Tip - Disable the 'Help Agent' Popup logo, while often criticised for its slightly antiquated interface, is arguably the most popular free software and open source office suite and in many cases, a good alternative to Microsoft's ubiquitous software system.

However, like many bits of software, it does have its annoyances. One of these is the 'help agent'. It is almost akin to the hated Office Assistant ('clippy') and pops up from time to time to tell you supposedly helpful things, like how it just corrected something you typed.

Note: today's tip is applicable to all systems where you can run OOo - Windows, Linux (and other Unix) and Mac OS X.

OOo Help Agent

If the popup is really annoying you by being visually distracting, or if just gets on your nerves that it is popping up and trying far too hard to be helpful, it is easy to disable entirely.

To do so, go to Tools > Options and go to the General category.

OOo Tools-Options-General

On that screen, simply uncheck 'Help Agent', click OK, and the little light bulb should bug you no longer.


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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Tip - Disable the 'Help Agent' Popup

  1. Mac (guest)

    # Posted on 05 May 2009 at 01:09 AM

    Thanks! Greetings from Mexico!

  2. Jessica (guest)

    # Posted on 28 October 2010 at 08:06 PM

    Thanks! You were a big help! That lightbulb popping up all the time while I was writing was SO distracting and I didn't want to disable the auto-correct feature altogether.

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