Tips & tricks: Portable installation
FreeOffice for Windows
If you want to carry FreeOffice for Windows and important documents with you, you can copy FreeOffice to a USB flash drive. You can then run FreeOffice from the USB flash drive on any Windows-based computer (a borrowed or public computer, for instance). Once you unplug the USB flash drive, no trace of FreeOffice is left behind on the PC.
Here's how it works:
- Install FreeOffice on your regular PC's built-in hard drive. This lets you work with the applications in the regular way, even without a USB flash drive.
- Click on the Windows Start button, then select Programs > SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 > Utilities > Install SoftMaker FreeOffice on a USB stick.
- Follow the prompts, and the program copies the complete SoftMaker FreeOffice folder and the complete folder My Documents\SoftMaker to your USB flash drive. This gives you access to the FreeOffice program files, as well as all of your documents and settings from My Documents\SoftMaker on the USB flash drive.
When the program is done, your USB flash drive contains a fully functional copy of FreeOffice which does not register itself in Windows, in addition to all of your documents and configuration files.
To launch one of the programs, open the FreeOffice folder on the USB flash drive and click on the program you want to run (for example, TextMaker.exe or PlanMaker.exe).
FreeOffice for Linux
You can run FreeOffice for Linux from a USB flash drive, too. Here's how it works:
- Install FreeOffice on the built-in hard drive of your Linux PC. This lets you work with FreeOffice in the regular way, even without a USB flash drive.
- Create a folder on the USB flash drive and copy the contents of the FreeOffice application folder (usually /usr/share/freeoffice2018) to this folder:
mkdir /media/disk/freeoffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive) cd /usr/share/freeoffice2018 cp -Rv * /media/disk/freeoffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive)
- In the new folder on the USB flash drive, create a file with the name portable.txt. Its content does not matter:
cd /media/disk/freeoffice (replace /media/disk with the path of your USB flash drive) touch portable.txt
The portable.txt file is just a "marker file" that informs FreeOffice that it should run in portable mode and not leave any configuration files on the host operating system.
- Launch TextMaker:
TextMaker then creates the folder /media/disk/freeoffice/SoftMaker for your documents, templates and settings. Next, TextMaker copies its default document templates and configuration files into this folder. Once the installation is complete, TextMaker starts.
If you want, you can now copy additional documents and templates to the flash drive. Put documents in /media/disk/freeoffice/SoftMaker and templates in /media/disk/freeoffice/SoftMaker/Templates 2018.
To launch one of the programs, open the FreeOffice folder on the USB flash drive and double-click on the program you want to launch.