Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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beny
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Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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Softmaker Office 2021 Portable (TextMaker + PlanMaker) creates "Bullets", "PlanMaker 2021 templates" and "TextMaker 2021 templates" folders in C:\Users\USER\Documents\SoftMaker when you run it. If you delete these folders, they will be created again the next time you start the application.
At the same time \Portable\SoftMaker Office Portable\ has \SoftMaker\ folder with the specified subfolders and it is this folder that is specified in the application settings as the folder for saving templates.
What's the reason, how can I prevent the creation of folders in C:\Users\USER\Documents\? :(
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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SoftMaker Office simply repairs its installation. An Office suite without templates or designs is incomplete, so it restores these files.

Now, that these files are created in C:\Users most likely has the reason that you don't have "portable.txt" file in the SoftMaker Office program folder. If you do, these files will be created on the same drive as the portable install.

The easiest to achieve the desired configuration is to run usbstick.exe.
beny
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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Thank for the answer!
I am doing everything correctly. In the portable version, there are folders with templates, the paths to them are correct. There is a portable.txt file. I create through usbstick.exe, did a clean installation of Office and repeat the creation of Portable, but the result is the same - in C:\Users\USER\Documents\ creates folder SoftMaker with subfolders of templates, all folders are empty.
Of course, it's not so bad, but I would like these empty folders are not created :(
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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Could you please provide us with a directory listing of the office folder on the USBstick?
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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In the file \SoftMaker Office Portable\SoftMaker\Settings\install.ini, the default path is stubbornly written
[Install2021]
DefaultDocumentPath=C:\Users\USER\Documents\SoftMaker\.
Changed the path to my own, now the unfortunate folders are not created. Problem solved. Thank for help!
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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Then I realized that if I delete the install.ini file, the file will be generated with the correct path when starting SoftMaker.
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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Thanks for letting me know. I enquired the developers if that file can be skipped when creating the USB portable version, to avoid such cases as yours.
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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The next version of USBstick.exe will no longer copy the file install.ini into the USB device :)
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Re: Portable mode creates unnecessary folders

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miguel-c wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:57 pm The next version of USBstick.exe will no longer copy the file install.ini into the USB device :)
Great! Thank! :thumbsup:
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