9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2014 6:23 AM by basilmir
anthonyfromdf Level 1 (0 points)

Can I create an alias from an OpenOffice file in the Dock? Please can anyone help?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Hi Anthony... don't kick yourself, but simply drag the OpenOffice icon or App to the Dock.

  • anthonyfromdf Level 1 (0 points)

    When I did that a box, see attachment, appears and comes up every time I open the file. Removing it stops it but that is not a cure.New-app.jpg

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Did you happen to drop the OO icon on FFox's icon?


    If you can't place the OO icon in the dock between other icons...


    Might be the immutable Dock setting, try this in Terminal then kill/force quit the Dock...


    defaults write com.apple.dock contents-immutable -bool false

  • anthonyfromdf Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the post but I am not very technical so could you give a step by step instructions concerning Terminal.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,286 points)

    Have you found the Terminal App yet & double clicled on it yet? At the prompt, paste that line in & hit enter.


  • anthonyfromdf Level 1 (0 points)

    Cannot copy your string so cannot paste it.

  • VikingOSX Level 6 (15,873 points)

    In BDAqua's first post, triple-click your mouse button on the line containing defaults write. This will select the entire line. Copy it to the clipboard with command+c.


    Now, in Finder, press command+shift+U and double-click the Terminal icon to launch it.


    At the terminal application prompt, press command+v and that will paste the current contents of the clipboard into the Terminal command line. Press return.


    In /Applications, drag the OpenOffice application icon between existing Dock icons (to the left of the divider), and release it. If you don't like its current position, you can click and hold the icon with your mouse and drag it across the Dock to where you want it, then release it again. If you later decide that you want to remove the icon from the Dock, click and hold on the icon and then drag it about two inches out onto your desktop and release it. You will see a simulated up in smoke animation.


    The first time you launch OpenOffice, it may give you that “You are opening blah application for the first time” dialog. Simply click Open to proceed. You should not have to do this again.


    You should now have an OpenOffice application icon in your Dock, and the ability to launch the application at will.

  • anthonyfromdf Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks if seems to be ok but deleting the entry in preferences < User & Groups >log in tab and deleting OO entry + two entries that no long have apps installed might have some bearing on the success.

  • basilmir Level 1 (75 points)

    I have this same problem today with OpenOffice and Mavericks.


    I installed LibreOffice instead, same source code as OpenOffice but it works 10x better. They also have localization in many languages which is very nice, very well done.