I locked the icon to the launcher while Writer was running, and ever since it has been called "untitled 1 -OpenOffice Writer".

I think this is going to confuse me when working with several documents. Is there any way to change it to either OpenOffice or OpenOffice Writer?

  • Have you tried unlocking it from the launcher and then repinning it from dash Home? – anonymous2 May 17 '16 at 12:23
  • It is Openoffice – 1kb May 17 '16 at 13:04
  • @ anonymous2 : yes, I have tried unlocking it and repinning it – 1kb May 17 '16 at 13:09


Somehow a local .desktop file of must have been created, with a weird naming. The local one will overrule the global one as long as it exists.

How to solve

  1. Unlock the current Openoffice-Writer -launcher (icon) from the Unity-Launcher
  2. Remove the local copy of the launcher: Navigate to ~/.local/share/applications (~ stands for your home- directory, .local is a directory in your home directory, hidden by default. To make it visible: in nautilus, press Ctrl+H to make it visible). Remove any reference to OpenOfficeWriter.

  3. Log out/in, open Dash, type "writer" and drag the icon from Dash on to the launcher.

That should solve it.

  • in .local there is just one file with the name "openoffice_4_1_2.desktop". Should I delete it? – 1kb May 17 '16 at 16:08
  • @1kb if you didn't deliberately create it, and you installed OpenOffice globally (I can't imagine you didn't), you can safely delete it. It is a copy of the global one. – Jacob Vlijm May 17 '16 at 16:14
  • Ok, that worked. Cool! – 1kb May 17 '16 at 16:19
  • @1kb Ah, that always makes me happy! – Jacob Vlijm May 17 '16 at 16:21

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