Since the update to Mac OS 10.11.6 the security preferences are not working properly. I'm trying to open OpenOffice and, even though I have disabled limitations, it is refusing to open and keeps telling me that the settings need changing.

  • hm, it seems that downloading and reinstalling again and opening via context menu might be a workaround for this. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 13:37
  • May I suggest to change to LibreOffice? Never had such kind of problems, including the latest version.
    – Yoan
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 16:38
  • The app itself isn't relevant, this is about the security settings in MacOS. I do have LibreOffice installed but I find it less stable than OpenOffice and it has a worse UI. Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 9:30

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After failing to open the app, go to System Preferences -> Security. It should refer to blocking openOffice and give you an option to open it.

  • It did have the option and I did click on it. It made no difference. As noted above I had to reinstall the program and go through the hoops several times even though I had all restrictions disabled. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 15:12

instead of clicking on the app select open then it opens

  • Except that isn't what happened. Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 15:13
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    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 20:35

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