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Regina, thank you very much. Details follow.

On 5/22/2012 9:12 AM, Regina Henschel wrote:
Hi Dennis,

Dennis E. Hamilton schrieb:

I see.  It happens that Windows XP will not let you assign a
different program of the same name to be associated with the same
file extension via Open With ... .

I have both LibreOffice Writer and OpenOffice Writer in the Open With... list. Why do you think, that it is not possible?
My 'open with' only shows OO now that I've done the upgrade -- it was not true before. So I do the 'choose program', it gives me a list of some suggested ones, and in the list of not-so-suggested one, LO is not there. So I browse and get programs/LO3.4/swriter.exe, choose OK and it still is not added to my list of choices. I'm assuming the program name is the same under OO and though the path gives it's full uniqueness in naming, that doesn't it.

You can do even more. WinXP gives you an UI to add an item to the context menu. So you can add a 'Open with AOO' and 'Open with LO'. Click on "Extras" > "Folder Options" in the menu bar of the Windows Explorer. Click on tab "File types". Goto odt (for example) in the file list and click on it. Now in the lower part some buttons are enabled. Click on "Extended". That's the lowest one.
Same results as before.

You get a dialog page to create and alter context menu items. Click on "New". In the upper field type the text do you want to see in the context menu. In the lower field type the path to the application, for example to swriter.exe from LO (or search with the button). Quote the path inclusive filename, because it likely has spaces. After the path enter the parameter -o "%1". Click OK. The parameter -o stand for "open", but you can use the other parameters mentioned in the help as well.
At your suggestion, I went to the individual 'calls' within ODT and changed each call from
    (mumble)Open Office(mumble)
    (same mumble)LibreOffice(mumble)
and my day is saved, I now can double-click my files and they open.

But I shouldn't have to do this.
I believe Open Office, via (the evil empire of) Oracle is doing things nefarious. Thanks to you I can recover, I'll now move on and let others address this at a higher level if they so desire.

I have a German WinXP and therefore my translations might not give the exact terms you see in your English XP, but I hope you find the places.

Kind regards
Regina, kind regards back at'cha <.grin>


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