I installed Office 2007 using Wine1.6 on Ubuntu 14.04. Seemed to go fine but I can't find the Office executables to get them to run. I would also like to add the shortcuts to the toolbar or desktop


Microsoft Office 2007 typically installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office on Windows 64-bit. We can kind of assume that this will apply in the case of Wine as well, but we need to change C:\ to a Linux file path.

The default wine prefix, and the drive_c directory, ends up in your user profile data, such that wine's C: drive is in /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c.

Try searching in /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Office as a starting point. Keep in mind that you should probably put that entire string in single quotes, like so: cd '/home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Office'

Within that directory, you should find some kind of OFFICE## directory in there. If I remember correctly, Office 2007 is OFFICE12. The binaries should be within that folder (/home/$USER/.wine/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Office/OFFICE12/). You will need to know the actual executable names to run with the wine command, or you can double click the .exe (winword.exe for example is Word).

  • I do not comment on adding the shortcuts to them because I do not know the logical way to reliably add shortcuts or methods to execute them.
    – Thomas Ward
    Nov 17 '14 at 5:18

The easiest way to install MSO on Linux is with PlayOnLinux. You just choose Microsoft Office from a list, point it to the installer file, and then click through the installer using default values. After that, shortcuts will be installed for Word, Excel etc.

  • Thank you my friend. Worked perfectly. Only hiccup was working out that I needed to mount the disc image from my external HDD. Nov 17 '14 at 23:26

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