I have installed the latest version of libreoffice a while ago and I just updated ubuntu 12.04. When I opened the libreoffice document, the text in the globalmenu is missing and you only see the highlight color selecteing the menu where the text would be.


UPDATE: A bug was filled, and the PPA for 12.04 has been rebuilt.

Simply do:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

The only way I found to deal with this bug for now is to remove the following packages:

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-gtk libreoffice-gtk3

The menu will look like a Windows 95 app, but it shows.


Exactly the same problem here, after doing an update just an hour ago. Tried deleting my user profile and also uninstalling, apt-get autoclean and reinstalling, but nothing seems to work. It still doesn't work when I install the Spanish language pack, which I hoped might restore the texts.

UPDATED: This seems to be the same as reported in question 297743, which was closed as it corresponds to a bug report.


sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-gtk

  • It would be helpful if you could you explain how removing a LibreOffice package would restore the text for LibreOffice? – Kevin Bowen May 27 '13 at 6:53

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