MS Office 2007 Installation: Associations and Menu entries?

Are my expectations realistic?

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pmorch Monday 14 May 2012 at 8:27


I'm trying out playonlinux, and I've tried installing Ubuntu 12.04 Precise from scratch, then install playonlinux and then tried installing MS Office 2007. I tried this exercise twice: Once for Ubuntu 12.04 and once for Xubuntu 12.04 (my target platform). After installation, I have a MS Word that seems to work fine, but no file associations are set up and there are no entries in my dash (Ubuntu/Unity) or menus (Xubuntu/XFCE).

I see that for playonmac, they don't get created automatically. But am unclear about what the intent is for playonlinux.
  • Is installation of MS Office supposed to create these? There are various posts about fiddling with integration of associations and menu entries, but before I go down that path, I'd like to inquire about whether they are supposed to be created automatically.
  • Why are there shortcuts on the desktop instead? Zero linux programs do that...
  • Are there similar desktop-integration issues? E.g. FF,thunderbird integration?
  • Is this a general approach taken by playonlinux, that there are no file associations and menu integration? I never play games, but would like to use playonlinux. For me, associations and menu integration are an essential part of installation.
  • In order to help myself, how do I find/get access to the exact script used when I install an app from the GUI? vim is usually my friend...
Thank you in advance for your assistance.


test@ubuntu:~$ dpkg-query -W | egrep 'playonlinux|wine'
playonlinux    4.0.14-1
wine    1.4-0ubuntu4
wine-gecko1.4    1.4.0-0ubuntu2
wine-gecko1.4:i386    1.4.0-0ubuntu2
wine1.4    1.4-0ubuntu4
wine1.4-amd64    1.4-0ubuntu4
wine1.4-common    1.4-0ubuntu4
wine1.4-i386:i386    1.4-0ubuntu4
winetricks    0.0+20120308

MS Office 2007 got installed using wine 1.2.3.
Quentin PÂRIS Monday 14 May 2012 at 13:50
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Good news, this feature is planned for the next version (At least, it should help)

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pmorch Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 5:44

Googling the same topic 3 years later I found this old thread started by me! smiley

Yes, Peter, there is a solution now! Once Office2007 has been installed, it will place Icons for Word, Excel and Powerpoint on the desktop. These are *.desktop files. They also need to be in folders that nautilus recognizes as associations:

cp ~/Desktop/Microsoft\ *.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/

Now I can right-click on a file, select Properties, "Open With" tab, click on "Microsoft Word 2007" and then the "Set as default" button. From now on, opening such a file opens it in word. Bingo!

Running on Ubuntu 14.04

test@ubuntu:~> dpkg-query -W | egrep 'playonlinux|wine'

playonlinux    4.2.2-1
wine    1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4
wine-gecko2.21:amd64    2.21-0ubuntu1
wine-gecko2.21:i386    2.21-0ubuntu1
wine-mono0.0.8    0.0.8-0ubuntu1
wine1.6    1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4
wine1.6-amd64    1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4
wine1.6-i386    1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4
winetricks    0.0+20140302-0ubuntu2