Thursday, October 23, 2008

Make Openoffice3 default in ubuntu removing Openoffice2.4

I am one of those who like to use latest version of the software which keeps me experimenting with new things every now and then.

So openoffice3 was released some time back and I wanted to make it as default for my kubuntu install. Here are the steps which I followed for the doing the same.

1. Download the .deb installer from open office.
2. Remove the previous version of openoffice. Open up synaptic, search for openoffice and then remove the one starting with openoffice. This will remove the existing 2.4 version from your computer.
3. Now, extract the tar file which you downloaded from openoffice.
4. Go to the DEBS folder and run the following command

sudo dpkg -i *.deb.

This will install everything... basically kitchen, sink everything.

5. You will still not get the menus in the office section of your applications. So, you go to desktop integration folder in the DEBS folder and again run the above command

sudo dpkg -i *.deb.

And you are all set. You may have to choose for open office for the file associated for open with for some time.

Till the backport repository has the openoffice3, this is the only way I can think of using openoffice3 as default.

Thanks to this post which helped me in setting up the things.