Anything LibreOffice will not open.

I can open it if I switch user to guest.

I have searched and gotten many results for this problem, so that it seems to be common, but the answers are unintelligible to me. This one here said:

...there is a hidden folder ~/.config (so in your home directory). Could you make >it visible by typing Ctrl+H while in your home directory and remove the libreoffice >folder inside that folder? Good chance that all works fine then. Possibly (probably, my >guess) some settings file is damaged. Those files are not removed when uninstalling I >believe. – Jacob Vlijm 2 days ago

I don't know HOW to do this. Could someone please take it the very beginning, for someone like me who doesn't just know this stuff? Again, it seems like a common problem with an easy fix, if I just knew HOW.

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    you must be referring to this on: askubuntu.com/questions/561711/libre-office-will-not-open which I answered in a comment and was posted by OP then as an answer :) Possibly the cause is the same in your case. You have to remove the LibreOffice settings folder. 1.Simply go to your personal folder in nautilus (the file manager) 2. On your keyboard, press Control+H. 3. A lot of folders will show up that were hidden before, a.o. a folder named .config. Open it. 3. look for a folder named libreoffice . remove it, log out and back in. Jul 2, 2015 at 5:06

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i'm not going to add anything to Jacob comment but just inserting some screenshots to help:

Open your file manager and go to your home(it will open there by default).

Show hidden file by pressing CTRL+h

Now you can find many hidden files/dirs search for that named .config

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Now open that directory and search for directory called libreoffice

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Now remove this dir by pressing Delete or rightclick --> Move to Trash

Now log out and log in again then try to open libroffice again


An additionally answer using terminal way:

Open a terminal with CtrlAltT and fire this command:

rm -r ~/.config/libreoffice

This command deletes the folder .config/libreoffice in your home folder ~, but not the folde .config itself ;)

Alternatively you could create a backup of the folder with:

mv ~/.config/libreoffice ~/.config/libreoffice_bak
  • This worked - but when I re-opened calc it was a tiny icon in the top-left corner of the screen, very small and easy to miss. resizing this once then cured the problem (as the window was always created to the old dimension and placement).
    – colin0117
    Aug 25, 2020 at 14:01

You should check if libreoffice didn't open a modal window in the background asking about recovering a document after a crash.

Such a modal window can appear in the background, underneath all other application windows, without any corresponding application being listed in your task bar.

If you try to launch the main application again, it will simply quit, and it will look like nothing happened, but the modal window is in fact still there in the background.

Try minimizing any and all window to check for that modal window, and answer the question.


I had the same problem with my Ubuntu 14.04 and wanted to just remove and reinstall, but somehow I got lucky. Here is how I was able to fix it.

  1. Go to your Ubuntu Software Center and search for any of the LibreOffice packages (e.g. LibreOffice Calc).
  2. Click on it and then click on Remove and wait.
  3. You will receive a message indicating that the package cannot be removed because it has a problem and you will be asked it you want to fix it. Just accept by clicking on Yes.
  4. The entire LibreOffice suite will be fixed and you should be able work with any of the packages in it again.
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    That won't solve the issue with that apparently existed in the per-user application configuration in OP's user profile as explained in the question. -1 Feb 24, 2018 at 11:24

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