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Abiword is a word processor that provides a lighter alternative for LibreOffice Writer, while at the same time providing great functionality. Abiword supports many standard document types, such as ODF documents, Microsoft Word documents, WordPerfect documents, Rich Text Format documents and HTML web pages.


Before you install, you will want to install dictionaries if you want spell check, which can be provided by the aspell-en package.

Install the abiword package from the official repositories.

For additional plugins, install the abiword-plugins package.

To fix tiny cursor and misaligned text issues, install either ttf-liberation from the official repositories or ttf-ms-fontsAUR from the AUR and ttf-freefont from the official repositories.

Fix for Print dialog crash

Note: This bug has been reported as non-existent for version 2.8.1 or higher. However, this section will remain for legacy versions or if it crops up again,

For some reason, the current versions of Abiword and libgnomeprint are not playing nice together. The .abw default template causes the program to crash when the user attempts to print. The solution is to force abiword to work with the .rtf format instead. By following the steps below, you will set the default save format to .rtf and trick Abiword into using a .rtf file as its default template.

Open ~/.AbiSuite/AbiWord.Profile and insert the following line into the second <scheme> section.


It should look similar to the following


It is then neccessary to change the default template. You must follow these steps exactly.

1) open Abiword and save a blank document titled normal.rtf in ~/.AbiSuite/templates/. If the directory does not exist, create it.

2) Rename the file to normal.awt

Do not just save a blank .awt file!! You must trick Abiword into using a .rtf template in order for this to work.

As soon as the conflict between Abiword and libgnomeprint is resovled, these instructions will no longer be neccessary and should be removed.

Change Keybindings

See this wiki post on how to change the default key bindings in Abiword.

LaTeX Fonts

The package abiword-plugins comes with a function which allows user to insert LaTeX codes in a document. To display mathematics symbols properly, one needs to download latex-xft-fonts and save it to the directory /usr/share/fonts. To install the font, extract the tarball and then run the following:

# fc-cache -fv

Build fails with GCC 4.6

The bug has been reported and fixed upstream in a patch that is not yet (as of Abiword 2.8.6-4) available in Arch. If you experience this problem, you have to apply the patch to the PKGBUILD yourself.

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