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OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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Starting from the command line

You may want to start OOo from the command line (using the keyboard instead of the mouse). Why? Well, by using the command line, you have more control over what happens when OOo is started. For example, using the command line, you can tell Writer to load a document and print it immediately, or to start without showing the splash screen.

Image:documentation_note.png Most users will never need to do this.

There is more than one way to start OOo from the command line, depending on whether you have installed a customized version or the standard download from the OOo website.

If you installed using the download on the OOo website, you can start Writer by typing at the command line:

soffice -writer



Writer will start and create a new document. Likewise, you can start other OOo components from the command line:

Type of document Component Command-line option
Web pageWriter-web

To see a list of options you can use when starting Writer at the command line, type:

soffice -?

Below is a list of some of the more popular options.

Option Description
-helpGet a complete list of options.
-nologoDo not show the startup screen.
-show <odp-file>Start presentation immediately.
-view <documents ...>   Open documents in viewer (read-only) mode.
-minimizedStart OOo minimized.
-norestoreSuppress restart/restore after fatal errors.
-invisibleNo startup screen, no default document and no UI. This is useful for third-party applications that use functionality provided by OOo.

If you have a customized version of OOo (such as the one provided by Linux Mandrake or Gentoo), you can start Writer by typing at the command line:


Image:documentation_note.png Although the command syntax differs, the effect is identical: it starts OOo with an empty Writer document.

OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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