Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a way to start without the "Welcome to "create a new document" dialog appearing every time?

I just wanna start it empty then do either File->Recent Documents or File->New without the annoying dialog box.

OO.o 3.2.0 on Mac OSX Snow Leopard

UPDATE: I mean this screen


share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

This is an old reference: Getting rid of the OpenOffice splash screen.
some things may have changed a bit.

You can also do ooffice --nologo -- or, alias that.

Update: There is this discussion to Disable welcome screen,
and a few people there refer to Aqua Rocks.
Would that work for you?

share|improve this answer
This does suppress the splash screen, but that's not what I was after, its the next screen from that one. I'll add a screenshot in a moment. – Rob Cowell Feb 19 '10 at 13:04
Those launchers in the "Aqua Rocks" work great for everything except Writer. I'll have a mess about with it and see if I can get it going, thanks – Rob Cowell Feb 19 '10 at 13:44
Via your links I found a better solution (see my answer) but I'll keep yours as the accepted answer, since it was your help that got me there! – Rob Cowell Feb 19 '10 at 13:51

Found an OpenOffice extension that disables this "StartCenter"

Disable Start Module Extension

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.