Sending a LibreOffice document as an email attachment

Setting up LibreOffice to send the working document as an email attachment.

LibreOffice can pass the working document to many mail clients. Your mail client will open a message composition window with the document attached in the format of your choosing. To work, it needs the following:

  • Java installed and recognized by LibreOffice
  • A supported mail client

Java is needed by LibreOffice to make the “Send as email” button work. On one installation without Java (LibreOffice 3.6.1, Windows Vista 32 bit), attempting to send as email crashed LibreOffice.

Supported mail clients differ by platform:

Annoyingly, there is no list of supported mail clients, so you’ll have to read LibreOffice’s senddoc script to see what they are. You can view the latest one online, or you can look at your local installation; on openSUSE 12.3 x86_64 and LibreOffice 3.6 it is found at /usr/lib64/libreoffice/program/senddoc. LibreOffice 3.5 supports the Mozilla family (Thunderbird/Icedove, Seamonkey/Iceape, etc.), the Sylpheed family (Sylpheed/Claws Mail), Evolution, Kmail, Mutt, Groupwise, and DTmail.

Opera Mail 12 is not directly supported, but a third-party script provides an easy workaround.

LibreOffice uses the mail client set as default in Windows’ Control Panel and supports all MAPI-compliant mail clients.


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