I have been using LibreOffice on my Ubuntu laptop for quite sometime now and everything was fine up until I had to work with word templates with a lot of merge fields and if conditions.

Whenever I open sample templates on Libreoffice writer, it gets all wonky and doesn't even display the merge fields and if conditions already there in the opened word template.

Said templates open without any issue in MS Word on a windows machine.

Is there any alternative for MS Word that I can use to create and edit such templates on my Ubuntu machine?


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Due to how proprietary and complicated Microsoft Word is, I'm afraid there isn't a solution to this that doesn't involve running actual desktop Word. Even Microsoft, who has access to the source code of Word, can't make features like this work in their web version of Word.

  • Yeah... Seems like a futile effort... Commented May 6, 2022 at 16:34
  • I’ve run a Windows VM on Ubuntu on some pretty old/cheap hardware. It’s not going to be fast but would probably work if you really need it. Or if you have fast enough internet and are willing to pay $5/mo you could get a Windows VPS and remote into it.
    – Ray Walz
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 18:16

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