I prefer OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice to MS Office because MS Office is expensive.

But OS X Quick View functionality that allows a preview of a file by taping space bar doesn't show an OpenDocument file's contents but just an icon.

  • How can I add Quick Look support for OpenOffice files, like .ods, .odt and .odp ?

I know OpenOffice can write MS Office documents but it would be nice to have Quick Look understand the OpenDocument formats.

Note: ods are spreadsheets, odt are word processor documents and odp are presentations.

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    This would especially be useful for OpenOffice/LibreOffice since those apps are so slow to open. Not having to open them at all would be quite handy.
    – l008com
    Apr 9, 2019 at 2:24

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There's a longstanding request for it at https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=68600

And an early implementation is at http://eric.bachard.free.fr/mac/aquavcl/patches/aqua_February2008/quicklook/

To install, place OOoQuickLook.qlgenerator from that site into /Library/QuickLook and wait a few minutes for QuickLook to detect the new generator.

  • Does anyone know the current status? Is there a more up-to-date QuickLook plugin for OpenOffice/ods files?
    – P A N
    Apr 6, 2016 at 19:49
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    @Winterflags LibreOffice has its own enhancement request at bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=35361, but no progress from either camp.
    – James
    Apr 9, 2016 at 13:01
  • This works with some limitations (until Mojave and with a low resolution). web.archive.org is your friend if you want to find the archive
    – lauhub
    Oct 14, 2019 at 21:08
  • Appears to be a dead link. Sep 16, 2021 at 19:53

NeoOffice claims to offer QuickLook support. This may provide the functionality you are looking for.

Consider making a request for QuickLook support as part of OpenOffice; the community pages are a good place to make this request more likely to be seen by the developers.

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