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Hi :)
It's worth getting a book about Macs.  A quick google search gave me a few good looking links to 
online guidance.  

The official LibreOffice guides have a useful page early on that gives the Mac equivalents of the 
right-click and stuff
Also i think it helps to download the "Getting Started with LibreOffice" guide so that you can dip 
into it for odd bits&bobs.  It sounds like you might appreciate the Calc guide too!  

There should be a menu or a set of icons somewhere that opens individual elements of LibreOffice, 
perhaps down the side or at the top of the screen?  On Windows the equivalent is almost always on 
the bottom of the screen and a bit more basic but in other OSes they tend to be a tad more 
sophisticated.  I've not used a Mac in years but i do use Ubuntu which seems to be trying to look 
more like a Mac these days, and Ubuntu has a weird dock thing down the left hand side.  

Has anyone seen Alex lately?
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Mas <>
Sent: Friday, 14 September 2012, 11:31
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] How do I open a file with a .tsv extension as a .csv file on a 
Mac OSX (Lion?) using OpenOffice Calc.

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 6:25 AM, Richard Quadling <> wrote:


I'm new to using a Mac and some of the things I can do in Windows I'm
unable to even work out the question for on a Mac, so please bear with me.

The files are generated from an automated system, several hundred a day and
have a .tsv extension (can't change it for every file). The files are UTF-8
encoded text files with TAB separated content.

I need to be able to double click the file and have it open in Libre Office
Calc. Even if it has to ask me to choose the delimiter to process it with.

I've no idea if this is possible. On Windows, I'd associate .tsv with Excel
and all would be "just done".

I can't even find Calc for LibreOffice, only the in my
Applications directory - again, this may be me - I'm VERY VERY new to Mac
and the differences are sometimes confounding.

If I try to open Libre Office first and then open a Spreadsheet file, the
open file dialogue doesn't allow me to pick the .tsv files. They are all
greyed out.

Really stuck. Renaming the files first, editing the content as I need, and
then reversing the rename takes forever on a mac - OK I know this bit is
me, I'm so used to doing everything from the keyboard and having to
constantly go to the mouse to do things just beeps me off a bit.

If I get Finder to open .tsv files all the time, they open in the word
processor part.

Any useful suggestions would be brilliant!

Thank you.

Richard Quadling.

You can force the file to open with any application you wish on a mac.
Check out

I am unable to tell you the path to the calc executable on a mac.  maybe
someone else could assist you with that portion.

Masekela Walls
Web Security Analyst | Senior Server Administrator / Gemini ISP Networks

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