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Did you know all of these ways to start Choose the method that is most convenient for you.

Windows or Linux

  • Right click the Quickstarter icon in the system tray (next to the clock). The Quickstarter is available on Windows and certain non-vanilla editions for Linux. On Windows, the Quickstarter does not start until you run and complete the new user registration wizard; this must be done once for each Windows user and each version. Quickstarter on Windows XP
    The Quickstarter is enabled by default. To enable the Quickstarter, open, click on Tools, click on Options, click on Memory, and click Enable systray quickstarter.
  • Double click an existing document. documents shown in Windows XP My Documents folder
  • Right click on an existing document. Then, choose Open With. Then, choose


  • Click Start, then click All Programs, and then click in the Windows XP start menu
  • By default, does not create Quick Launch icons on the toolbar, but it's easy to make your own:
    1. Make sure the Quick Launch area is shown in the taskbar.
      1. Right click on the Windows taskbar in a blank space.
      2. Click Toolbars.
      3. Click Quick Launch.
    2. Click Start, All Programs,
    3. Drag an icon and drop it in the Quick Launch area.
    4. If there is not enough space, the new icon may be hidden, but you will see an arrow. If necessary, resize the Quick Launch area. If you cannot resize the area, right click on a blank space and choose Lock the Taskbar*. in the Quick Launch of the Windows XP Taskbar
  • Drag a document onto to application desktop icon.


  • Linux has a menu similar to Windows above, but it varies between Linux distributions and window managers (GNOME, KDE, etc). Usually the start menu is in the top-left or top-right-hand corner of the screen. It may be called the Applications menu. Click on it, then Office, then
     Starting 2.4 from Fedora 7 GNOME's Applications menu
  • Here are three ways to copy the item from the start menu.
    • In GNOME, right click on the menu. Then, choose Add this launcher to desktop or Add this launcher to panel.
    • In KDE, right click the menu item. Then, choose Add Item to Desktop or Add Item to Main Panel.
    • In KDE, drag the menu to the desktop.
  • Many Linux distributions will by default create an launcher on your main panel. Click the launcher.

How not to start

After installing on Windows, you will have two icons on the desktop that are generally safe to delete. One is the installer .exe and the other is a folder full of installation files. The file names will differ slightly according to the version you installed, but icons remain the same.

Two installation-related icons that can be deleted

How to check whether is installed

FIXME this is a stub

  • Does the executable exist on the hard drive?
  • Windows: Is listed in the Control Panel under Add/Remove Programs?
  • Linux: Check your package manager
    • rpm -qa | grep -i openoffice
    • dpkg –get-selections | grep -i openoffice


Are you having trouble starting See Troubleshooting: Won't Start. · Last modified: 2008/06/10 20:52 by andrewz