I'd like to know if there's any alternative for previewing these kind of filetypes without having to open LibreOffice.

I don't mean the little thumbnail that appears on Nautilus. I mean a basic, simple viewer, just as Image Viewer is to GIMP Image Editor.


Gloobus Preview should do the job for you. Just search for it in the Ubuntu Software Centre, you can get all the information about it from their Launchpad page

  • Thanks @Victor9098. I've installed it but I don't know how to make it work properly in Nautilus. – luisgonzalez Dec 17 '11 at 14:38
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    It should work by selecting the file with a single click and then pressing the spacebar. Just make sure you do not have Gnome Sushi installed too. The launchpad page I linked to above should have instructions. When you get the screen to pop-up there should be a gear icon in the corner to access the settings. – Victor9098 Dec 17 '11 at 22:40

I agree with Victor9098, except you will also need to install unoconv package. This package is necessary for converting office documents so that gloobus-preview can preview the files without office suite. This requirement has been discussed under this launchpad bug thread.

  • should they be installed in order? Because I've installed the gloobus-preview and I can't see anything changed. – luisgonzalez Dec 17 '11 at 14:35
  • The unoconv worked, although I think that converting the doc to a pdf file just to preview it may not be the smartest thing to do! There must be a better way to do this, but thanks anyway @clearkimura and @victor9098!!! – luisgonzalez Dec 18 '11 at 12:32

Right now I am using gnome-sushi. You can install it like this:

sudo apt-get install gnome-sushi

Then after the installation you are able to get a quick view on the preview of a file. You can access this animation by single-clicking on the file and then pressing the space-bar. Got it from here if you want an expert to talk about this.

I hope this helps. :D


Found another tool that allows you to also quickly review .doc and .docx files. It's called gloobus-sushi. To install this feature you have to remove gnome-sushi

sudo apt-get remove gnome-sushi

sudo apt autoremove

After you have removed this program you can install gloobus-sushi like this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gloobus-preview

For some types of documents you have to install unoconv and gnumeric:

sudo apt-get install unoconv gnumeric

Now you have to install Gloobus Preview helper tool which integrates the application with either Nautilus or Nemo:

  • Nautilus:

    sudo apt-get install gloobus-sushi
    nautilus -q
  • Nemo:

    sudo apt-get install nemo-gloobus-sushi
    nemo -q

After the installation you are able to preview every file. To use this awesome feature you have to single-click on the file and then press the space-bar.

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