I installed MS Office using Play on Linux, but when I click on my file (.docx or other) for "open with: Microsoft Word", there isn't in the possible choices!

Is there a way to open directly the file without open first Microsoft Word (and select: open file -> myfile.docx)?

  • You can add it to the choices in the Open with…/Other application menu.
    – lemonslice
    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:47
  • @lemonslice I've already tried, even with /Other application / Se all there isn't
    – Paolo Zaia
    Dec 24, 2016 at 9:19

2 Answers 2

  • Open Playonlinux

  • Select 'Configure'

  • Select your virtual drive (e.g. Office2007)

  • Under 'General' tab click 'Make a new shortcut for this virtual drive'

  • Select the icon you want (e.g. WINWORD.EXE) and press next

  • Give it a name (let's say MSWord)

  • Close Playonlinux.

  • Look in $HOME for MSWord.desktop

  • Copy that to ~/.local/share/applications

  • Select a .docx file (or what you need), right-click, 'Properties', 'Open with', Other application, 'Show all applications', look for MSWord. ('Set as default' should be enabled.)

If the desktop file has no proper icon, look for it in ~/.PlayOnLinux/icones/full_size. Copy it to ~/.local/share/icons and rename it so as to add the png extension (e.g. winword.png) then edit the Icon line of the desktop file (e.g. Icon=winword). Other lines that are worth editing are maybe:

Name=Microsoft Office Word;


  • you are my hero!
    – Paolo Zaia
    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:44

You should look for the .desktop file of the Microsoft Word (in ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs) and append %F to the line that starts with Exec=.

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