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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: How to change the author. Reply with quote

Hi there Openoffice.org community!

I have joined this forum in order to ask for some help.

here it goes

I need to change the author of a certain document.

You see when you go into a 'my Documents' window and you mouse over the document it displays the author, and I need the author changed for reasons.

P.S - I use windows xp sp2.

I appreciate any help

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[Moved from Math to General Discussion]
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few places to check - I'm not sure which one applies exactly in your case, but they're all worth knowing about.

Before you open the document, right-click on its icon and choose Properties, and have a look on the Summary tab.

In the particular document, have a look in the menu at File > Properties.... Check the Description & User Defined tabs.

For the whole suite have a look in the menu at Tools > Options.... Check under OpenOffice > User Data.

Finally, I think there are some user details stored by Windows, but I can't recall where. Anyone?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You cannot change the author (creator of document) with OOo or from within Explorer.
You need to tweak the information stored with a programming language or edit the meta.xml after un-zipping the file.

I'm about to finish an extension which will allow changing the File>Properties of an OOo file. I will release it this weekend. Give it a try.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:25 am    Post subject: To eliminate author information, paste data into blank doc. Reply with quote

Make sure the OpenOffice.org application is set up with the correct author information.
Open the document.
File > New > Document Type
Bring the old document to the front.
Edit > Select All
Edit > Copy

Bring the new document to the front.
Edit > Paste
Save the new document.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't tried this but File >Save As by the new author may work.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
How to replace the author name by your name :
  1. Save the document as a template ( i.e. *.ott for Writer, *.ots for Calc)
  2. Close the document.
  3. Open the template (double-click on it) : you get a new document
  4. Save it , it will contain your identity as Author (and the current date/time as creation date).

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B Marcelly wrote:
Hi,
How to replace the author name by your name :
  1. Save the document as a template ( i.e. *.ott for Writer, *.ots for Calc)
  2. Close the document.
  3. Open the template (double-click on it) : you get a new document
  4. Save it , it will contain your identity as Author (and the current date/time as creation date).
Clever solution! Thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another simple way is:

  • Open the document
  • Click on File | Properties
  • Under the 'General' Tab click on 'Delete'

You will now be defined as the author.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark B wrote:
Another simple way is:

  • Open the document
  • Click on File | Properties
  • Under the 'General' Tab click on 'Delete'

You will now be defined as the author.
Presumably that will keep the original file creation date? A good alternative to the other method.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, it was a Openoffice.org Calc application, sorry for my mistake.

So let me give these a try with the Calc document.

And sorry for the wrong section, I did not know what I was thinking when I posted it in Math!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait a minute. Am I to understand that I have no way to edit the author name? This doesn't make any sense at all. I see that most replies are assuming that we are wanting to change the author to ourselves, but what if I want to give credit to someone else? Or what if I don't want my RL name on documents that I create for others?

This is a serious limitation and personally, a violation of my privacy. I should have the option to use whatever name I want to.

None of these suggestions helped, but admittedly I've not tried the extension (yet). I will, but this really needs to be fixed. There should be a way to edit the properties of any document I create.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Open the document.
File > New > Document Type
Bring the old document to the front.
Edit > Select All
Edit > Copy
Bring the new document to the front.
Edit > Paste
Save the new document.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:05 am    Post subject: Thanks for suggestions. Reply with quote

Hey Thanks for the suggestions my problems was also same here now i know how do i do it. Melbourne Venues www.justfunctions.com.au
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a quick but dirty way to do it, assuming you want to change the author to a name other than yours is...
Open the file with an archive manager (is is really only a zip file with the wrong file extension)
Look for the meta.xml file and change the authors name
Save your changes and update the archive

Now your file will show another author

NB in Ubuntu you can do all this directly in the archive manager, in Windows I have no idea if this is possible or if you have to extract the contents first, edit and put back in the archive.
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