Issue 18365 - Opening non-default filetypes
Summary: Opening non-default filetypes
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 23078
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 RC3
Hardware: PC Windows 98
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: bettina.haberer
QA Contact: issues@framework
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Reported: 2003-08-18 19:04 UTC by smerkley
Modified: 2008-11-05 20:25 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description smerkley 2003-08-18 19:04:15 UTC
I would like a way of easily opening files in any OOo format that I like
regardless of the file extension, obviously some file won't open in some
programs, but the ones that can ought to be simple to open.
   I suggest that when opening a file OOo would do as it does now where it opens
files in the default program for that file type, then if you want to open say a
text file in spreadsheet, instead of finding the TXT CSV under the spreadsheet
area, simply allow the user to choose what extension to look for, just have a
nice clean list of all the standard file types OOo supports, as wells as
allowing the user to type in a custom one in order to find it easier, then have
a separate pull down tab, or something, that allows you to choose the program to
open the file with, if you don't choose anything it would revert to it's
default.  This would allow a user to have a funny extension on say a txt file
and yet still be able to open it if they know the correct program to use.  If
they select a program that simply cannot open the specified file give them an
error. Or even if it brings up garbled stuff it's not that big a deal to my
   This is just one idea of how to make that interface a little easier to use,
it just seems a little cryptic to me as well as limiting in the things you can do.
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2003-08-20 09:43:30 UTC
TM->BH: Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 2 ace_dent 2008-05-16 02:12:27 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

The Issue you raised is currently 'Unconfirmed' pending review, but has not been
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Comment 3 smerkley 2008-10-30 20:05:03 UTC
Issue 23078 isn't quite the same but it deals with the same problem.  At any
rate there are work arounds that have either been added since I posted this
issue or perhaps I've just gotten better at working with OOo.  I can now open a
.xyz text file in calc without too much difficulty.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 23078 ***
Comment 4 Mechtilde 2008-11-05 20:25:03 UTC
close the duplicate