I'm trying to install Open Office. I downloaded and I followed all the steps appearing in their official site so now it's installed. Now I want to start synapse indicator and when I type 'openoffice' or even 'soffice' I want Open Office to start. I tried to make a desktop file (in /usr/share/applications) to the program directory and it works but it's not recognised by synapse nor the terminal, so how can I make this?

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    Just to confirm: Do you really want to use OpenOffice, instead of the feature-full Libreoffice?
    – lf_araujo
    Dec 2, 2015 at 23:30
  • Please see my answer and let me know. I haven't tested with indicator-synapse because I am facing this issue
    – Ravan
    Dec 3, 2015 at 2:57
  • Just tested, it can be launched from indicator-synapse :)
    – Ravan
    Dec 3, 2015 at 6:51

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First, you have to remove the already installed versions of either openoffice and libreoffice:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice* openoffice*
sudo apt-get autoremove

Now Install OpenOffice:

Open terminal and run the following commands to install version 4.1.1 (on 64-bit):

wget sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.1/binaries/en-GB/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz
tar -xzvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz
cd en-GB/DEBS
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

To Launch:

  • You can launch from Applications menu:

  • From terminal with command: soffice


  • You can launch from indicator-synapse


[Alternately you can Download from its official website and install.The download file will be in *.tar.gz format.]

Reference here

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