Sometimes when I open Libre Writer document it doesn't show its window.

But I can see from the launcher that in fact it is open.

When I opened multiple documents, the same behaviour - if I click on the Writer's launcher, invisible windows hover - only close buttons are seen.

The problem was solved after I deleted configuration files of libreoffice from /home/.config directory and entered through Libre Office from the Dash.

But, what caused the problem?


Resize the window using unity keyboard shortcuts

This happened to me in LibreOffice Calc on Ubuntu 14.04.

  1. Press Alt+Space, R.

  2. Then move your mouse to desired window size.

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    Wonderful solution. Good to know about this alt+space feature! Jun 13 '19 at 5:53

Following steps might help

  1. Use Alt + tab to navigate to LibreOffice
  2. Change the view to 'full screen' using Shift + Ctrl + j
  3. Use Windows + s to see all workspaces
  4. Click on LibreOffice, drag it below until you see the maximize option on top left
  5. double-click somewhere on the work space with LibreOffice
  6. Upon maximizing the workspace, click on the maximize button in LibreOffice (top left)

You should get your LibreOffice normal view back.

Tested on: Ubuntu 16.04

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    Indeed, playing with shift+ctrl+j allowed the resize/reduce/close window buttons to be back... I have no idea why Open Office didn't show these buttons on 1st start and needs such madness to make them appear : )
    – Xenos
    Jan 11 '20 at 10:57

I'm not sure if this will help anyone with troubleshooting, but you can re-size those windows to get them to display.

(I had this happen in Impress, and I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong for two weeks).

  • I had the same problem and resizing the window using keyboard shortcuts helped me (i had no resize buttons) thank you!
    – Rabbit
    Feb 6 '16 at 15:38

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