft Ken Springer <[hidden email]> het volgende geschreven:
>
> On 2/27/20 7:29 AM, Alwyn wrote:
>> Thanks for that although the route must have changed with Catalina.  
>
> I don't use Catalina as I have some 32 bit software that I use.
>
> But I do have a bootable Catalina drive that I just booted into.
>
> It looks like Apple has removed that feature from System Preferences. Unless they've moved it somewhere else, but I didn't find anything with a quick web search.
>
> Meaning, Apple has removed the more efficient way of setting file associations.  :-(
>
> I do part time computer tutoring, as I'm retired.  So I've been spending a lot of time learning Windows 10.  It seems both Apple and Microsoft is removing things you can adjust from the GUI that makes the systems easier for an individual user.
>
> That being said, I don't know what is possible via Terminal or Command Line/Powershell.
>
>> I used
>> Finder/Help/entered default, and was directed to 'Choose an app to open a
>> file on Mac'.  Under "Permanently change the app used to open a file"
>> process is:
>> 1. On your Mac, click the Finder icon  in the Dock to open a Finder window.
>> 2. Select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
>>     You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.
>> 3. In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with”.
>> 4. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.
>> I chose Libre Office for a .odt file and likewise for a .ods and the sam
>> with .doc, .docx,. xls and .xlsx
>
> This way of setting the default program goes all the way back to 10.5, Leopard, in 2009.  Possibly further back, as 2009 was when I bought my first Mac.
>
> Did you remember to click the Change All button so all .odt files open with LO, and not just the one file?
>
>
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>     and it's gone!"
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Re: Making Libre Office my default for Word & Excel documents

HI, Rob,

Alwyn's method does work, I've used it before.

But I am correct about Apple removing things.  But wrong about when.
LOL  I just checked my Mojave boot disk, that is a fresh, ground up
install.  It does *not* have a default apps control panel.

But the Mojave install that I use on a daily basis does have a Default
Apps control panel, where I can set all those defaults at one time.  I
don't have to find a file of a particular type, then select the default
app.  Then find another file type, and set that.  And on and on.  What a
waste of my time, as I've got better things to be doing.  And what do
you do if you want to associate a filetype to Program A, and you don't
have a file of that type on your computer?

What I keep forgetting...  The Mojave installation I use on a daily
basis is not the same as an out of the box install.  It's a continuation
of in place upgrades starting with 10.6 Snow Leopard.  As a result, I
still have my Dashboard, and a Default Apps control panel.  I don't
remember ever installing a third party app, such as Tuxera, that added
the Default Apps control panel.

There are other differences.  When using Stacks, the image on the stacks
folder is, or at least was as I haven't check in a while, different than
the out of the box installation.  And in Safari, in my list of possible
search engines, I have Yandex.  Yandex was in iOS 7, but I don't know
about earlier versions of Safari, as I am a Firefox user.

There's a couple other things that I've discovered that are different,
all of which makes it less likely I'll upgrade.  If I've got features I
use that disappear in a newer version of the OS, why would I want to
upgrade?



On 2/27/20 9:18 AM, Rob wrote:

> Ken,
>
> I have Catalina (10.15.3) running and with me it’s working exactly as described.
>
> Success,
> Rob.
>
>> Op 27 feb. 2020, om 17:08 heeft Ken Springer <[hidden email]> het volgende geschreven:
>>
>> On 2/27/20 7:29 AM, Alwyn wrote:
>>> Thanks for that although the route must have changed with Catalina.
>>
>> I don't use Catalina as I have some 32 bit software that I use.
>>
>> But I do have a bootable Catalina drive that I just booted into.
>>
>> It looks like Apple has removed that feature from System Preferences. Unless they've moved it somewhere else, but I didn't find anything with a quick web search.
>>
>> Meaning, Apple has removed the more efficient way of setting file associations.  :-(
>>
>> I do part time computer tutoring, as I'm retired.  So I've been spending a lot of time learning Windows 10.  It seems both Apple and Microsoft is removing things you can adjust from the GUI that makes the systems easier for an individual user.
>>
>> That being said, I don't know what is possible via Terminal or Command Line/Powershell.
>>
>>> I used
>>> Finder/Help/entered default, and was directed to 'Choose an app to open a
>>> file on Mac'.  Under "Permanently change the app used to open a file"
>>> process is:
>>> 1. On your Mac, click the Finder icon  in the Dock to open a Finder window.
>>> 2. Select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
>>>      You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.
>>> 3. In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with”.
>>> 4. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.
>>> I chose Libre Office for a .odt file and likewise for a .ods and the sam
>>> with .doc, .docx,. xls and .xlsx
>>
>> This way of setting the default program goes all the way back to 10.5, Leopard, in 2009.  Possibly further back, as 2009 was when I bought my first Mac.
>>
>> Did you remember to click the Change All button so all .odt files open with LO, and not just the one file?
>>
>>
>> --
>> Ken
>> MacOS 10.14.6
>> Firefox 70.0.1
>> Thunderbird 60.8
>> "My brain is like lightning, a quick flash
>>      and it's gone!"
>>
>>
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