ooffice − office suite


ooffice [−accept=accept−string] [−base] [−calc] [−display display] [−draw] [−global] [−headless] [−help|−h|−?] [−impress] [−invisible] [−math] [−minimized] [−n filename] [−nodefault] [−nolockcheck] [−nologo] [−norestore] [−o filename] [−p filename...] [−pt printername filename...] [−show presentation] [−unaccept=accept−string] [−terminate_after_init] [−view filename] [−web] [−writer] [filename...]

DESCRIPTION is a fully featured office suite for the daily use with all features you would normally expect in a office suite.

This script runs OpenOffice with the arguments <args> given on the command line.

There are also some wrapper scripts in /usr/bin which run the wanted module.


filename... Files to operate on. Opening them is the default behavior, which can be influenced by command line arguments. −p will print the files instead.

Notifies the software that upon the creation of "UNO Acceptor Threads", a "UNO Accept String" will be used.


Starts with the database wizard.


Starts with an empty Calc document.

−display display

This option specifies the X server to contact; see X(7)


Starts with an empty Draw document.


Starts with an empty Global document.


Starts in "headless mode", which allows using the application without user interface.

This special mode can be used when the application is controlled by external clients via the API.


Lists the available OOo−native command line parameters to the console.


Starts with an empty Impress document.


Starts in invisible mode.

Neither the start−up logo nor the initial program window will be visible. However, the software can be controlled and documents and dialogs opened via the API.

When the software has been started with this parameter, it can only be ended using the taskmanager (Windows) or the kill command (UNIX based systems).

It cannot be used in conjunction with −quickstart.


Starts with an empty Math document.


Keep the splash screen minimized.

−n filename

Creates a new document using filename as a template.


Starts the application without any window opened for the first time. A window appears if you start the office next time.

It is used together with the option −nologo by quickstarters. Note that the option −quickstart has not been longer supported since 2.0.0.


Disables the check for remote instances using the installation.


Disables the splash screen at program start.


Disables restart and file recovery after a system crash. It is possible OOo will try to restore a file it keeps crashing on, if that happens −norestore is the only way to start OOo.

−o filename

Opens filename for editing, even if it is a template.

−p filename...

Prints the given files to the default printer and ends. The splash screen does not appear.

If the file name contains spaces, then it must be enclosed in quotation marks.

−pt printername filename...

Prints the given files to the printer printername and ends. The splash screen does not appear.

If the file name contains spaces, then it must be enclosed in quotation marks.

−show presentation

Starts with the given Impress file and starts the presentation. Enters edit mode after the presentation.


Closes an acceptor that was created with −accept option.

Use −unaccept=all to close all open acceptors.


The office terminates after it registers some UNO services. The office doesn’t show the intro bitmap during startup.

−view filename

Creates a temporary copy of the given file and opens it read−only.


Starts with an empty HTML document.


Starts with an empty Writer document.


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This manual page was created by Rene Engelhard <rene [AT]> for the Debian GNU/Linux Distribution, because the original package does not have one. It was updated for Novell by Petr Mladek <petr.mladek [AT]>.