Ubuntu – OpenOffice doesn’t work

openoffice.orgsoftware installation

I installed OpenOffice on 12.04, and set it as the default utility for spreadsheets, but it doesn't run at all.

While trying to troubleshoot, I read that it is not recommended to install it alongside LibreOffice. I am about to uninstall OpenOffice because I don't know how to get it working, and LibreOffice is opening my spreadsheet just fine.

But just out of curiosity, I also read that I should try deleting .openoffice.org folder; but from where? I don't see it under /usr/lib, nor under my /home.

Best Answer

If you want to use Openoffice then you have to remove Libreoffice from your system. Open a terminal and then type

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

It will remove LibreOffice completely. Then download the latest version of OpenOffice from here. Extract it in your desktop. Then open a terminal and type

cd ~/Desktop

cd en-US


sudo dpkg -i *.deb

After finished instaling type

cd desktop-integration

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Now it is ready to go. It set default for your office files.

Enjoy. :)

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