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Hi :)  
The easiest way is to just drag&drop the file onto the LibreOffice icon.  

Yes, it is best set during the install process but it is also possible many other ways.  I know of 
2 in Xp, not sure how that translates to Win8.  

1.  Rerun the installer.  It asks if you would rather "Repair" or "Modify" LibreOffice instead.  
Either of those options soon gives you the screen where you set whether LibreOffice is the default 
app for read "Word", "Excel" and "Powerpoint" (err and "Visio").  Just tick all 4 boxes and then 
"Next".  I often miss that screen so i would have to rerun the installer again (or hit the back 

2.  As Tanstaafl says but with a twist.  There is often a tick-box at the bottom of the selections 
window.  Tick it if it says something like "Always use this program to open this file-type".  It is 
a bit painful though because there are quite a few different types called "doc" and "docX" that 
would all normally open in Word and some of them are extremely rare.  Sadly until you have opened a 
lot of MS files in LibreOffice this method wont work even without the twist because Windows tries 
to hide the fact that LibreOffice is installed.  

3.  Open a folder, any folder, at the top of the window choose the "Tools" menu, choose the "Folder 
Options" and in the pop-up click on the "File Types".  Wait half an hour for it to list all the 
'different' types and then click on the grey header at the top that says "File Types" (top marks 
for originality  (NOT)) to sort the list into human-readable and then scroll down to all the 
appropriate types.  Again it is 1 type at a time.  Click on the type, click on the button "Change" 
and hope to see LibreOffice in there.  

The 2nd way also works on Ubuntu except that from the right-click menu you would go down to 
Properties at the bottom instead of "Open with" and then find the right tab and select the right 

As Tanstaafl says, it is best to set at install (or reinstall-modify/repair)  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Tanstaafl <>
Sent: Monday, 1 April 2013, 12:52
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] File associations for MSO to LibreOffice -- Win8

On 2013-03-31 10:48 PM, Marc Paré <> wrote:
Unfortunately, I do not have a version of Win8, and have been asked how
to set file associations for MSO files to use LibreOffice instead. The
person who asked me would rather double-click on the files she wants to
open through windows explorer.

Many thanks for the help.

If she doesn't have Office, then the best thing to do is to set the associations at install time.

Otherwise, you have to right-click > open with and select Libreoffice for each file type (tedious 
at best)...

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