Customize or remove the splash screen - Ninja

Customize or remove the splash screen

Posted by Andrew Z at Sunday, March 16, 2008 | Permalink

The splash screen can be a useful way of providing visual feedback that is starting, so the user does not keep trying to start it. However, some people people prefer to remove splash screen, and others prefer to customize the splash screen to match the system theme. 2.4 splash screen

Brendan Whelan designed this 2 splash screen in a contest.

Remove the splash screen

On Windows, use a plain text editor such as notepad.exe to edit c:\Program Files\ 2.4\soffice.ini. The path will vary depending on your version of

On Unix-like systems such as Linux and FreeBSD, use a plain text editor such as vim, emacs, or gedit to edit the file sofficerc. You will need root permissions, so use sudo, su, gksudo, or equivalent. The sofficerc path varies depending on your version and edition of Here are some common paths:

  • Vanilla edition: /opt/openoffice.org2.4/program/sofficerc
  • Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10: /etc/openoffice/sofficerc
  • Mandriva Linux One 2008: /usr/lib/ooo-2.2/program/sofficerc

Find the line that looks like this:

[Bootstrap] Logo=1

Then, change the 1 to a 0. Save and close the file. That's it.

An alternative method is to append -nologo to all the shortcuts. It's easy to create a one shortcut, but it is tedious to change all the launchers. The Logo=0 method is easier.

Another alternative is to simply rename or delete intro.bmp: see the next section on where to find it.

Change the splash screen intro splash screen by dimitrispan88 3 beta (despite the language it is an alpha release black and white splash screen by Thayer

Simply replace intro.bmp with another indexed BMP or a 24-bit RGB, but do not use 32-bit RGB. It's easiest if you start with 440x286 resolution, so you don't have to change the progress bar. You will need root or administrator privileges and a tool such as the GIMP to make BMPs.

The path of intro.bmp varies depending on your edition and version of Common paths include:

  • Mandriva One Linux 2008: /usr/lib/ooo-2.2/program/intro.bmp
  • Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10: /usr/lib/openoffice/program/openintro_ubuntu.bmp
  • Vanilla 2.4 Linux: /opt/openoffice.org2.4/program/intro.bmp
  • Vanilla 2.4 Windows: c:\Program Files\ 2.4\intro.bmp

Here are some pre-made splash screens:

For any others you find, post links to any others in the comments. Of course, you can also make your own.

To customize the progress bar which is painted over the splash screen, edit soffice.ini (Windows) or sofficerc (everyone else). Here are possible keys:

Key Format Notes
ProgressBarColor red,green,blue RGB colors as decimals, not hex Color of the progress bar.
ProgressSize width,height in pixels The size of the progress bar. The default -1,6 sets the width to 263 pixels wide and 6 tall.
ProgressPosition top-left X,top-left Y in pixels The position of the progress bar. The default -1,-1 becomes 212,216.

April fools' joke

Microsoft Office 2007 theme for splash screen

Perhaps you want to scare a friend: oh no, Microsoft bought Sun Microsystems! Perhaps you want to fool colleagues: yeah, we got the Office 2003 to Office 2007 upgrades real cheap, and it's a much smaller installation too! This Office 2007 theme will do the trick.

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