Easily install Microsoft Office in Ubuntu


If you are using Ubuntu and need to use Microsoft Office either for compatibility reasons or out of preference this guide will show you how to install it.

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Download and install PlayOnLinux

PlayOnLinux is a useful piece of software based on Wine which allows you to easily install many Windows applications with relative ease. PlayOnLiux is free and does not require a Windows licence for use.

  1. Download PlayOnLinux - Click 'Ubuntu' under packages to locate the PlayOnLinux .deb file.
  2. Install PlayOnLinux - Locate the PlayOnLinux .deb file in your downloads folder, double click the file to open it in Ubuntu Software Centre, then click the 'Install' button.

Mount Microsoft Office disc or ISO

  • Disc - Simply insert the disc in to your disc drive.
  • ISO - Locate your ISO, 'Right click' the ISO and select 'Open with' then 'Disk Image Mounter'.

Install Microsoft Office

  1. Open playOnLinux by searching for it in the dash then clicking on the icon:

  2. Once open click on the 'Install' button located near the top of the window:

  3. A new window will open, click 'Office' then click on the version you will be installing for example 'Microsoft Office 2010' then click install

  4. Click 'Next' when the new window opens:

  5. Select 'Use a setup file in my computer', then click 'Next':

    Click 'Browse' when prompted:

    Locate the disc on the left hand side of the file manager the select the 'Setup.exe' then click 'Open':

  6. Once you have located the 'setup.exe' file and see the screen below click 'Next':

  7. PlayOnLinux will now configure itself ready for the install:

  8. When ready proceed with the install the same as you would on Windows:

Once the install is complete you can open the office applications either by clicking on the icons on your desktop or through opening PlayOnLinux.

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