I need to install Microsoft Word & Excel in Ubuntu 14.04. Please assist step by step as I am new to Ubuntu.


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    If it's solely for printing, have you considered trying the online versions of Word and Excel available through OneDrive? Apr 27, 2015 at 8:43
  • @MatthewSteeples That is a good idea. But I dont have an account and got stuck. Anyway figured out I could export the document as a PDF and get printouts. Thanks
    – Jay
    Apr 27, 2015 at 10:29
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    I downvote your question because it lacks of effort
    – Ooker
    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:15

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You can use Wine AppDB for MS Office 2010 (32-Bit) for running MS Office on your Ubuntu . Wine Version 1.5.13 or better is required for greater compatibility. Although I'd recommend using Libre Office instead of MS as it's already installed and works as fine as MS .

  • I do use LibreOffice but when I am trying to get printouts of documents created using LibreOffice, the pages are scrambled. I installed Wine and PlayOnLinux. Can you please give the steps to install MS Office?
    – Jay
    Apr 27, 2015 at 6:04
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    @Jay There are a few resources about that. You should first try to do some search.
    – Bakuriu
    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:36
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    LibreOffice is ridiculously worse than MS Office, for many features. Also, it doesn't answer the original question but simply suggests a clearly inferior product.
    – neuronet
    Apr 16, 2017 at 19:11

A sure solution is to use a virtual machine with minimal winxp install using nLite & office 2003. Its is fast and with recent updates to VirtualBox it can be seamless.

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    I wouldn't suggest XP…
    – Léo Lam
    Apr 27, 2015 at 9:52
  • @LéoLam You don't have to put any network options active for XP making it a light weight option. But yeah... XP...
    – Rob
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:37

They can not be installed in Ubuntu. using wine is a nightmare. If you insist using them I suggest install a windows in vbox and install them in windows there.

  • This should be the accepted answer. The best advice for when you can't run something on Ubuntu, is to just get yourself a Windows license and run it there. It's not worth the fight. Remember, your time is valuable, and chances are that any solution will be at best, sub-optimal, and at worst, unusable. Jun 8, 2018 at 19:21

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