My LibreOffice installation looks like Windows 95. The rest of my Xubuntu looks okay. Why? How can I fix it?

current Libreoffice looks
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On the screenshot Leafpad and Calculator are open for comparison.

Libreoffice Xubuntu dialog window
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Libreoffice Xubuntu main screen
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By investigating with Synaptic and trial & error method I came up with the solution:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-tango libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-gtk3

I have no idea why these packages were missing. I hope this helps someone.

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  • Tango installed well, but didn't help. Gtk and gtk3 styles were not found in repository. I also found a "human" style, which changed nothing. – Justinas Dūdėnas Apr 26 '13 at 18:24
  • libreoffice-gtk3 and libreoffice-gtk are from standard quantal repositories. You have to have them. I had typos in their names, @chaskes corrected it. – Honza Javorek Apr 29 '13 at 7:34
  • To Gentoo users: You need the gtk USE flag on when building app-office/libreoffice (or, don't explicitly have it -gtk in your make.conf, for example). – Pistos Jun 21 '18 at 14:29
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gtk

Also upper command line works for lubuntu (LXDE). For example with flat gtk theme 'victory' and 'papirus' icons LibreOffice looks great.

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The minimum requirements to get the correct look for LibreOffice in Xubuntu is libreoffice-gtk along with either libreoffice-style-tango or libreoffice-style-human

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    As of 2015 on Mint/Cinnamon, only libreoffice-gtk was needed. Human style is apparently built-in. – pileofrocks Aug 7 '15 at 4:58
sudo apt install --no-install-recommends libreoffice-gtk3

Just install what is needed to make your LibreOffice beautiful again.

Works on (X|L)Ubuntu 18.04+.

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