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Released: Apache OpenOffice 4.1.11

Apache OpenOffice ReadMe

Last Update: 2017-12-30

Dear User

This file contains important information about this program. Please read this information very carefully before starting work.

The Apache OpenOffice Community, responsible for the development of this product, would like to invite you to participate as a community member. As a new user, you can check out the Apache OpenOffice project site at Please also read the sections below about getting involved in the Apache OpenOffice project.

Is OpenOffice really free for any user?

OpenOffice is free for use by everybody. You may take this copy of OpenOffice and install it on as many computers as you like, and use it for any purpose you like (including commercial, government, public administration and educational use). For further details see the license text delivered together with OpenOffice or

Why is OpenOffice free for any user?

You can use this copy of OpenOffice today free of charge because individual contributors and corporate sponsors have designed, developed, tested, translated, documented, supported, marketed, and helped in many other ways to make OpenOffice what it is today - the world's leading open-source office software.

If you appreciate their efforts, and would like to ensure Apache OpenOffice continues into the future, please consider contributing to the project - see for details on contributing time, and for details on donations. Everyone has a contribution to make.

Notes on Installation

General System Requirements

Problems During Program Startup

If you encounter any startup problems not covered in your system specific README file, please subscribe to our users mailing list, or Community Forums for further assistance.

Shortcut Keys

Only shortcut keys (key combinations) not used your installed operating system can be used in OpenOffice. If a key combination in OpenOffice does not work as described in the OpenOffice Help, check if that shortcut is already used by the operating system. To resolve such conflicts, you can change the keys assigned by your operating system. Alternatively, you can change almost any key assignment in OpenOffice. For more information on this topic, refer to the OpenOffice Help or the Help documentation of your operating system.

Due to a conflict with input method switching on multiple platforms, the following shortcut keys have been changed:

File Locking -- Linux, Mac, Solaris

In the default setting, file locking is turned on in OpenOffice. To deactivate it, you have to set the appropriate environment variables SAL_ENABLE_FILE_LOCKING=0 and export SAL_ENABLE_FILE_LOCKING. These entries are already in enabled form in the soffice script file.

Warning: The activated file locking feature can cause problems with Solaris 2.5.1 and 2.7 used in conjunction with Linux NFS 2.0. If your system environment has these parameters, we strongly recommend that you avoid using the file locking feature. Otherwise, will hang when you try to open a file from a NFS mounted directory from a Linux computer.

Important Accessibility Notes

For information on the accessibility features in OpenOffice, see Accessibility Quick Start.

User Support

The main support page offers various possibilities for help with OpenOffice. Your question may have already been answered - check the Community Forum at or search the archives of the '' mailing list from Alternatively, you can send in your questions to How to subscribe to the list (to get an email response) is explained on the mailing list page.

Report Bugs & Issues

OpenOffice uses BugZilla, our mechanism for reporting, tracking and solving bugs and issues. We encourage all users to feel entitled and welcome to report issues that may arise on your particular platform. Energetic reporting of issues is one of the most important contributions that the user community can make to the ongoing development and improvement of the suite.

Getting Involved

The OpenOffice Community would very much benefit from your active participation in the development of this important open source project.

As a user, you are already a valuable part of the suite's development process and we would like to encourage you to take an even more active role with a view to being a long-term contributor to the community. Please join and check out the user page at

Way to Start

The best way to start contributing is to subscribe to one or more of the mailing lists, lurk for a while, and gradually use the mail archives to familiarize yourself with many of the topics covered since the OpenOffice source code was released back in October 2000. When you're comfortable, all you need to do is send an email self-introduction to one of our mailing lists and jump right in.


Here are a few of the OpenOffice mailing lists to which you can subscribe at

Joining the Project

You can make major contributions to this important open source project even if you have limited software design or coding experience. Yes, you!

At Get Involved you will find a first overview where you can start, ranging from Localization, QA, and user support to some real core coding projects. If you are not a developer, you can help with Documentation or Marketing, for example. The OpenOffice marketing is applying both guerrilla and traditional commercial techniques to marketing open source software, and we are doing it across language and cultural barriers, so you can help just by spreading the word and telling a friend about this office suite. You can help by joining the marketing mailing list where you can provide point communication contact with press, media, government agencies, consultants, schools, Linux Users Groups and developers in your country and local community.

We hope you enjoy working with the new OpenOffice 4.1.5 and will join us online.

The Apache OpenOffice Community

Used / Modified Source Code

For detailed information about used and/or modified source code, see the NOTICE file which is part of the installation.

Apache Software Foundation

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