Quick start for OpenOffice.org

Here are a few easy steps to make OpenOffice.org start more quickly. Aside from using the quickstarter applet (commonly used by default on Windows) which preloads OpenOffice.org, following these steps should contribute to a faster start-up speed.

I’m no expert but in my observations OpenOffice.org runs faster on Gnome than on KDE and Windows.  Why is that? Maybe it is because of the fact that this application requires Gnome libraries to run thus is slower in KDE when it is calling up the required dependencies.  For windows, well i really don’t know. It starts the slowest on that operating system.

1)  Go to Tools then choose Options from the list.

2)  Once you have the Options box open, select Memory.  There are a few values that needs to be changed.  Follow the ones shown below.

  • Number of steps – Reduce from 100 to 30
  • Use for OpenOffice.org – Increase to 128 MB
  • Memory per object – Set to 20 MB
  • Number of objects – Set to 20

Check Enable Systray Quickstarter if you want this feature enabled.  It is up to you to use the preloader.  I never use this on my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.  What’s the use anyway?  OpenOffice.org is blazing fast even on my desktop that is almost 2 years old.  For Windows machines however, this is enabled by default.  Perhaps for older versions of OpenOffice.org and/or Ubuntu, it might be a good idea to enable Quickstarter if it is available.  This option doesn’t seem to be present in the OpenOffice.org installed on Jaunty Jacakalope (9.04) using Kubuntu.

3)  When you are done setting the numbers in Memory, go to Java.  Uncheck the Use a Java runtime environment.

After you’ve done all these steps press OK to save the changes.  Now you’re good to go.  Exit and start OpenOffice.org again.  There should be a noticeable difference in the start-up speed.

Note: This also works for LibreOffice and with the same exact steps.

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Notice: This article was published on July 4, 2010 and the content above may be out of date.