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


Before you install, you'll want to install dictionaries if you want spell check.

$ pacman -S aspell-en

To install, run:

$ pacman -S abiword

For additional plugins:

$ pacman -S abiword-plugins

To fix tiny cursor and misaligned text issues, install these fonts:

$ pacman -S ttf-freefont ttf-ms-fonts

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 Template:Filename 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 Template:Filename in Template:Filename. If the directory does not exist, create it.

2) Rename the file to Template:Filename

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 Template:Filename. To install the font, unzip the file by

$ tar -xzf (name of the tar.gz file)

and then run

$ fc-cache -fv

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