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OpenOffice Tutorial: Start OpenOffice Base using the command line

How-To: OpenOffice Tutorial: Start OpenOffice Base using the command line
  1. To start OpenOffice.org Base using the command line, first of course you must have the command line open.
  2. Now, type in the path of the executable file for Base and put it under quotation marks. It should look similar to this line here.
  3. You can also drag the icon for the executable file itself here to the command prompt, to save time in typing.
  4. Afterwards, just press enter.
  5. The database wizard should open. Just go through the wizard and choose the options that you want.
  6. Afterwards, click on "Finish."
  7. If you chose to start a new database the "save as" window may appear. Just type in the name for your new file here and click on "Save."
  8. Great! OpenOffice.org Base has opened. Congrattulations!

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Start OpenOffice Base using the command line

This screencast demonstrates how to start OpenOffice Base using the You learn:

  • How to type in the right command in the command line to open Base.
  • How to start OpenOffice Base using the command line.

OpenOffice.org command line arguments

Besides directly typing in the path of the executable for each OpenOffice.org application, you can also use a simple command to directly open each application. Take note that you may need to be within the OpenOffice programs folder to do this. (Default location: C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 2.x\program\) This method uses the "soffice" command along with arguments. They are as follows:

  • soffice -writer - Opens Writer
  • soffice -calc - Opens Calc
  • soffice -draw - Opens Draw
  • soffice -impress - Opens Impress
  • soffice -base - Opens Base
  • soffice -math - Opens Math

Alternatively, you can type in these commands directly:

  • swriter - Opens Writer
  • scalc - Opens Calc
  • sdraw - Opens Draw
  • simpress - Opens Impress
  • sbase - Opens Base
  • smath - Opens Math

Along with those commands, you can also use the "soffice" command along with some arguments to initiate various actions in Open Office. This method should follow the form: soffice [options] [documents...] They are:

Argument Action
-globalCreates a new global document
-webCreates a new html document
-minimizesKeep startup bitmap minimized
-invisibleNo startup screen, no default document and no UI
-norestoreSuppress restart/restore after fatal errors
-quickstartStarts the quickstart service (Only in Windows)
-nologoDon't show the startup screen
-nolockcheckDon't check for remote instances using the installation
-nodefaultDont start with an empty document
-headlessLike the "invisible" argument, but with no user interaction at all
-help -h -?Shows the help message for OpenOffice command line arguments
-o -nOpen documents regardless where they are templates or not
-display [display]Specifies the X-display to use in Unix/X11 versions
-p [documents...]Prints the specified documents using the default printer
-pt [printer][documents...]Print the specidied documents in the specified printer
-view [documents...]Open the specified documents in viewer or readonly mode
-show [presentation]Open the specified presentation and start it immediately
-accept=[accept-string]Specify na UNO connect strong to create an UNO acceptor through which other programs can connect to access the API
-unaccept=[accept-string]Close and acceptor that was created using the "-accept=[accept-string]" command. Use "-unaccept=all" to lose all open acceptors.

Advanced topics

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