[Solved] Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

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[Solved] Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby yohejohn » Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:21 am

Hello,

When I try to open multiple documents from within LibreOffice, I get a message saying the "path" to those documents does not exist? I can open them singly, one at a time, but not in bunches?

Thank you,

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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Zizi64 » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:09 am

Ye, you can do it - if the document really exist on the path with same file name what was recorded in the Recent list.

(I suppose, you have tried to open a document from the Recent list, and maybe you renamed, deleted or moved the document from the original place...)
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:45 am

Works fine on my LO 7.0.3.1 version on Xubuntu.
In the Open file dialog, I Ctrl+select different files and they do open. They are on my HD. Are your files on a network? It may trigger issues with the paths.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby yohejohn » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:42 pm

Hagar Delest:

I'm doing that: control + select for the files, and no, they are not on a network: they're stored on my MacBook Air.

Zizi: I haven't changed the names of the files. I never open from the 'Recent' list (I'm not even sure how to do that): I open them from the folder they're in on my computer. Except: I DO rename them from 'Untitled' when I'm first saving them in Writer?

Thank you both for replying! Again: I can open files singly, but not multiple files at once.

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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby RoryOF » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:44 pm

How many is "multiple"?
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby yohejohn » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:48 pm

Rory:

Like 5 or 6 at a time?

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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Zizi64 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:44 am

I can select and open more than one documents to open in same opening process - in the Open dialog box of the LibreOffice 6.1.6.3.

File - Open - Browse your files in a (one!) desired directory - Ctrl-Select or Shift-Select on the file names - Open.

I am using the Dialog boxes of the OpenOffice instead of the Dialog boxes of the System. You can choose it in the Setting of the LibreOffice.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby robleyd » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:15 am

Note that this option is not available in the Linux version of OpenOffice, but is in the Linux version of LO that I use. So it may not be an option for OpenOffice on Mac either.

 Edit: See further posts below; the option is not available on AOO on Linux systems using the KDE window manager
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Hagar Delest » Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:41 am

I tried on my Windows 10 machine and it works fine also (4 documents opened at once).

I moved the topic to the Mac forum, it may be a Mac issue.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:35 am

robleyd wrote:Note that this option is not available in the Linux version of OpenOffice, but is in the Linux version of LO that I use. So it may not be an option for OpenOffice on Mac either.


In OpenOffice running on Linux, on /Tools/ Options /OpenOffice /General, there is an option to use OpenOffice dialogs for file Open/Save. Options is under Preferences on a Mac.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Villeroy » Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:32 pm

LO7 on Ubuntu 18.4 with LO native dialog opens only the last selected document when selecting 4 or 5 files by Ctrl-click. With the Gnome file picker it opens all selected files as expected.
LO6.0 (ppa) and AOO handle multiple file selections properly with both dialog variants.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby robleyd » Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:26 pm

RoryOF wrote:In OpenOffice running on Linux, on /Tools/ Options /OpenOffice /General, there is an option to use OpenOffice dialogs for file Open/Save. Options is under Preferences on a Mac.


I did check before I posted, and these are the options I am presented with:
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Perhaps there is something about Slackware/KDE that is different from other distributions? Note that I installed from an rpm not a deb
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby RoryOF » Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:18 pm

Printing_dialog.png


The difference may be to do with the source of your OpenOffice - I am using a download deb version from the downloads page, and have had this screen in every version of Ubuntu/Xubuntu I ever used.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Hagar Delest » Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:21 pm

On my Xubuntu machine, there is no more dedicated dialogs except for print with LO 7.0:
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby MrProgrammer » Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:16 pm

yohejohn wrote:When I try to open multiple documents from within LibreOffice, I get a message saying the "path" to those documents does not exist? I can open them singly, one at a time, but not in bunches?
If you use LibreOffice why doesn't your forum signature say that? (User Control Panel → Profile → Edit Signature)
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I don't use LibreOffice or Big Sur. I cannot reproduce your problem with OpenOffice 4.1.7 on MacOS 10.14.6. I tried with both settings from Q37: Why doesn't my file open/save dialog look like examples on the forum?. With either setting I can open multiple documents in the File → Open dialog.
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Hagar Delest wrote:I moved the topic to the Mac forum, it may be a Mac issue.
Or it could be a LibreOffice issue, related to the changes referenced in the previous post.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Hagar Delest » Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:34 pm

MrProgrammer wrote:Or it could be a LibreOffice issue, related to the changes referenced in the previous post.

Indeed.
I've tried a quick search on the net but it didn't yield anything.
Maybe a question to be posted on AskLibreOffice or the LO mailing list.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby lgusaas » Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:39 pm

yohejohn wrote:I'm doing that: control + select for the files, and no, they are not on a network: they're stored on my MacBook Air.

On Macs it Command + select to open files.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby Bill » Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:14 pm

robleyd wrote:Perhaps there is something about Slackware/KDE that is different from other distributions? Note that I installed from an rpm not a deb

Use of KDE system dialogs isn't supported by AOO. In the past I've tried Manjaro KDE and Kubuntu. The option to use system dialogs in AOO was missing from both of them.

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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby robleyd » Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:54 pm

Thanks - I don't need or want the system dialog, but it is useful to know that the issue exists for KDE.
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Re: Can't open multiple docs at once in LibreOffice?

Postby yohejohn » Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:29 pm

Thanks all.

The problem seems to have been resolved in a 'sideways' manner, when I set up my computer to open .odt and .doc and .docx files to open in LO when I click on them, before I've opened LO.

I can now open multiple documents with LO either way: by clicking on the desktop files, AND from within LO using the 'open' command.

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