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LibreOffice, the popular free open-source office suite, announced a new major release this Wednesday.

It’s LibreOffice 24.2.0, the first release introduced the new calendar-based numbering scheme (YY.M). Meaning it’s release in February, 2024.

The release added better support for Qt-based UI variants. It automatically switches to dark app color and dark icon theme for KDE Plasma when the desktop is set to dark style.

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LibreOffice, the default office suite in most Linux, announced the new 7.5 feature release today!

The new release has greatly improved the dark mode support. It now has fully dark appearance, instead of leaving the document background white in dark mode.

LibreOffice 7.5 now has new icons for standard app shortcuts, MIME types, and macOS specific app shortcuts. App start center now includes a filter box for Recent Documents.

A better single-toolbar user interface is available under “View -> User Interface” menu, with context-aware controls and their customization support.

The “Writer” app gains new Plain Text content control and Combo Box content control. And, Content Control now supports titles and tags, as well as exporting to PDF.

For “CALC”, data tables are now supported in charts, the Function Wizard allows to search for descriptions. And, Impress & Draw gets a new set of default table styles.

Other changes in LibreOffice 7.5 include:

  • Much more visible bookmarks in writer.
  • Initial machine translation based on DeepL translate APIs
  • Ability to define a custom color for Grammar mistakes in the Application Colors dialog.
  • “Spell out” number formats in CALC.
  • Ability to crop inserted videos in the slide and still play them
  • Run presenter console can run as a normal window.

See short video about new features of LibreOffice 7.5:

How to Install LibreOffice 7.5 in Ubuntu Linux.

LibreOffice is available to install in 4 different package formats: Deb, Flatpak, AppImage, and Snap.

NOTE: User can install all of them side by side in same machine, meaning have duplicated app icons in start menu (‘Activities’ overview search results).

Option 1: Deb package

Libreoffice website offers official .deb packages, which is however built for supporting all Debian based systems.

For better integration, the LibreOffice Fresh PPA is HIGHLY recommended for Ubuntu Linux. User can press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command to add it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

NOTE: The PPA so far contains LibreOffice v7.5 for only Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 22.10

Then, run regular updates via Software Updater (Update Manager) app will update the pre-installed LibreOffice packages to the latest!

Option 2: Snap package

Snap is an universal package runs in sandbox. Ubuntu 20.04 and higher can easily search for and install LibreOffice as Snap from Ubuntu Software.

As mentioned, install LibreOffice Snap will cause duplicated app icons to the pre-installed package.

Option 3: Flatpak package

Flatpak is another universal package runs in sandbox. It’s a competitor to Snap. Users can run following commands one by one to install LibreOffice as Flatpak.

  • First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then run command to install Flatpak daemon:
    sudo apt install flatpak
  • Next, install the office suite as Flatpak via command:
    flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.libreoffice.LibreOffice.flatpakref

Option 4: AppImage

AppImage is an non-install package format runs in most Linux. It’s a good choice to try AppImage until the LibreOffice Fresh PPA updated for the new release packages.

Just grab the package from the official website:

Then, right-click and go file “Properties” dialog, add executable as program permission under Permission tab, and finally click run the AppImage to launch the office suite.

Uninstall:

For the LibreOffice PPA package, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

It will remove the PPA repository and downgrade the office suite to the pre-installed version.

For the Flatpak package, run the command below to remove it:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

For other two, either uninstall via Ubuntu Software or just remove the package file.

For those prefer native .deb packages, LibreOffice 7.4 is finally available to install via LibreOffice Fresh PPA.

Major release packages always take longer time to be published into PPA. And it’s been almost one month for this new 7.4 release.

Features of LibreOffice 7.4 include:

  • WebP image format support
  • New remote grammar checker: LanguageTool API
  • EMZ/WMZ files support.
  • Writer supports clearing breaks from Word.
  • sparklines support for Calc.

Install LibreOffice 7.4 via PPA:

The office suite offers official Flatpak, Snap, and Deb packages for downloading in its website. However, all of them will install another copy, which causes duplicated shortcut icons in Ubuntu.

For all current Ubuntu releases (Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04) and their based systems, the LibreOffice PPA is highly recommended. Since the PPA is maintained by Ubuntu community members, and it will upgrade the system built office packages instead of installing another ones.

1. Add the PPA

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Upgrade LibreOffice

After adding the PPA, search for and launch “Software Updater” from Activities overview. Or, open ‘Update Manager’ (and refresh) depends on your system.

There you should see LibreOffice packages available to update. Just click install and wait until done.

For choice, you may run the command below in terminal to install or update to Libreoffice 7.4:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install libreoffice

How to Restore:

For any issue, you may restore the packages to stock version in system repository. To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, and run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

This command will first install ppa-purge tool, and use it to purge the PPA which also downgrade all installed packages from that repository.

Ubuntu’s default LibreOffice office suite 7.2.5 was released today. User may install it from the official PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 21.10 and Linux Mint 20.x

LibreOffice 7.2.5 comes with 90 bug-fixes, including many crashes when recent files are not accessible, inserting hidden field over input field, one click and three TAB presses, saving a calc file after delete some columns, and more. See the release note for details.

How to Install the Latest LibreOffice in Ubuntu:

The software is available to install as Snap, Flatpak, and AppImage. Though, I recommend the classic .deb package via its official PPA repository.

1. Add LibreOffice PPA:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, paste and run the command below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Update package cache:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and some Ubuntu based systems, user needs to manually update system package cache by running command:

sudo apt upgrade

3. Install/Upgrade Libreoffice:

Finally install the office suite via command:

sudo apt install libreoffice

Or upgrade the software package using Software Updater utility:

How to Restore:

To revert back the original office version, run command in terminal to install ppa-purge tool and purge the PPA repository.

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

LibreOffice office suite 7.1.2, the second bug-fix release for the 7.1 series, now is available to install in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20, Ubuntu 20.10 via its official PPA.

LibreOffice 7.1.2 comes with 61 bug-fixes. Here are some of them according to the changelog:

  • Paste sometimes deactivated in (context) menu even though text copied to clipboard and CTRL+V functioning.
  • Writer: wrong header/footer during export to DOCX.
  • LibreOffice text blurry on Retina displays on macOS 11.
  • Font rendering display error (skia) and some DejaVu fonts.
  • Cannot open .docx in writer – format openXML.
  • Orca no longer reads many options on the sidebar in Linux.
  • Autocorrect no longer works with Change Tracking enabled.
  • elementary: New Arrow Style for Undo and Redo.
  • Crash when importing docx file.
  • PDF export with buttons won’t work in Adobe Reader.

How to Install LibreOffice 7.1.2 via PPA:

1. Add the PPA.

LibreOffice Fresh PPA has made the packages for all current Ubuntu releases. You can add it to your system by launching terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Install LibreOffice 7.1.2.

After adding the PPA, you can either update your system packages including the office suite via command:

sudo apt full-upgrade

or launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and select install the package updates:

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software and remove the relevant line.

or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreoffice/ppa

You can alternatively purge the PPA, which also downgrade LibreOffice to the pre-installed version:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

The official LibreOffice Fresh PPA finally made the LibreOffice 7.1 packages for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10.

LibreOffice, Ubuntu’s default office suite, released version 7.1 almost a month ago. The new release features new Additions Dialog to better integrate extensions, new User Interface select dialog, new widget with styles preview in tabbed Notebookbar.

LibreOffice Math gets full support of HTML colors, and new examples in Element pane. The Writer application features faster find/replace, a new Style Inspector, and better detection of Unicode in documents. LibreOffice Impress gains new animation presets and adds “Pause/Resume” and “Exit” buttons.

How to Install LibreOffice 7.1 via Ubuntu PPA:

For Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20, firstly open terminal and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

After that, open Software Updater and you’ll see the package updates for office suite after checking for updates.

Just install all the updates and done!

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can restore the office suite to the original pre-installed version, by running command in terminal to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

LibreOffice

LibreOffice office suite 7.0 was released a few days ago. For those sticking to the PPA .deb packages, you can now install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 19.x, and 20.

LibreOffice 7.0 release highlights:

  • ODF 1.3 document support
  • Skia graphics engine + Vulkan support.
  • Better Microsoft Office DOCX / XLSX / PPTX support.
  • remove Adobe Flash export support
  • HiDPI, import/export, and other improvements.

How to Install LibreOffice 7.0 via PPA:

1. Add the PPA.

LibreOffice 7.0.x specific PPA has been created hours ago contains the latest deb packages. You can add it to your system by launching terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-7-0

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

You may alternatively add the LibreOffice Fresh PPA and wait it to be updated via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

2. Install LibreOffice 7.0.

Software Updater utility will keep back the new PPA packages. So you have to run command in terminal to install / upgrade to LibreOffice 7.0:

sudo apt full-upgrade

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-7-0

For any reason you want to revert back to the Ubuntu stock LibreOffice version, instead of removing the PPA, run command to purge it which also downgrade all installed packages:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-7-0

LibreOffice

LibreOffice, Ubuntu pre-installed office suite, released version 6.4 today as the latest “fresh” version.

LibreOffice 6.4.0 so far is recommended for technology enthusiasts, which contains new features and program enhancements.

LibreOffice 6.4 release highlights include:

  • Option to mark comments as resolved in Writer
  • Possible to comment on Writer images and charts
  • btLr text direction in Writer.
  • Allow-overlap shape property in Writer
  • Export Calc files to PDF with all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF.
  • Add ‘Remove Hyperlink’ to context menu in Impress
  • Add ‘Consolidate Text’ which combines multiple selected textboxes into one
  • Access2Base callable from Python
  • Doc, DocX, PPT, PPTX, Excel 2003 XML import/export improvements.
  • Draw MIME type icon overlay on thumbnails at the start center
  • Add new ‘Table’ sidebar panel to Writer

How to Install the Latest LibreOffice in Ubuntu:

Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1.) Add LibreOffice Fresh PPA. It contains v6.3.4 at the moment, and v6.4 packages will be available in a few days.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

For enterprises, the mature “still” version (v6.3 so far) of LibreOffice is recommended. See HERE.

2.) Once the official PPA updated with the new packages, you’re able to upgrade the office suite through the Software Updater utility:

Uninstall:

You can either remove the LibreOffice PPA via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab,

or purge the PPA which also downgrade LibreOffice to the default pre-installed version via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

LibreOffice

Ubuntu’s default office suite LibreOffice released version 6.3.1 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives.

LibreOffice 6.3 “Fresh” is a major new release that features:

  • Writer and Calc performance improvements.
  • The Tabbed Compact NotebookBar UI now available for Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw
  • Export as PDF improved with the support for the standard PDF/A-2 document format,
  • Export support for DOTX and XLTX, import of charts from DOCX, import/export of SmartArt from PPTX files

And LibreOffice 6.3.1 is the first minor release of the LibreOffice 6.3 family, that brings a large list of bug-fixes and a key security improvement.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.3.1 in Ubuntu:

LibreOffice 6.3 “fresh” is targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users. For production environments and users who prefer robustness, use LibreOffice 6.2.x PPA instead.

1. Open terminal either from application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keboard. When it opens, run command to add the LibreOffice Fresh PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no interisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and install updates for new LibreOffice packages:

or simply run commands in terminal after adding the PPA:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install libreoffice

Uninstall:

To remove the LibreOffice PPA only, run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:libreoffice/ppa

To remove the PPA as well as downgrade LibreOffice to the pre-installed version:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

LibreOffice

Libreoffice, Ubuntu’s default office suite, released version 6.3 a few days ago. Here’s how to upgrade it in Ubuntu 18.04 and/or Ubuntu 19.04 via PPA.

LibreOffice 6.3 release highlights:

  • New ‘Tabbed Compact UI’
  • improved PDF export
  • improved Microsfot office file formats support.
  • Redact documents to remove/hide sensitive information
  • New ‘Tip-Of-The-Day’ dialog on startup

Although LibreOffice offers the latest snap package (runs in sandbox) in Ubuntu Software utility, you can choose upgrade the pre-installed LibreOffice package using the Fresh PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts, or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the LibreOffice PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback while typing) when it prompts, and read terminal output for PPA description and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then you’ll see the upgrade available in Software Updater after checking for updates.

Or run commands in terminal to install LibreOffice:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install libreoffice

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, you can skip sudo apt update as it’s done while adding PPA.

Uninstall:

You can restore to stock version of LibreOffice in Ubuntu main archive by running command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa