Issue 4414 - Allow for MSOffice file associations post-install
Summary: Allow for MSOffice file associations post-install
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.0
Hardware: PC All
: P3 Trivial with 10 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: rfe_eval_ok
: 51570 124340 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-05-03 06:53 UTC by Unknown
Modified: 2014-02-28 16:53 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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So problem is solved in IrfanView (78.95 KB, image/png)
2014-02-28 16:53 UTC, Rainer Bielefeld
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Description Unknown 2002-05-03 06:53:45 UTC
It would be useful to allow an option to associate Word/Excel/Powerpoint files 
with OOo somewhere other than the initial setup, so that if the user decides 
not to associate on initial setup they can still associate later.

This could be done through Tools->Options, but may be easier to implement as a 
function of the local setup app, as the code is probably already there, just 
the option isn't available.

The only way I have found to do this currently is by uninstalling then 
reinstalling (or setting up associations manually which can be a pain).
Comment 1 Olaf Felka 2002-05-03 08:51:00 UTC
Hi Falko,
good idea, isn't it?
Comment 2 danstrome 2002-05-05 20:19:44 UTC
Closely related to this would be the ability
to set the file associations back to
MS Office or WordPerfect or other software
if setup has, 
with or without the user's permission,
grabbed .doc, .xls, .ppt, etc. and
associated them with OOo.
(See issue 3689)

Comment 3 settantta 2002-11-18 23:53:38 UTC
Going by the comments on the users list, it would be better to
skip/disable this step (file associations) entirely, at least in the
initial installation routine. The requests are usually along these
lines, ie most users do NOT want to associate with MS
Office files. They merely want to try out the software, while
continuing to use Office for the time being. 

So the best solution would be for the initial installation to simply
install, leaving the associations alone. Drop the
current  "Do you want..." from it completely, don't just disable buttons.

This is what the users want. Let's give it to them.
Comment 4 rtrout 2003-06-27 00:20:31 UTC
IMHO the convention (in Windows apps at least) is for applications to
send file associations their way, but not send them back again.

Good examples are WinAmp (see its prefs, near the agent settings) and
QuickTime (sorry - these just come to mind quickly). These allow you
to determine which file associations you can set (to the explicit file
type, grouped sometimes).

Can I enhance this issue (otherwise I will create a new one) to add
the functionality to include associating .rtf (writer) and .csv (calc)
files with OOo? As far as I am aware these are not touched by OOo.
Preferably this would be done through a (platform-specific?) option in
OOo (or the QuickStarter) to check these associations and reset them
if another app modifies them.
Comment 5 falko.tesch 2003-09-10 14:35:14 UTC
I agrre OO Setup should allow to resemble (possibly lost) file
associations. Nevertheless I put this issue to P4 since Windows, KDE,
Gnome have their own (nowadays easy to reach) options to re-assigne
file associations.
Comment 6 falko.tesch 2003-09-10 14:36:00 UTC
Re-assigned to BH.
Comment 7 rtrout 2003-09-10 23:30:40 UTC
I disagree with Falko Tesch. Yes, it is POSSIBLE, but for most users
it is not FEASIBLE. Following on the premise of 2.0's priority for
helping MS Office users with what they expect, they expect OpenOffice
will assist them with the file associations, not having to use the OS
to do it.

A simple run-time (as opposed to install-time) tool to monitor file
associations is what is required.

No problem with the 2.0 milestone, but given the votes so far,
shouldn't it move back to P3 at least?
Comment 8 bettina.haberer 2004-04-08 22:01:55 UTC
Sorry, this issue coveres no Q-keyfeature, it is considered for OO.o later.
Comment 9 mchase 2004-08-27 03:25:49 UTC
Something really needs to be done about this in OOo 2.0.  The most frequent 
complaint seen on the users' lists it "Help! Your program has taken over my 
computer!"  Either the description needs to be made more clear, or making OOo 
the default for MSO file types should be defered until runtime.

Suggested wording from Matt Needles: " can open MS Word, Excel and
PowerPoint documents.  Another program is currently assigned this task on
your system.  Do you want to be the default program to open
these files when you open them from Windows Explorer?  If you choose NO,
you may still open these files from within"
Comment 10 rtrout 2004-08-27 04:20:36 UTC
I thought there was some discussion a while ago, that this was going to be
reviewed for 2.0, with the new platform-based installers, as it is only related
to the Windows platform. Can anyone comment on this?
Comment 11 kevinmarkey 2004-11-16 20:16:33 UTC
Here is another option which may better meet some folks' needs (including mine):
 As another option in the file association checklist, allow the user to select
the option "Add OpenOffice to Open-File menu".  Checking this option would have
the effect of adding an Action to "Open with OpenOffice" to the file type, as if
you did so manually in Windows Explorer's
View/Options/File-Types/Edit-File-Type.  One may wish to use MS Word as default,
but OO as secondary for word processing, 00 as primary for spreadsheets, etc.  
Comment 12 Olaf Felka 2006-11-29 08:28:37 UTC
*** Issue 51570 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 13 nickhill 2008-04-13 12:14:25 UTC
I regularly install OO on windows machines. Often enough, in fact, for the
change in OO 2.4 to be very welcome - the pre-selection of xls and ppt file
associations in the windows installer dialog box.

I would welcome a post-install file associations manager, but suspect that for
many users they just wont 'get it'. The idea and concept of file association is
just too technical for them. Yes really! That is how brittle I observe many
user's understanding of computers is!

I feel that in the windows installer. all checkboxes for MSO file types should
be checked by default, UNLESS the installer detects MSO installed, where they
should by default be unchecked. Furthermore, docx, xlsx (and when operational,
pptx) file types should be associated with OO unless a version of MSO 2007 or
later is already installed.

Comment 14 nickhill 2008-04-13 12:28:19 UTC
It is a pain when installing Openoffice to have to manually navigate to
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
then copy the shortcut from start->Openofficex.x/writer 
to the desktop folder.

It would be nice if the installer automatically made it easy for people to
launch Openoffice by adding a desktop icon, just like most other windows
programs do, such as:
Firefox, Thunderbird, Adobe Acrobat, Audacity, Gimp, Free-AV and around 90% of
all others.

A checkbox, selected by default, in the windows installer "Add icon to Desktop"
would be great.

I accept and appreciate the principle of a tidy, uncluttered desktop, but most
programs in windows do tend to create a desktop icon unless told otherwise, and
desktop icons give an immediate view of the most important programs installed.
Openoffice is the most important program I install on Windows. I therefore
always need a desktop icon for the windows user to be reminded it is there.
Openoffice Writer is probably the most used program in the suite, so is the most
suitable launcher for the desktop.
Comment 15 Olaf Felka 2008-04-13 13:17:57 UTC
@ nickhill: Your last comments have nothing to do with this issue: "Allow for
MSOffice file associations post-install". The desktop icon will be introduced
with OOo 3.0. Defaulting OOo to the MS file types unless MSO is installed is a
bad habit we don't want to adopt.
Comment 16 nickhill 2008-04-13 23:54:21 UTC
Helo Of, 

I think you misunderstood, or maybe I wasn't clear enough; My suggestion was not
that at install time Openoffice should default to saving in MSO file formats. (I
do believe that users should easily be able to switch to a default behaviour of
saving in MSO file formats through a simple check box in the save dialogue, but
provided a notice in the save dialogue warns users against it).

My suggestion is simply that for any MSO file extension that OO can handle, but
is not already handled by an installed copy of MSO, the installer should, *by
default* - without the user having to make any settings changes, associate that
file type with OO. 

By extension of this, if the installed version of OO is old enough to not
support xlsx and docx, the OO installer should, by default, associate these with OO.

To put it another way, if a user has Microsoft Office installed on their system,
the user should need to click some check boxes at install time to tell the
installer they want Openoffice to become the default handler for the MSO file
types. If the user doesn't have Microsoft Office installed on their system, the
user should need to click some check boxes to tell the installer they *don't*
want OO to become the default handler for the file types. That way, I believe
the installer will guess what the user wants 90% of the time, and still give the
user complete control at install time.

Comment 17 nickhill 2008-04-14 09:13:27 UTC
Corrected paragraph from last post:
By extension of this, if the installed version of MSO is old enough to not
support xlsx and docx, the OO installer should, by default, associate these with OO.
Comment 18 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 15:09:12 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements". 
Comment 19 Rainer Bielefeld 2014-02-28 16:52:17 UTC
I doubt that this is a request WIN2000 only ;-)

No Assignee, so back to list.

Yes, I would like something like I know from IrfanView and others, where I can tick the file types I want to have associated. Unfortunately such a solution would be completely useless for most administrators of many work places, see "Bug 124340 - Standart file link (e.g. .doc, .xls etc.)". Should he explain all help secretary how to do? Or himself start remote control and repair association for all 1257 PC? 

Possible workarounds:
May be for now some scripting or command line magic might be more useful, you can find some hints 
* In forums
* Manuals

You also can try some console magic with "assoc" comand
There is a tool at <>, I did not test and did not find a manual, nobody knows whether that will work.
Comment 20 Rainer Bielefeld 2014-02-28 16:52:46 UTC
*** Issue 124340 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 21 Rainer Bielefeld 2014-02-28 16:53:46 UTC
Created attachment 82757 [details]
So problem is solved in IrfanView