Install LibreOffice 4.x on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10

LibreOffice 4.x

LibreOffice 4.x

Document Foundation, the developers behind LibreOffice released Version 4.0 on 7th February 2013. Ubuntu 12.04 however is still stuck with Version 3.5 and Ubuntu 12.10 with Version 3.6 of LibreOffice. Its always nice to be up-to-date with the latest versions. This is what is covered in this post.

The first step is to install the PPA repository and there are two choices you have.

  1. To Add 4.0 Repository (this will remain limited to 4.0 and its subversions only like 4.0.x):
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-0
  2. To Add Latest Repository (also offers 4.0.x but later will automatically update to 4.x and above):
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Which ever road you take, the next steps are the same. Run the update command and upgrade the distribution (simple upgrade won’t work):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

And you have the latest LibreOffice 🙂


Change the Default Document Language of LibreOffice

The default language of LibreOffice which is English (USA) with support for Spelling check. To permanently change it follow the following steps:

  1. Goto Menu->Tools->Options to open the Options dialog.
  2. On the left side tree of choices, open Language Settings and select Languages.
  3. Under Default languages for documents, select the language of your choice for Western and CTL options. I selected English (UK) and Urdu (Pakistan). (Refer to the screenshot bellow)
  4. Press Ok and try it.
LibreOffice Default Document Language

LibreOffice Default Document Language

Enabling Right-to-Left (RTL) editing in OpenOffice and LibreOffice

LibreOffice RTL Settings

LibreOffice RTL Settings

Both OpenOffice and LibreOffice support Right-to-Left (RTL) editing but by default it is disabled.

Steps to Enable RTL:

  1. Click on Tools->Options->Language Settings->Language menu.
  2. Under Enhanced Language Support, check Enabled for Complex Text Layouts (CTL).
  3. Now RTL and LTR layout will be enabled.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Ctrl + Shift + D for RTL
Ctrl + Shift + A for LTR

Install the new LibreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

What is LibreOffice?

LibreOffice is the revamped OpenOffice, in fact the team working on OpenOffice got unhappy with Oracle and started a new project with the name LibreOffice. It is released as 3.3 and already many distributions are coming with it.

Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 11.04, due next month, will ship with LibreOffice by default. But it can be even used with Ubuntu 10.10 (the current stable release). Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you have uninstall the existing OpenOffice either from the command shell or the Synaptic package manager.
  2. Add the repository using the command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
  3. Install LibreOffice using the command:
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice libreoffice-gnome

Congrats and enjoy!