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I just tested what you said.

Indeed, when the cell contents is selected (cursor before content, the move over it with 
'shift/right arrow'), the content is available when opening the dialogue both from the button 
(which I never spotted in the first place :-) and from menu insert > hyperlink (⌘K).
From the menu this is not very intuitive, I think.

When I went to the save preferences, the option for relative path was already set (apparently it is 
the default). Since it is not displayed in the dialogue this way, I just didn't think that it would 
automagically be right. Next time no assumptions, just test first!

Thank you for your clear answer,


On 18 aug. 2015, at 21:58, Brian Barker wrote:

At 20:57 18/08/2015 +0200, Rob Jasper wrote:
I inserted a link to another pdf file. That works, if I click the link the other file is opened. 
Here's the weird thing. I don't seem able to edit the text value, nor the path. If I right click 
there's not something as edit (the link). Also in the menu I can't find something like 'edit 
link'. Am I missing something?

I think you need first either to put the cursor immediately to the left of the hyperlink or to 
select the hyperlink text itself - which you cannot do simply by clicking or double-clicking, of 
course. Then you can open the Hyperlink dialogue either by clicking the Hyperlink button in the 
Standard toolbar or by going - perhaps somewhat counterintuitively - to Insert | Hyperlink. You 
may find it easier to open the Hyperlink dialogue first and then navigate to the hyperlink in the 
cell: the dialogue will populate when you reach the right point. If the cell contains only the 
hyperlink, you need only to select the cell.

If change the path to a relative path (as from the location of the calc file) I get an error 
message when clicking the link. The message says: LibreOffice could not find a web browser on 
your system. Please check your Desktop Preferences or install a web browser (for example, 
Firefox) in the default  location requested during the browser installation.

LibreOffice always display absolute paths, since this is the way it operates internally. Your 
choice to have a relative path is a matter of what is stored in the document file when it is 
saved; if you want the path to be relative, you need to make this choice at Tools | Options... | 
Load/Save | General | Save | Save URLs relative to file system. (Oh, on your Mac OS system, 
that's at LibreOffice | Preferences | Load/Save ... .) If you create the link in the normal way 
and have this setting ticked when you save the document, the link will behave as a relative link 
when the document is reopened. In other words, if the document file is moved the absolute file 
path that would then be displayed would be appropriately different.

The message about a browser implies that your hyperlink is now being treated as an internet link 
instead of a document one. This may be because you have selected Internet instead of Document in 
the Hyperlink dialogue, but perhaps you have just attempted to edit the document path 
inappropriately - losing its leading "file:///" - and confused LibreOffice.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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