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Open Office help please

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Open Office help please

I have a couple of spreadsheets running on my desktop using Open Office Calc..

I want to open a "new" Open Office section to write a document/letter .... when I click on the desktop short cut, or the "exe" file on the search ... nothing seems to happen, EXCEPT that the icons on the bottom task bar for the spreadsheets "lights up"...

How do I access the document writing section Of Open Office, without closing the spreadsheets, which I will need to refer to in the document. so I will need them "live" on the desktop at the same time.

 

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Re: Open Office help please

@shutter - If I am not mistaken you'll need to launch Writer (as well) to do this as creating New from Calc will create an new Spreadsheet and New from Writer will create a new Document.

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@Mook  Yes, that is what I want to do....but .... as mentioned.... when I click on the icon for Open Office, all it does is highlights the icon and directs me to the open spreadsheets...

 

I cannot find a way to access the "writer" section.  while the spreadsheets are open.....

 

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Admittedly I am using the rather similar LibreOffice, I have an icon for LibreOffice that allows me to choose which facet of Office that I want writer, spreadsheet etc.

This only works for the first document type - but I also have icons for the various types of Office document. So hopefully Open office works like LibreOffice?

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@Mook  & @VileReynard   Nope !.... neither way works.... i did not have the icon on the lower task bar, as in mooks suggestion... so I found it... and it is there now... but when I right click as instructed, the result is the same as in my original post.... just highlights the already opened icons for the spreadsheets.  no menu appears as in the pics on mooks link.

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Not so good @shutter, there's not a lot I can add to be honest, maybe others, that actually have it and use it will come forward with some ideas.

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Have you tried the reverse and close Open Office down completely, open a new Writer page, then open the spreadsheet.

It's quite a while since I used Open Office.

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@Mook  & @Strat  & @VileReynard

While i was away.. I thought I would re-install Open Office... got a "repair" option... and went that way...

on completion... it was as in the original post....

So.. I closed the spreadsheets down... and then opened Open Office.... opened a new document and "saved as"  Blank Document.... then opened up the spreadsheets from the desktop short cuts...

In future, when I need to start a new document, I shall use the saved "blank document" to open the writer section.

seems a bit weird that such a sophisticated suite of software should not have the ability of a Menu page on clicking the icon, to open up other sections of the suite, independently.

Thanks for all the input...

cheers :wink:

 

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What colour does it “light up” in the taskbar? If it’s orange in colour there might be some sort of alert or important pop up hidden connected to those spreadsheets.
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@RPMozley the colour is the one for "selected items"  in my case this is blue... !  just my way of trying to explain what happens when I click on the Icon.... no hidden menu is available...

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@shutter If you ignore the desktop icon and open the start menu then any of the component apps in Open Office can be launched independently:

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@daveplus   Ah yes !.... thanks for that route...

 

 

open office menu.pngSTART MENU VERSION

 

 

.I also found this route

click on the spreadsheet icon on lower task bar.

select one... then click on File  > New > pop out menu of available sections appears .

click on the one required !

 

opne office new menu.pngLOWER TASK BAR ICON VERSION

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One last way for you @shutter.
Top left button on the toolbar for new spreadsheet has a small down arrow next to it on the right. Clicking that will give you the option of other types, just like the File>New route.
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