LibreOffice Nag Notices

Occasionally when using LibreOffice I see a blue banner:

Help us make LibreOffice even better!

Included in the banner is a Get Involved button.

There is a similar banner:

Your donations support our worldwide community.

Included in the banner is a Donate button.

LibreOffice is free/libre software and is free in price. Perhaps an occasional nag notice is acceptable with something that is free in price. There also is a desire to encourage users to learn about and help with the project.

The nag notices are designed to trigger every 90 or 180 days. A three or six month nag notice is more palatable than a nag every instance, yet some users prefer a way to disable the notice, such as business users.

I found a related bug report.

The date stamps are stored in $HOME/.config/libreoffice/4/user/registrymodifications.xcu, in the LastTimeGetInvolvedShown and LastTimeDonateShown variables. The values are epoch dates.

The nag notices can be disabled.

To no avail I tried both of the following methods.

  1. Close LibreOffice.
  2. Launch a text editor.
  3. Open $HOME/.config/libreoffice/4/user/registrymodifications.xcu.
  4. Change both values to 0 (zero).


  1. Launch LibreOffice.
  2. Select Tools->Options->LibreOffice->Advanced.
  3. Select Open Expert Configuration.
  4. Search for LastTime.
  5. Change both values to 0 (zero).

Neither method succeeded. Based on viewing viewfrm.cxx in the source code and the original bug report, I created a global sledge hammer. In $BASEDIR/share/registry I created noinfobarnags.xcd:

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <oor:data xmlns:xs="" xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:oor="">
      <dependency file="main" />
      <oor:component-data xmlns:install="" oor:name="Setup" oor:package="org.openoffice">
        <node oor:name="Product">
          <prop oor:name="LastTimeGetInvolvedShown" oor:op="fuse" oor:finalized="true">
          <prop oor:name="LastTimeDonateShown" oor:op="fuse" oor:finalized="true">

With the sledge hammer I no longer see any occurrences of the values in my profile registrymodifications.xcu. Inspecting the values in the Expert Configuration dialog shows both values at zero.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: General

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