Install Office 2007 On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx With Wine

Ubuntu 10.04 comes with 3.2, which should be more than adequate for all your office needs; it even reads Microsoft’s new OpenXML format. However, if you absolutely must have Microsoft Office, it’s possible to install Office 2007 on your Ubuntu system using the Wine compatibility layer. Even better, it’s really quite simple to do. Here’s how to do it.

(Note that depending upon your system configuration and edition of Office, these directions might not actually work.)

First, you’ll need to install Wine itself to your Ubuntu system. Read this post for directions and a quick introduction to Wine.

Next, navigate to the location of your Office 2007 installation files. Odds are they’re probably on a CD. Open up a Terminal window, navigate to the root directory of the CD (the CD will be in the /media directory, if you can’t find it), and run this command:

wine ./SETUP.EXE

The Setup program for Office 2007 will then run. Follow the default prompts, and Office 2007 should install without crashing. After the installation is complete, you can run any of the Office apps by going to Applications, to Wine, to Programs, to Microsoft Office, and clicking on the icon of the appropriate Office application.


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11 Responses to Install Office 2007 On Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx With Wine

  1. Mezzo says:

    I just install it and I can suggest you continue this how-to with my experience.

    I’m using ubuntu 10.04 64 bits and it works like a charm. I installed the latest version of wine (1.1.44 : see this page I didn’t need anything else for the installation. But powerpoint doesn’t work.

    I installed winetricks, and I run this command :
    winetricks msxml3 dotnet20 gdiplus riched20 riched30 vcrun2005sp1 allfonts

    Now powerpoint works :-)

    I then go download saveaspdf (microsoft site) and it also works !! But unfortunately the antialiasing is missing for the pdf, even if I follow these instructions :
    These instructions are only for the display. The antialiasing can work if windows fonts are installed within wine.

    Hope I helped ;-)

  2. zerihun says:

    how to install office 2007 on ubuntu

  3. Siyat says:

    I get a serious error message when I try running the application. What did I miss?

  4. pranav says:

    thanks Mezzo for ur help. for powerpoint to work pls run the following command sh winetricks msxml3 dotnet20 gdiplus riched20 riched30 vcrun2005sp1 allfonts.

    the same as Mezzo but jus add sh b4 it.

  5. Fat Chump says:

    1. Copy files as instructed.

    2. Rather than run that chmod command that is bolded in the instructions (which didn’t work for me) I simply:

    Right clicked on the setup.exe file and under the file permissions select the box marked ‘Allow executing the file as a program’.

    3. From there I was able to right-click on the setup.exe file and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”

    Worked like a charm – but PowerPoint won’t start. (I’ll fix that tomorrow night – plenty of fixes on the web for that.)

  6. BIG J says:

    This is simply genius..I did as instructed above and it worked just that some of the programs couldn’t run but after installing the tricks ie.(sudo apt-get install cabextract) and (sh winetricks corefonts tahoma vcrun2005sp1 wsh56js) all the applications are working perfectly well now..


  7. Richard says:

    Awesome tutorial…short and to the point! I unfortunately dislike Open Office, as it can’t open .docx files.

  8. Stan says:

    Thanks so much. I tried a few other tutorials on the web and somewhere I got mixed up and at first this all didn’t work at all for me.
    Well today I decided to do a clean install of wine and winetricks, installed the new wine 1.3 off the lucid repositories, and then followed all these instructions. It worked out really well. Thanks so much and keep up the great work.

  9. Jonathan Moeller says:

    Glad it helped!

    I’ll have a bunch of new stuff coming out starting tomorrow for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

  10. reza says:

    it doesnt work in my system. An error stops the installation at the very beggining stage .

  11. kcpr says:

    Thanks a lot Mezzo and Pranav – You’ve really helped me :)