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I'm running Ms Office on Ubuntu 12 using Wine 1.4. Everything is working fine , except the built-in help. I'm unable to see anything in the help dialogues.

How can I solve this issue ? Im posting a screen-shot which I have taken while working on Excel 2007.

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I can not specificly help you as I am not using this configuration, but for other windows applications i needed to download specific fonts. Maybe this is required here too. On the other hand, did the windows help ever help you? Never worked for me :) – Martin H Aug 30 '12 at 14:31
Sometime ! yes. But the more important question is why it is not working and how can i get it working. – Curious Apprentice Aug 30 '12 at 14:39
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Problem solved. I needed to install Internet Explorer 8. I think this was the dependency that needed to be fixed.

 Use winetrick's own built-in installation feature to install IE8
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Without any real information, I have two guesses:

  1. You're missing fonts that it requires. There are a couple of ways to install them. The first is to open up winetricks (which I think ships with Wine now, but if not sudo apt-get install winetricks) and find msttcorefonts and install it. The other is through the multiverse Ubuntu repos. Make sure multiverse is enabled in the package manager, then run sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts. Restart Office and Wine and see if it works.

  2. The other guess is that it's running what can be described in layman's terms as a stripped-down browser. In which case, it may need either libgecko or (probably more likely) some libraries for Internet Explorer. This answer has a number of different ways to obtain these libraries. I would probably try the easiest of them, first, with winetricks ie8 and see where that gets you.

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