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Hi :)
Very few people know to right-click on a file and use something like "Open With ..." or to open a 
program from the menus and then drag a document onto it.  Just because you are an extremely 
sophisticated user doesn't mean everyone knows the stuff you consider simple.  

Just today one of my more sophisticated and computer-savvy colleagues wanted me to uninstall Foxit 
and reinstall Adobe Reader because he thought that if he sent pdfs to other people then when they 
opened it on their machines it would open in Foxit (even if they didn't have Foxit installed!).  He 
was worried that might confuse them because he has never heard of Foxit before! [deep sigh]

Btw is there a nice OpenSource pdf reader rather than a Freeware one on Windows?  Hmmm, guess i wil 
gooogle it later.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Fri, 20/4/12, Andreas Säger <> wrote:

From: Andreas Säger <>
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Open Office and Libre Office Questions...
Date: Friday, 20 April, 2012, 11:04

Am 19.04.2012 14:34, R.S. wrote:
Hi, although it colud be possible, the installation program registers on
the registry the same associations.

So what? There can be many programs to open a certain type of files. But only one program that 
loads a given file on a double-click.
On my Linux laptop I have 5 different viewers and editors for the same types of picture files. I 
don't know the amount of multi-media players on my system. Not all of them appear in the main menu.

I have OOo 1.1.5, 3.3, 3.4, LibO 3.3.4 and 3.5.2 on the same machine. That is 5 versions of the 
same office suite. I removed OOo 2.4.3 by mistake recently.
Of course, only one particular version will be used when I double-click some ODF document. A 
double-click on a Microsoft file opens in AbiWord or Gnumeric respectively. I am the one who 
controls all these most trivial settings and I know many ways to load some file into a particular 
The foremost purpose of any desktop environment is free choice between all the installed 
applications. Someone who is unable to load the same file into another application is definitively 
computer illiterate and should do something against it.

If you have encountered crashes with
Libreoffice try using version 3.4.6.
I prefer using Libreoffice because it is more efficient and it has a lot
of functions that are not included in OpenOffice.

Try another user profile and install properly[*]. Contrary to re-install and version hopping, 
resetting the profile really helps in many cases.

[*] A proper installation includes an md5sum check of the downloaded file before installation. On a 
Windows box one should cut off the internet connection and disable the virus scanner during the 
install process. Disable any update notification and the nasty quick-starter.

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