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Cannot open MS documents on remote PC
Jonathan Harrison
Posted 2017-10-17 16:27
I am running Linux xfce on a number of PCs and laptops.  ALL up to date.  I am using the latest crossover and installed MS Office.  All works fine except for one thing.  I can not open any MS Office documents that are stored on other machines.  I.e. by this I mean if I have a document *.docx on a laptop, I can open the directory it is stored in from another PC/Laptop on the LAN but I can not open it using the Crossover/MS Office.  I can open it using one of the native apps, such as Libra.  But I do not want that as the formating goes all over the place.

If I try and open by dropdown and selecting Open and trying to follow the various paths, there is no network listed in Media or MNT or even the shortcuts on the desktop even if mounted.

I have ONE machine that does work though.  It was set up a couple of years ago with Crossover support, but I can not recall what I did.  I am sure it was in WINE config, but the latest versions of Crossover do not list the config anywhere.....

Any help please???
J-P Simard
J-P Simard Omniscient Mystical Exalted Nigh-invincible Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate, Rank 4
Posted 2017-10-17 17:06
I think you need the set up the remote drive in the bottle of Office.

In the control panel of the bottle, you should see something named like "configure wine" or "winecfg". I'm not sure of the name, as my interface is in french, I can't point to the online manual either, the site errors out.

In any case, in winecfg (which is at least the name of the executable), you will find a tab which should let you add a drive you have mounted to your system and give it a drive letter, like under windows. With this, I'm fairly certain accessing network drives (on any distant computer) should be a breeze.
Hoyt Duff
Hoyt Duff Advocate
Posted 2017-10-17 17:07
It sounds like you need to create a link in the Crossover bottle to the network drive that holds the document.

In Wine configuration for the bottle you are using, I think you choose Advanced properties and use Type: Network Share and set the path to where the network share is actually mounted on your local machine.

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