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How to Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu

So, you’re using Ubuntu, the cool Linux operating system, but you also need Microsoft Office? No problem! Just use this super simple solution to install Microsoft Office on Your Ubuntu.

Even though Microsoft Office is mainly designed for Windows and macOS, there’s a neat little trick you can use to install it on your Ubuntu machine.

It involves a clever tool called Wine, which acts as a compatibility layer, allowing Linux users to run Windows applications seamlessly.

Wine is further enhanced by PlayOnLinux, a free and open-source software application that serves as a front-end for Wine. This powerful combination aids in running Windows applications on Linux effortlessly.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the easy-peasy steps to set up Wine and PlayOnLinux, enabling you to get Microsoft Office up and running smoothly on your Ubuntu system.

With Office installed, you’ll have access to all the fantastic features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and much more, right from your Ubuntu environment.

Install Winbind in Ubuntu

To install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu, we need to first install PlayOnLinux, but before that, it is necessary to update the package lists by executing the command provided below:

$ sudo apt update 

After the successful update, now let’s install “Winbind” which offers integration between Linux and Windows systems in a network environment.

$ sudo apt install winbind -y
Install Winbind in Ubuntu
Install Winbind in Ubuntu

Install PlayOnLinux in Ubuntu

Upon successfully installing “Winbind,” you can proceed with the installation of “PlayOnLinux” as shown.

$ sudo apt install playonlinux -y
Install PlayOnLinux in Ubuntu
Install PlayOnLinux in Ubuntu

Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu

The installation of “PlayOnLinux” has been completed. Now, let’s proceed to the installation process of Microsoft Office by launching “PlayOnLinux” and hitting the install button.

Deselect the “Testing” option and then search “Microsoft Office” within the PlayOnLinux interface. Once you get the results of the search, choose the desired version of Office (Microsoft Office 2016 (method b)) and click on the “Install” button to initiate the installation process.

Search Microsoft Office
Search Microsoft Office

Next, follow the on-screen installation wizard to install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu.

Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu
Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu

Next, select the “Use a setup file in my computer” option and click on the “Next” button.

Choose Microsoft Office Setup File
Choose Microsoft Office Setup File
Note: You must have the .exe file of Microsoft Office 2016 in your Ubuntu, if you do not have any, then download it from the Microsoft official website.

Click on the “Browse” button to select the .exe file of Microsoft Office 2016.

Creating Virtual Drive
Creating Virtual Drive

After that, it will download the “wine” so again wait for the process to get completed.

Downloading Wine
Downloading Wine

Then, install the “Wine Mono”.

Install Wine Mono
Install Wine Mono

After that, the dialog box will prompt for permission to install “Wine Gecko”. Press the “Install” button to grant the permission.

Install Wine Gecko
Install Wine Gecko

After some time Microsoft Office setup will start preparing the necessary files.

Preparing Microsoft Office Setup
Preparing Microsoft Office Setup

Accept the license and click on the “Continue” button.

Accept Microsoft Office License
Accept Microsoft Office License

Finally, click on the “Install Now” button to install Microsoft Office.

Install Microsoft Office in Ubuntu
Install Microsoft Office in Ubuntu

The installation process will consume some time, wait until it completes. You can open any Microsoft software through PlayOnLinux.

Open Microsoft Office in Ubuntu
Open Microsoft Office in Ubuntu
Running Microsoft Office in Ubuntu
Running Microsoft Office in Ubuntu

Enjoy using Microsoft Office 2016 on your Ubuntu!

Conclusion

Microsoft Office is not supported by Ubuntu. However, you can install it by utilizing some tools like PlayOnLinux and Wine.

This guide demonstrated the process of installing Microsoft Office successfully on your Ubuntu.

Ravi Saive
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2 thoughts on “How to Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu”

  1. This could be good for the home user that depends on specific Microsoft applications, so it’s right and proper to publish this. I’m not one of those folks, but on their behalf, thank you for this article.

    With that being said…

    Given the existence and excellence of LibreOffice, I’m not sure why anyone would want to go backward and install Microsoft Office on an Ubuntu system, especially given that LibreOffice comes as a part of Ubuntu. I’m just not seeing the use case.

    However, I guess I can see the use case for, say, Microsoft Teams, but only if you work in a corporate organization that A.) requires its use, and B.) allows you to install non-MS operating systems on your corporate-issued computer.

    Most organizations don’t allow that.

    Reply
    • @Sumgai,

      Thank you for your feedback and insights! You make valid points regarding the use case for Microsoft Office on Ubuntu and the availability and excellence of LibreOffice as a free and open-source alternative. Indeed, many users find LibreOffice to be a sufficient and feature-rich office suite for their needs, and it comes pre-installed with many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu.

      As for Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft applications, they might be necessary in certain corporate environments or educational institutions where Microsoft products are heavily integrated into their workflow, and there might be compatibility or feature requirements that are better supported by the official Microsoft software.

      In the end, the choice of software on a Linux system is subjective and depends on individual preferences, organizational requirements, and specific use cases.

      Reply

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