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Old 12-23-2003, 11:44 AM   #1
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OpenOffice1.1 Menu Items

I'm really struggling with this one:

I upgraded to Open Office 1.1 from 1.02 on my Dell Latitude D600 which runs RH 9.0. My problem is that I did the install as root and now only the root user has menu items for the new programs. My normal user does not.

I tried creating a .desktop file the same way I did for Firebird when I installed it but it never shows up on the menu no matter how differently I word the new .desktop. For the categories line I tried:


But no luck. Is there anything different about Open Office programs that makes it hard to create menu items for them? I have created new launchers in the panel but I would like to have both options available to me. Any ideas?

Rich Hoyer
Dell Latitude D600
RH 9.0
Apple iBook G4
OS X "Panther"
Old 12-23-2003, 06:17 PM   #2
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When you installed as root did you use ./setup -net, then install it where you want, I put my Open Office in /opt directory.

After you have completed this log in as your regular user and cd to /opt/OpenOffice.....(the directory where Open office is) then run ./setup this should add the menu items to gnome, you may have to log out and then back in.

Old 12-23-2003, 07:51 PM   #3
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Thanks - I will print off your post for next time. I wound up adding the menu items successfully, manually, one by one! Guess what was wrong? I had "Calc11" in my "Name=" line in the .desktop files and apparently the system did NOT like numbers in the name of a .desktop because once I cut them out everything went fine. Wierd huh?
Old 12-23-2003, 07:53 PM   #4
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Question: now that Open Office has been fully installed, can I delete the installer directory that was created from the tar ball?


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