OpenOffice 2 has been out for a while now, and today I downloaded it, updating for the first time since version 1.1.2. I’m all in for open software, but what I really didn’t like about OpenOffice (and MS Office for that matter) was the long start-up. Here’s what I did to make it start faster:
Tools -> Options
Under the OpenOffice.org tab (the first one) click Java.
Check off "Use a Java runtime environment"
Open Office only use Java for special features. Since I only care about writing, I wouldn’t normally use them. There are other things you can customize here, but for my old laptop it was the Java runtime engine that was the great white whale.
Make a shortcut on your desktop (or whatever) to the soffice.exe file in your OpenOffice/program folder and add parameters -writer and -nologo after the program path:
"C:Program FilesOpenOffice.org 2.0programsoffice.exe" -writer -nologo
This shortcut will open the Open Office Writer with a new document, without showing the splash logo first, and without starting the QuickStart utility.
There are other parameters you can pass in command line or a shortcut like the one above. To see them all, see the Help files on parameters or simply open command line and run:
C:Program FilesOpenOffice.org 2.0program>soffice.exe -?
A popup window will list all the available parameters. That’s it!
I used to be able to have a cigarette while OpenOffice Writer started, but now it just pops up like it ought to. That’s great, ’cause inspiration waits for no man.