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  1. LibreOffice 6.2, a new version of the popular open source Office suite, has been released in February 2019. The new version of the cross-platform program introduces lots of new features, among them the final version of the tabbed user interface that is comparable to the Ribbon user interface that Microsoft Office uses.
  2. During LibreOffice 6.4 upgrade the installer weirdly demands to close Firefox. That's bound to confuse end users. 'Why does LibreOffice mess around Press J to jump to the feed.
  3. You used to be able to add Firefox Personas, but Mozilla changed how it did Personas and the option was discontinued midway through LibreOffice 6.x. I’m.guessing. there’s a way to add custom LibreOffice Themes, in part via the Expert Configuration menu, but it would probably require more effort than 99.9% of users would care to do.
  4. Any Firefox-compliant theme will work with LibreOffice. However, not every theme will give good visual results—if the image is too busy, it could interfere with the readability of the icons and the menus. To access this command. Choose LibreOffice - PreferencesTools - Options- LibreOffice - Personalization.
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Updated: August 19, 2020

Over the last few years, I've done a fair share of Libreoffice reviews, focusing on different usability angles. First, there's the program itself and what it does, then whether it's suitable for everyday office use in the Office-heavy reality, and largely because of the previous point, the million-dollar question of when and if and how LibreOffice could actually become a viable, realistic substitute for (Microsoft) Office. My findings from the past dozen summers say no.

I feel there's been a steady slowdown in open-source enthusiasm in general - this of course affects LibreOffice, too. Across this entire space, we haven't made any significant progress since 2014-ish or so. But every time a new version of LibreOffice comes out, I rush to test it, to see if this is going to be THE version that weans me off Office. I think I represent the bulk of Windows users, who are dependent on the platform for office and gaming, all other considerations notwithstanding. With LibreOffice 7.0 out, we need to see what gives.


1) It provides direct access to create a doc, xls or ppt document from scratch with this LibreOffice Editor. 2) It detects when you access to a doc, xls, ppt, txt, rtf, csv or odf document, and it opens it directly using this LibreOffice Editor. Its architecture are split in three modules.

My usual testing covered both Windows and Linux. On the former, the installation worked fine, but it took forever. About 10-15 minutes to finish. No idea why. But after that, LibreOffice 7 was available, and it pointed to all my documents and whatnot, without any problems.

All is quiet on the Western front

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In general, LibreOffice retains a solid degree of consistency with previous versions. You have the hybrid classic UI plus the half dozen layouts, including full-sized and compact contextual, grouped, tabbed and whatnot. This is a nod toward the Ribbon interface, and then some, allowing you to experiment with different view modes, and thus, productivity. LibreOffice 7 brings in some polish and tweak - quite nice. But the problems aren't in the basic functionality - never have been really.

I did find both Impress and Calc slightly more refined than in the past - non-Writer programs often get neglected. Calc is starting to look reasonably presentable, with cleaner, brighter default colors, although speed is still somewhat meh. Impress comes with some nifty tools, but most of them fall into the 'rookie mistakes' bucket, for those who think animation and slide transitions are useful. You can probably notch a reasonably productive pack in Impress.


No news here - and that is I'm afraid bad news. The styles management in LibreOffice isn't as good as it is in Microsoft Office. First, you don't have a list of recently used styles you can one-click apply. Secondly, if you use the sidebar, you need to double-click. Thirdly, the styles list jumps to current style for the selected area rather than stays put, leading to an annoying and unproductive usage model. Say you want to apply STYLE4 to a paragraph (which currently has default settings). You move the keyboard cursor onto the new paragraph, and boom, the styles list jumps to the very beginning. You are forced to scroll back to STYLE4, and then use a double-click to apply it. We're talking 3-5 more mouse clicks per action than Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office compatibility

Another big one. It's not about good and evil, not about right or wrong, not about ideology, morality, anything of that sort. Pure and simple pragmatism. Your non-techie colleague or boss or client sends you a file they created in Microsoft Office. You need to send them data back. Can you afford mistakes?

As always, I grabbed a bunch of DOTX, DOCX templates from Microsoft and opened them in LibreOffice. Just like in version 6.3, there were problems. Most documents rendered badly - text overflow, positioning, etc. One of the files wouldn't open - it threw an error, and if you ignore the error and go forward, you get a useless conversion. Utterly wrong.

Notice the word FASHION. Notice the image border (missing).

The image is badly stretched.


Notice the table top picture borders and how they show in LibreOffice. Notice the three stars above the word Restaurant. Notice the aspect ratio of the chef. Notice the way the year number (2018) touches the gray frame.

And sadly, realistically, this is what it should look like:

The message speaks for itself.

And the thing is, this is the very thing that blocks LibreOffice from gaining wider adoption. We can wait for the world to turn around and change their ideology and acknowledge the moral supremacy of open-source and whatnot, or we can try to give people high-fidelity tools that can replace their Microsoft Office. Because today, LibreOffice cannot. There's little or no hope without this.

Other stuff

Performance slash responsiveness wasn't stellar. I've noticed a certain degradation in how snappy the LibreOffice programs have been over the years. The biggest change occurred round 6.X, and it still persists, regardless of the underlying platform. Not sure why.

I also tried using the media player (inside Impress), and it couldn't correctly play a random media file. I had audio, but no video - the actual video feed did show up for maybe 100 ms somewhere in the middle of the clip, but that was all. Hardly encouraging.

Community ...

Not strictly related to the software, but recently, there's been furor over TDF trying to find new revenue streams, with a proposed idea of Personal/Enterprise Editions of LibreOffice. Along those lines. And can you guess what the response from the community was? Disdain and anger. Because not only are we expected to get products for free, other people should also work for free for us, right? That simply doesn't work.

I would gladly pay for LibreOffice, but then, it also has to have a justifiable level of professional usability, which allows me to use the product out there freely, without any fear that my books, resume or other vital information will get lost or malformed in some format conversion.


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Linux, Firefox, LibreOffice. I see the same pattern really. It's becoming harder and harder for open-source projects to flourish in the shark-eat-shark market that the modern Internet has become. Goodwill carries only that far, but then tenacity and stubbornness founded in ideology don't help either. With LibreOffice, it could have been a simple optional toggle to choose between native and Office Open XML formats, and that way, open an entire world of possibilities. But when pretty much any semi-complex file created in Office looks wrong when loaded in LibreOffice, I simply cannot make it into my daily driver.

On top of that, LibreOffice feels stagnant. No, user interfaces need not change every Monday to look modern or some nonsense like that. But there's no reason to stick with a 2003 interface - with all its inefficiencies mind - just because the competition does the opposite. And then, when LibreOffice does acknowledge there is a third way, then you get way too many options - five or six UI layouts too many really. Finally, LibreOffice simply isn't as productive as it could be. I'm saying this as someone with 1,000,000+ words written every year, a good deal of them in Writer. It can be more streamlined, more elegant. Like it or not, you usually need fewer actions in Microsoft Office to achieve an (equivalent) result.

If you look at LibreOffice in isolation, version 7.0 is really nice. Better than before - except responsiveness - more refined, with a cleaner look. But we live in a mixed world, and there, it struggles with a handful of simple, pragmatic everyday tests. And the worst thing is, there seems to be no strategy out of this loop. Another version with tiny changes? That hasn't shifted the needle so far. I truly hope LibreOffice does kick off a commercial model. We need something fresh and fun - in a meaningful way. In its current guise, it's pretty much like biannual Linux distro releases, more of the same, with no real added value or growth. And it's not about the users actually - people will happily use free products and whatever. It's about the LibreOffice developers, who will eventually give up, when they realize there's no end in sight - the sad reality of the majority of unpaid open-source projects. Let's hope LibreOffice has a brighter, more vibrant future.


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I am new to Debian, which has been recently installed on my computer. I have problems with the installation of Zotero, which I need to use with Libreoffice/firefox. I checked my installation following the instructions here below, without success :
The symptoms :
-the zotero icon do not appear in firefox
-the zotero toolbar do not appear in libreOffice
-the zotero extension do not appear in the extension manager of LibreOffice (my installation is in french, sorry if I do not give the precise interface's names)
-if I go to Zotero/Preferences/Word processors, and that I try to reinstall the LibreOffice module (which appears there to be installed), I get a window 'Select LibreOffice unopkg executable', where no directory is listed.
And for information, the Zotero's installation process pushed Zotero in a directory in my home/user directory. I checked that the Java is installed and recognized in LibreOffice. I reinstalled Zotero. I reinstalled LibreOffice.
Do you have an idea ?
Best regards,

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  • This has nothing to do with that page. For that, you need to have the Zotero Connector installed. See No Toolbar Button.
    the zotero toolbar do not appear in libreOffice
    For this, go through the English version of that page, which has the latest troubleshooting information:
    If you're still having trouble, say everything you've tried and what happened at each step.
    You should also make sure you've testing with the official tarball of Zotero or zotero-deb. We can't provide support for other packaged versions.
  • It’s now ok for the toolbar button in Firefox : I got it ! (thanks !)
    Concerning LibreOffice, I still do not have the Zotero toolbar : I went to the paqe
    -I followed the process « Zotero toolbar doesn’t appear » : in Zotero’s preferences, I opened the Cite pane, and then the Word Processors tab, and I clicked on « Réinstaller le module Office ». Then I accessed to the « Select LibreOffice unopkg executable » : but no directory was listed in this box.
    - I then went to the page « Manually Installing the Zotero Word Processor Plugin », and then to the
    LibreOffice section. Following the given instructions, I then went to the directory where Zotero is installed (/user/Zotero), but did not find there the extensions directory.
    Concerning the Zotero version. I installed Zotero through the software module of Debian. On the page where you launch the installation, there is a « Web site » button which lead to The version is 5,0,96,2. Is it ok ?
  • ~/Zotero is your data directory, not your installation directory.
  • I installed Zotero through the software module of Debian.
    This is an unofficial version of Zotero that we have nothing to do with. We can't help you with that version.
  • ok. So, I desinstalled the previous version (creazy that Debian offers a Zotero version that is not supported by Zotero !!!). And I installed Zotero following the above given link to Zotero-deb. I got this :
    [email protected]:~$ sudo apt update
    [sudo] Mot de passe de anne :
    Atteint :1 buster/updates InRelease
    Atteint :2 buster InRelease
    Atteint :3 buster-updates InRelease
    Ign :4 InRelease
    Atteint :5 Release
    Lecture des listes de paquets... Fait
    Construction de l'arbre des dépendances
    Lecture des informations d'état... Fait
    Tous les paquets sont à jour.
    W: La cible Packages (Packages) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (fr_FR) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (fr) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (en) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Packages (Packages) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (fr_FR) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (fr) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    W: La cible Translations (en) est spécifiée plusieurs fois dans /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:1 et /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list:2
    [email protected]:~$ sudo apt install zotero
    Lecture des listes de paquets... Fait
    Construction de l'arbre des dépendances
    Lecture des informations d'état... Fait
    E: Impossible de trouver le paquet zotero
  • In fact I did not give you the all sequence I did : below the first step
    [email protected]:~$ wget -qO- sudo
    usage: sudo -h -K -k -V
    usage: sudo -v [-AknS] [-g group] [-h host] [-p prompt] [-u user]
    usage: sudo -l [-AknS] [-g group] [-h host] [-p prompt] [-U user] [-u user]
    usage: sudo [-AbEHknPS] [-r role] [-t type] [-C num] [-g group] [-h host] [-p
    prompt] [-T timeout] [-u user] [VAR=value] [-i -s] []
    usage: sudo -e [-AknS] [-r role] [-t type] [-C num] [-g group] [-h host] [-p
    prompt] [-T timeout] [-u user] file ...
  • edited 23 days ago
    Note that the instruction is:
    wget -qO- sudo bash
    so `bash` seems to lack at the end of your command.
    PS: I also use Debian (oldstable version 9/Stretch), with official tarball of Zotero ( and have no problem.
  • I'd be happy enough to make my package script for zotero-deb available to Debian, but the demands made by their build environment requires building zotero from source, and my scripts don't, so they're unlikely to be accepted by debian.
  • Ok. Thanks a lot for the missing 'bash'. The installation process seemed to execute with success. I did not get any error message. And I could launched Zotero.
    But, in the Word Processors tab of the Cite pane of the Zotero preferences, I don’t see the “Install LibreOffice Add-in” button.
    So, following the instructions to repair the Zotero installation:
    1. I go to Tools → Add-ons in Zotero.
    2. The “Zotero LibreOffice Integration” is enabled.
    3. I still don't see the installation buttons in the Cite → Word Processors pane of the Zotero preferences. I therfore opened my Zotero profile directory, and I deleted extensions.json, and restart Zotero. And this helped, because I now get the message « Le module LibreOffice est installé » in the Cite/Word Processors pane of the Zotero preferences.
    4. I clicked on « Réinstaller le module LibreOffice », and then get a « Zotero LibreOffrice Plugin Installation » window. I get the message « The Zotero LibreOffice Plugin requires the following packages : default-jre ». I press « Next » as indicated. And then I get the message « An error occurred installing required packages. While you can attempt to install the Zotero LibreOffice Plugin anyway, it is unlikely to work. Click Cancel to abord the installation process. » If I click on Next, I get the message : « Select LibreOffice installations from the list below, or click « Add installation » to locate the path to an LibreOffice installation directory not shown in the liste. And in the list, I see usrbin/unopkg and usr/lib/libreoffice/program/unopkg.
    Should I go on and select on of these paths ?
  • I installed a java jre.
    Then in the Cite/word processors, I find the message 'Le module LibreOffice n'est pas installé'. I click on 'Installer le module libreOffice'.
    In the 'Zotero LibreOffice Plugin installation' window, I get the two paths previously described (my previous comment). I click on Next, and then I get the error message 'L'installation n'a pu aboutir car une erreur s'est produite. Veuillez vous assurer que LibreOffice est fermé, puir redémarrez Zotero'. Indeed LibreOffice was closed. I launch Zotero again, and get the same situation.
  • How to find the directory where Zotero is installed ?
  • It's your system. That's something you would need to know.
  • The zotero-deb docs say it installs within /usr/lib.
  • ok, I found it. And I installed the plugin. And it works!!!!!!! So great.
    Thanks a lot for your help, and sorry for the 'very beginer' style.
    Bye !