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Starting LibreOffice and modules - LibreOffice Version 6.4 - under Windows 10

LibreOffice start screen - modules

There are several ways to start LibreOffice and its modules.

Link to the video

This video shows how LibreOffice or a module can be started.

Link to the video: Starting LibreOffice and modules

Starting LibreOffice and select a module or document in the LibreOffice start screen

The possibilities to start LibreOffice are shown below.
If you started LibreOffice with a double click on the program icon, the LibreOffice start screen appears.
On the left side you can start one of the LibreOffice modules with one click.
LibreOffice contains the modules:

  • Writer - Word processing
  • Calc - Spreadsheet
  • Impress - Presentations
  • Draw - Drawings
  • Math - Formula editor
  • Base - Databases

Or you can click on one of the documents in the overview of the most recently used documents.

Starting LibreOffice and modules from the desktop

During the installation of LibreOffice, you can choose to place an icon of LibreOffice on the desktop.
But you can also bring LibreOffice and its modules to the desktop by searching them in the directory
C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program
The file names there are:

Dialog box "Shortcut"

LibreOffice = soffice.exe
Writer = swriter.exe
Calc = scalc.exe
Impress = simpress.exe
Draw = sdraw.exe
Math = smath.exe
Base = sbase.exe

Right-click on the LibreOffice file or a module file and select Create shortcut. A "Shortcut" dialog box appears with the content text:

You can now click on Yes. The corresponding icon is created on the desktop. In this way you can bring the program and all needed modules to the desktop. From now on you can start the program or module with a double click on the icon on the desktop.

Starting LibreOffice and modules from the taskbar

Taskbar with LibreOffice and modules

You can bring LibreOffice and its modules to the taskbar by first searching it in the directory
C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program
The file names there are:
LibreOffice = soffice.exe
Writer = swriter.exe
Calc = scalc.exe
Impress = simpress.exe
Draw = sdraw.exe
Math = smath.exe
Base = sbase.exe

Right-click on the LibreOffice file or a module file and select Pin to taskbar. In this way you can bring the program and all needed modules to the taskbar. From now on you can start the program or module by clicking on the icon in the task bar.

"Run"
"Run" dialog box

Start LibreOffice and modules by execution command

Right-click on the 202003 LOHBEN Windows start window.png Windows Start icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Then select Run.
The "Run" dialog box appears. If you e.g. to open Calc, enter the full path including the file name:
C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\scalc.exe
Starting this way has the advantage that different parameters can be transferred.
See: https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/shared/guide/start_parameters.html?DbPAR=SHARED#bm_id3156410
In the entry line for the search, enter: Parameters
Then click there on the left parameters -- command line.
Example parameters: " --nologo", disables the start screen at program start.
Example Calc start without start screen: C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\scalc.exe --nologo

File association

The ODF files e.g. generated by LibreOffice are normally also assigned to the LibreOffice program. However, especially after major updates from Windows, it has happened that the file associations were incorrect (mostly an association with M$ Office). In these cases, the file allocation for each module may have to be done once. The process for a file assignment to Libreoffice can be found here:

Open File with LibreOffice

Note:  The changed file associations caused by updates from Windows are not a problem of LibreOffce.

Start a module by double-clicking on a file symbol

The files assigned to the LibreOffice program are displayed in the file explorer with the corresponding icons. Double-click one of these files, e.g. an ODT file, it is displayed in the Writer module and can be edited.

Further information

Offline help per module

https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/swriter/main0000.html?DbPAR=WRITER
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/scalc/main0000.html?DbPAR=CALC
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/simpress/main0000.html?DbPAR=IMPRESS
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/sdraw/main0000.html?DbPAR=DRAW
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/shared/explorer/database/main.html?DbPAR=BASE
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/smath/main0000.html?DbPAR=MATH
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/schart/main0000.html?DbPAR=CHART
https://help.libreoffice.org/6.4/en-GB/text/sbasic/shared/main0601.html?DbPAR=BASIC