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One of the most interesting features of the new LibreOffice 4 is the direct compatibility with Unity's menu bar and HUD.

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So I've just installed this wonderful new release. Everything works fine... excepting that. So, as an active user of every existing HUD at Ubuntu, I would like to know how to enable it, as I haven't found any info in LibreOffice's Wiki, in Ask Ubuntu or in the web in general.

And please... do NOT post lo-menubar because it just won't work.

As usual... thanks in advance! :)

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Now you can install from the Libreoffice 4.0 PPA and avoid cannibalizing lo-menubar. – carnendil Mar 6 '13 at 20:59
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Menubar extension is working for me, but not the lo-menubar*.deb - the guts of this package. I don't know how long it would be working. This is very ugly hack and use it at your own risk. Just check it out:

I'm using ubuntu 12.04, libreoffice 4.0.0 and menubar 0.1.1. I don't know if this is working in 12.10, but really want to know.

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It does work in Ubuntu 12.10 – To Do Feb 18 '13 at 13:26
The folder /usr/lib/libreoffice doesn't exists in my Ubuntu :( – espectalll Feb 18 '13 at 15:02
That's because LO 4.0 is in /opt/libreoffice4.0 :) In /usr/lib/libreoffice was ubuntu's libreoffice. – wrzomar Feb 18 '13 at 16:06
So I have to reinstall LibreOffice 3 just to copy the toolbar? Whoa, I'd love to download thousands of MB to get just a few ones! ^^ – espectalll Feb 18 '13 at 16:33
Just download lo-menubar_0.1.1-0ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb for amd64 or lo-menubar_0.1.1-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb for i386. Unpack it using mc or file roller. Find menubar folder in extensions folder and copy to /opt/libreoffice4.0/share/extensions/. – wrzomar Feb 18 '13 at 16:59

How did you install LibreOffice 4.0? Did you use the .deb file? I have heard this does not provide the Ubuntu-centric features, like the menu bar integration. I installed by adding the official LibreOffice ppa and running a dist-upgrade; this seemed to work great! Menu bar is integrated and it replaced the old LibreOffice; even my custom shortcuts on the launcher launched the new vesion.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you don't have LibreOffice installed for whatever reason, then instead of the last line, type this.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice
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For me, even the workaround with lo-menubar did not work. I was stuck in a situation where I couldnt install an older version of libre office with lo-menubar - because i couldn't install lo-menubar as long as there is a mismatch in some dependencies.

Here is my solution to get at least the old LO Version working with HUD again:

  • completely deinstall LO 4
  • install the recent LO 3.6
  • follow the instructions of wrzomar: download lo-menubar_0.1.1-0ubuntu0.1_amd64.deb for amd64 or lo-menubar_0.1.1-0ubuntu0.1_i386.deb for i386 ( Unpack it. Find menubar folder in extensions folder and copy to /opt/libreoffice3.6/share/extensions/.

==> now I have libre office 3.6 and HUD working again

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