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Hi :)
Sometime during install it should ask if you want the new version to be the default app for MS 
formats.  Unfortunately i don't think it asks about ODF formats.  

There is a page in the wiki about "Installing on Linux" that might help to remove all versions and 
then reinstall the newer ones from the downloads you kept.  (You did keep the didn't you?).  I 
guess you can always re-download if you have to, or encourage a buddy too and then copy there's "to 
check them".  

On Debian-family, incls Ubuntu you can remove all versions of LibreOffice with a command something 

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*

but please try 

apt-get --help

(with a space just before the --) to check that is not the one tht removes all your configurations 
too.  There is one apt-get 'tag' to remove all setting, configs and everything, and a different 
'tag' to just remove the programs but keep the configs.  The later is usually preferable to avoid 
having to set everything up the way you like again from scratch.
Regards from 
Tom :) 

----- Original Message -----
From: M Henri Day <>
To: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Sunday, 19 May 2013, 19:56
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Attempting to upgrade from (Swedish-language)
 LO to on 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

2013/5/19 Dan Lewis <>

 On 05/19/2013 12:30 PM, M Henri Day wrote:

 2013/5/19 Tom Davies <>

  Hi :)
 On Ubuntu try right-click on any Odt file and choose 
"Properties" in the
 "Open With" tab choose the 4.0.3 and set that as the 
default app to open
 Odts with
 Regards from
 Tom :)

 ----- Original Message -----

 From: M Henri Day <>
 Sent: Sunday, 19 May 2013, 15:42
 Subject: [libreoffice-users] Attempting to upgrade from

 (Swedish-language) LO to on 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

 I'm a tad confused by the following situation : when LO was
 released, I thought to upgrade by clicking on the Help tab in 
 and choosing «Check for updates» in the menu that then appears. 
To my
 disappointment no such alternative appeared in the menu. 
Neither did I


 any updates from the LO PPA, neither the more general 
 nor the more specific version for updates to LO 4.0.x. OK, I 


 three packages (main package, Swedish-language langpack, plus 
the help
 package) directly from the LibreOffice website and installed 
them from


 respective DEBS folders. Doing so installed the package under
 /opt/libreoffice4.0, as distinct from usr/lib/libreoffice, on 
which the package is installed. I now have two distinct 
 installations available on my Cinnamon panel, which gives me a 
choice -
 always nice ! - but, for example, documents that I receive as
 to email messages are opened by default in LO and I 
have to jump
 through several hoops to get them to open instead in 
What I
 perhaps find oddest of all is the fact that, as noted above, no 
 option is provided under Help in, where it would be 
useful, but


 the contrary, it is provided there in, where, at least 
for the
 present, it only informs the users that no update is available. 
 going on ?...


 Thanks for your suggestion, Tom, but alas, it doesn't work, at 
least not
 my machine, as the version of Writer is not presented as an
 alternative, even if I click on «Search for other alternatives». I 
 has to do with the folders being stored under /opt, while the are stored under /lib, as per the above, and I could probably
 resolve the problem by moving the package to the latter 
 but frankly, I'm too chicken to try....  ;-)


       The problem you are having is that is the LibreOffice 
 comes with Ubuntu while comes from the website.
 For many years the 2 version have not been compatible as far as the menu is
 concern. The Ubuntu version has to be remove before libreoffice.orgversion 
will appear in the menu after installing the desktop file.
      I have a file that explains step by step how to do this. I'm not 
 what the date when that file was created, but it applied to the installing
 of OOo 2.3.0 RC3. (That would be OOo the way LO numbers its version
 now.) That was a few years ago.


Thanks for your response, Dan ! As a matter of fact, I have managed to put
the build on my menu by right-clicking it, selecting «Edit menu»,
choosing «Office» and then adding the LO components to the menu one at a
time, taking care to provide the correct commands, for example, in the case
of Writer, «/opt/libreoffice4.0/program/swriter». I then closed the editor,
opened the Menu and right-clicked the individual components to place them
om my Cinnamon top panel. No problem - but a bit of pain. But as Synaptic
insists on telling me that the latest Ubuntu version remains
1:4.0.2~rc2-0ubuntu~precise1, perhaps I'll just have to accept the fact
that the PPA-makers simply have not yet gotten 'round to producing a version for that distro. Perhaps in a couple of weeks ?...


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