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I'd like to know if there's any alternative for previewing these kind of filetypes without having to open LibreOffice.

I don't mean the little thumbnail that appears on Nautilus. I mean a basic, simple viewer, just as Image Viewer is to GIMP Image Editor.

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Gloobus Preview should do the job for you. Just search for it in the Ubuntu Software Centre, you can get all the information about it from their Launchpad page

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Thanks @Victor9098. I've installed it but I don't know how to make it work properly in Nautilus. – luisgonzalez Dec 17 '11 at 14:38
It should work by selecting the file with a single click and then pressing the spacebar. Just make sure you do not have Gnome Sushi installed too. The launchpad page I linked to above should have instructions. When you get the screen to pop-up there should be a gear icon in the corner to access the settings. – Victor9098 Dec 17 '11 at 22:40

I agree with Victor9098, except you will also need to install unoconv package. This package is necessary for converting office documents so that gloobus-preview can preview the files without office suite. This requirement has been discussed under this launchpad bug thread.

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should they be installed in order? Because I've installed the gloobus-preview and I can't see anything changed. – luisgonzalez Dec 17 '11 at 14:35
The unoconv worked, although I think that converting the doc to a pdf file just to preview it may not be the smartest thing to do! There must be a better way to do this, but thanks anyway @clearkimura and @victor9098!!! – luisgonzalez Dec 18 '11 at 12:32

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