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Hi I'm new to Ubuntu having finally given up the ghost with Windows 8! On Ubuntu 13.04, I've used the Software Centre to install a number of apps including Skype. However OpenOffice is proving very tiresome.

This is the download:


It won't install from the Software Centre, or from double click. Right click doesn't offer an install option.

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marked as duplicate by Raja, Seth, Alvar, Thomas Ward, bcbc May 22 '13 at 21:14

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Welcome to AskUbuntu! Your question seems to be similar to this one. If those answers don't fully address your question please edit it to include why. On the other hand, why not give LibreOffice (installed by default) a try? – carnendil May 22 '13 at 18:00
Why not try libre office? It's based on Open office and installed by default. – Alvar May 22 '13 at 18:01

Well first thing to do is remove Libreoffice if its installed. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Then to install OpenOffice you do:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/openoffice 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install apache-openoffice

I just tested it on 13.04, and it works.

Source for OpenOffice Install:Upubuntu

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Cheers - worked a treat – gpslok May 25 '13 at 11:51
If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted. – Mitch May 25 '13 at 12:59
W: Failed to fetch… 404 Not Found – Vitaly Zdanevich Nov 5 '13 at 14:17
@VitalyZdanevich The above PPA will not work for 13.10. To install for 13.10 see here. – Mitch Nov 5 '13 at 14:30
@Hibou57 Take a look at the second duplicate answer, or here – Mitch Jan 25 at 10:42

or you can install "Libre Office" which is totally identical with the former OpenOffice which declared as a fork to that project by Oracle. More info is at : Difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice

use Terminal and write :

1- if you already found it in Ubuntu and wand to have the latest version :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-0
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2- OR if you didn't have it installed just write :

sudo apt-get install libreoffice
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The OP asked for OpenOffice, not LibreOffice. – Hibou57 Jan 25 at 10:22

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