- Are OpenOffice.org binaries legal for commercial or business use?
- Are open office versions backward compatible?
- Can I change the measurement units from centimeters to inches?
- Does OpenOffice.org come with the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook?
- How can I add fonts to OpenOffice?
- How can I contact OpenOffice.org?
- How can I get an editable document from a read only document?
- How do I change the program that opens a file that I double-click in Windows Explorer?
- How do I disable the OpenOffice.org splash screen?
- How do I fix the internal error, Get Storage: No Content?
- How do I open Microsoft Office 2007 files?
- How to know if a user is subscribed to a mailing list
- How to stop OOo trying to recover files when starting?
- I downloaded an OpenOffice.org file, but when I try to open it, I'm prompted to select a filter. How do I open this file?
- I just installed OOo, now I can't open DOC files with Word anymore! What happened?
- I need to see more than the default 4 items on the list of recently opened files. How do I achieve this?
- Is OpenOffice.org compatible with MS Office and StarOffice file formats?
- Is OpenOffice.org legal for commercial use?
- Is there OpenOffice documentation for users in .pdf format?
- Is there a way to print a batch of files without opening each of them in OOo?
- Spellchecker Shows all Word Misspelled
- The icons on the "command and functions" bar are not being displayed properly. How can I resolve this problem?
- What are the differences between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org?
- What are the system requirements for running OpenOffice.org?
- What is the User Profile?
- What is the difference between Add-Ons, Add-Ins, and Plugins with respect to OpenOffice.org?
- Where can I find patches for OpenOffice.org?
- Which platforms are supported by the OpenOffice.org suite?
- 1 Where can I find patches for OpenOffice.org?
- 2 Is there OpenOffice documentation for users in .pdf format?
- 3 How can I contact OpenOffice.org?
- 4 Why on my Windows 9x/Me system do I have a lot of General Protection Fault crashes while I'm using OpenOffice.org applications?
- 5 Is OpenOffice.org compatible with MS Office and StarOffice file formats?
- 6 I downloaded an OpenOffice.org file, but when I try to open it, I'm prompted to select a filter. How do I open this file?
- 7 I have a problem with the icons on the "command and functions" bar being displayed incorrectly. I see some doodles instead of the icons. How can I resolve this problem?
- 8 Why doesn't the help system work properly in the OpenOffice.org Suite?
- 9 I just installed OOo, now I can't open DOC files with Word anymore! What happened?
- 10 The list of recently opened files is too short. I need to see more than the default 4 items on this list. How do I achieve this?
- 11 What is the difference between Add-Ons, Add-Ins, and Plugins with respect to OpenOffice.org?
- 12 How do I fix the internal error, Get Storage: No Content?
- 13 Is there a way to print a batch of files without opening each of them in OOo?
- 14 Does OpenOffice.org come with the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook?
- 15 How do I disable the OpenOffice.org splash screen?
- 16 How can I get an editable document from a read only document?
- 17 How do I open Microsoft Office 2007 files?
Where can I find patches for OpenOffice.org?
OpenOffice.org is still an **in progress** project. Updated version are very common. You can find new versions, updates, and patches in the download section of the OpenOffice.org web site at the Download Central web page.
This page can also be accessed via the Download tab at the top of most pages on the OpenOffice.org web site.
Is there OpenOffice documentation for users in .pdf format?
Yes. You can find various PDF format files in the Manuals section of the documentation project.
How can I contact OpenOffice.org?
If you are an end-user and seek further support for the OpenOffice.org suite, these FAQs may be one of the simplest forms of self-help you can find. If you need more detailed information try the OpenOffice.org Support page to find a list of other helpful resources.
If you are a developer or engineer, please check the Issue Tracker section of OpenOffice.org web site to see the work in process, or visit OpenOffice.org for Developers to find more developer related resources.
There are also many mailing lists at the OpenOffice.org site related to different subjects that can be useful to both users and developers. Check the General & Project Mailing Lists page for a mail list that best matches the subject you wish to discuss. With mailing lists, you can ask questions of users and developers who may have encountered your exact problem.
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Why on my Windows 9x/Me system do I have a lot of General Protection Fault crashes while I'm using OpenOffice.org applications?
Well, GPF crashes are very common on Windows system and, of course, not all are caused by OpenOffice.org applications! However, even OOo might trip over what Microsoft calls a General Protection Fault.
OpenOffice.org is an integrated Open Source Software suite of applications based on the computer code released to the Open Source community by Sun Microsystems; a similar version is also sold separately by Sun(R) as StarOffice(R). Some features of StarOffice(R) are still held under Sun's copyright. The checkspell and the help system are examples and OOo versions continuously progress.
Due to the nature of Open Source Software development, sometimes features of the OOo suite may simply not work, not work as expected, or suffer an unsightly GPF termination. The OpenOffice.org developers' community is certainly working very hard to improve the software! Much has been done, but much more remains to be done. You, as a user, can give your help by using the Issue Tracker section of the OpenOffice.org web site.
If you are convinced that you have found a reproducible **bug** (not a one-time-only crash) in an OOo application, report it in the Issue Tracker. As a community, OpenOffice.org is striving to find and fix all issues, and
your help is appreciated.
At the OOoAuthors.org FAQ collaboration, Rob Winchester added the following tips to help stabilize your Windows OS, which may help to minimize General Protection Faults on your system.
First it is very important to apply the OS updates, even though they are from Microsoft. There are some flaws in some important MS library files that have, in fact, been fixed, but you must update your computer. After you perform the update(s) and reboot(s), you need to search for and rename a .dll file in other applications folders. This file is named MSVCRT.DLL. It should only be in a windows (or winnt) sub folder (subdir). Using search, ignore what you find under c:\windows (or c:\winnt). Rename MSVCRT.DLL to old-msvcrtdll.old (or something you can remember). Do not attempt this until you have installed all the microsoft updates completely.
To get the upgrades:
- Open Internet Explorer (yes, IE - not Netscape or any other.)
- Go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com. You may have to let MS install a small program to search for what you need - and this might require restarting IE (or maybe rebooting).
- Check off everything it will let you (some are only able to be done one at a time), then download.
- Repeat (yes, go back and see if any more files (optional or critical) are there. This is a big pain over a dialup line.
Note that this will help everything run better. It's especially important for Win9x users, due to its instability.
You also NEED to empty your temp files folder regulary (and manually). Under 9x it's usually C:\windows\temp. Close all programs. Open this folder. Edit->Select All. Hit delete. Then Yes and maybe Yes to all later. You want to empty this folder completely. Then empty the recycle bin. Make a routine of emptying the temp folder - MS Office is especially bad at leaving files in this folder and many, many help desk calls are related to this issue.
Is OpenOffice.org compatible with MS Office and StarOffice file formats?
Yes, OpenOffice.org applications can open and save documents in MS Office (from version 6.0 onwards) and StarOffice file formats. OpenOffice.org has its own file format (XML), but you can convert your StarOffice documents and templates into OOo formats using the AutoPilot Documents Converter. Nevertheless, the compatibility is not total. There are Microsoft Office features, such as the old equation fields (not to be confused with the equation objects), which are not read at all by OpenOffice.org.
I downloaded an OpenOffice.org file, but when I try to open it, I'm prompted to select a filter. How do I open this file?
This file may be compressed. Uncompress the file (with a program such as WinZip, Pkzip or other) or untar it using the tar command (on Linux systems) and re-try.
I have a problem with the icons on the "command and functions" bar being displayed incorrectly. I see some doodles instead of the icons. How can I resolve this problem?
The problem may have two origins:
- If the icons that are not displayed correctly are always the same ones, the image files were corrupted during installation (or subsequently during your daily work). We suggest that:
- You use the special function in the OpenOffice.org Setup program, which you can find in the group 'OpenOffice.org' in the Windows Start menu (or use the setup script in the installation directory of OpenOffice.org if you are using the Linux version of the Suite).
- A more drastic solution is to de-install the Suite and then to re-install it, remembering to save in another location your personal data that could be lost by doing such a re-install. We advise this only as a last resort.
- If the defective icons vary from work session to work session, or if they return (correctly displayed) when you pass the mouse pointer over the image - and if such defects are also visible inside documents (especially drawing ones) - it may be due to your graphic card (driver). In this case:
- First, press the following combination of keys inside your OOo application:'CTRL+Shift+R'. The screen will be redrawn and the less critical problems should be resolved.
- If the previous step doesn't work for you, try changing the options for your graphical resolution or colour depth.
- Use OpenGL off under Tools->Options->General->Other. Cards with known problems: ATI, Matrox, S3 Virge... Explanation: assume you have in a graphic standard spectrum of 150 features. Most of the cards support the top 10. Unfortunately, OpenOffice.org sometimes needs the support of the 142nd one...
If the problem remains, the last solution that we can recommend is to look for an update of the driver for your graphics card.
Why doesn't the help system work properly in the OpenOffice.org Suite?
I just installed OOo, now I can't open DOC files with Word anymore! What happened?
When you install Open Office.org, it asks you whether you want to associate MS Office files with OpenOffice.org. In order to not associate these MS Office file types, you must uncheck the appropriate boxes before continuing.
Once this association has been made, though, there are several ways to fix the association issue.
- Go into your file types setting (It should be under either tools or folder options) from one of the windows in My Computer. Then delete the association for .doc, .xls, and any other file types that you do not want associated to the OpenOffice.org program.
- When you next click on a file of that type (such as .doc or .xls), it will ask you what you want to use to open it. Click on Word, Excel, or whatever program you want to use. You will also be given the option to select always use this application to open the file type.
The list of recently opened files is too short. I need to see more than the default 4 items on this list. How do I achieve this?
The easiest way to increase the size of this list is to use a macro. For example, Recent Files List Changer Macro If using a macro is inconvient or you simply want to dig into OpenOffice.org, here's how:
- You need to edit one of the configuration files. Before you do that, close all OOo windows, and also make sure that the Quickstarter is closed, too.
- Now, on your computer, search for the file "...\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\Common.xcu." If you find more than one file named "Common.xcu", make sure it's in the path specified here.
- In this file, look for the line:
- Now, directly after this line, add the following lines:
<prop oor:name="PickListSize" oor:type="xs:int"> <value>10</value> </prop>
Once you've opened and closed the next file in OOo, the list of recently opened files will have grown by one line. Its maximum number of items will be the value you've specified; in the above example that's 10.
What is the difference between Add-Ons, Add-Ins, and Plugins with respect to OpenOffice.org?
- Add-Ons are components that integrate into the OOo GUI.
- Add-Ins are components that provide Calc formulas.
- Plugins are what you know from your browser.
How do I fix the internal error, Get Storage: No Content?
OpenOffice.org fails to start, and the following error message appears:
OpenOffice can not be started due to an error in accessing the OpenOffice.org configuration data.
Please contact your system administrator.
The following internal error has occurred: Get Storage: "No Content".
The message often occurs because a file named Common.xcu becomes corrupted. In most cases, this file becomes filled with 0s. The problem seems to occur most often in Windows, possibly as a result of a crash or an improper exit while OpenOffice.org was open.
It is easiest to use the Find function (sometimes called Search) in the Windows Explorer to locate this file in Windows.
Where OpenOffice.org is installed as multi-user under Windows NT/W2k/XP, this file is likely to be in a special system user directory. Therefore, one must have administrator rights and enable the option to view system directories in Explorer before using the Find function. This particular file should be found in the following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\OpenOffice.org<release>\<user>\registry\data\org\openoffice\Office\Common.xcu
where user is an actual user name.
Once the file is located, simply rename the file (for example, to something like Common.xcu.old) and restart OpenOffice.org. A new Common.xcu file is created, and the problem should disappear. 'Single-user installations:'
Where OpenOffice.org is installed for a single user, this file is likely to be in the following path:
If the OS is NT/W2k/XP, this file may be in a special system user directory, so use administrator rights and enable the option to view system directories in Explorer before using the Find function. In Windows 95/98/ME, the location will likely be in the suggested path. Again, once the file is located, simply rename the file (for example, to something like Common.xcu.old) and restart OpenOffice.org. A new Common.xcu file will be created and the problem should disappear.
Note: There may be shared files called Common.xcu under paths, such as the following:
Do NOT delete these shared files!
The default location for this file under a UNIX installation (single or multi-user) is the following path:
where $HOME is the user's home directory. As above, simply rename the file (for example, to something like Common.xcu.old) and restart OpenOffice.org. A new Common.xcu file will be created and the problem should disappear.
Where <release> is the release number of the OpenOffice.org you have installed and <user> is the user namme of the particular user installation.
Is there a way to print a batch of files without opening each of them in OOo?
You can print a batch of files by printing from the command line. I have tested this in Ubuntu Linux but it should work in any Linux or Windows.
openoffice -pt "PRINTER-NAME" FILENAME
where: PRINTER-NAME is the name of your printer as shown in the "File|Print" menu. FILENAME is the name of the file you wish to print
e.g. To print the spreadsheet 'accounts.ods' openoffice -pt "PSC-2350" accounts.ods
You can print a batch of files by using a wildcard in the filename.
e.g. To print all the spreadsheets in the current directory: openoffice -pt "PSC-2350" *.ods
Does OpenOffice.org come with the equivalent of Microsoft Outlook?
No, it does not.
With OOo there is the ability to link various emails programs with OOo (even Outlook & Outlook Express).
Due to recent security concerns with Outlook and Outlook Express it would be better to utilise another email program. There are many to choose from and are dependant on the PC platform you are using.
Also for calendering (PIM) various other programs are available.
How do I disable the OpenOffice.org splash screen?
Go to the OpenOffice folder, then open the folder 'program', find the soffice.ini and edit the line Logo=1 to Logo=0
How can I get an editable document from a read only document?
If you press the "Edit File" button in the toolbar while a read-only file is open, you'll get an untitled copy of the file to work with. When you try to save the document you will be prompted for a file name.
How do I open Microsoft Office 2007 files?
The files produced by Microsoft Office 2007 are also called Office Open XML, OpenXML, OOXML, Office 12, .docx, .docm, .xlsx, etc. (full list). The current, mainstream version of OpenOffice.org 2.x does not open these files. You have several options:
- Wait for OpenOffice.org version 3.0 due around September 2008. Shortly before the official release, a developer's snapshot will be available.
- Use an OpenOffice.org variant which already includes a limited implementation of the xmlfilter code: OxygenOffice Professional (review), Your OpenOffice.org (go-ooo.org)
- Use OdfConverter integrated with NeoOffice, Novell OpenOffice.org, or Ubuntu OpenOffice.org
- Use OdfConverter via the command line (good for automated conversions) in Windows or Linux.
- Use Zamzar.com (review) which converts documents online.
- Use the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats even if you do not have any Microsoft Office.
- Use Docx2rtf (Review).
- Use Office 2007 to convert the document.
- Ask whoever sent you the document to use a different format.
- As a last resort you can rename a copy of the file to .ZIP filetype, and access the content that way. This is of limited use for Powerpoint & Excel files, and works best for Word documents, where the main content is in 'document.xml'.
To view the file correctly, you may also need the new Office 2007 fonts.