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For spell checking, please make sure {{Pkg|hunspell}} is properly installed; this should be the case for both still and fresh LibreOffice versions. Then install a language dictionary for hunspell like {{Pkg|hunspell-en}} for English, {{Pkg|hunspell-de}} for German, etc.
For spell checking, please make sure {{Pkg|hunspell}} is properly installed; this should be the case for both still and fresh LibreOffice versions. Then install a language dictionary for hunspell like {{Pkg|hunspell-en}} for English, {{Pkg|hunspell-de}} for German, etc.
Then enable the Writing aids by selecting the check-box in
Tools->Options->Language Settings->Writing Aids->Hunspell SpellChecker

Revision as of 16:03, 27 September 2015


From Home - LibreOffice:

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!

LibreOffice in Arch Linux

Official support for OpenOffice.org was dropped in favor of LibreOffice, the "Document Foundation" fork of the project, which also includes enhancements and additional features. See Dropping Oracle OpenOffice (arch-general).


Install one of the following packages from the official repositories:


Check the optional dependencies pacman displays. If you want to use LibreOffice Base, you must install a Java Runtime Environment: see Java. You may need hsqldb2-javaAUR to use some modules in LibreOffice Base.


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Reason: With version 5.0, GTK3 is the default, it isn't completely working however. (Discuss in Talk:LibreOffice#)

LibreOffice includes support for GTK+ and Qt theme integration. See also Uniform look for Qt and GTK applications.

As of LibreOffice v3.5.x toolkit libraries are checked in the following order:

gtk > kde4 > generic

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Notes: Instructions not exclusive to LibreOffice. (Discuss in Talk:LibreOffice#)

To force the use of a certain VCL UI interface use one of this:

SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gen lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=kde4 lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3 lowriter

It is convenient to save SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN variable in your shell configuration file, e.g./etc/bash.bashrc or ~/.bashrc if using Bash.

Note: The new GTK3 UI is experimental and will only be available if you enable "experimental features" in LibreOffice main configuration dialog.

However, if it looks like it is using Windows 95/98 icons, go to Tools > Options... in the menus (which presents the Options Dialog), then select LibreOffice > Accessibility and uncheck "Automatically detect high-contrast mode of operating system".

If that does not work immediately, you may need to change the icon set that is in use; this is also in the Options Dialog, under LibreOffice > View with two pop-up boxes for "Icon size and style" (the latter pop-up box should be changed to something other than "High-contrast").

You can force the use of a certain VCL UI interface by editing the file /etc/profile.d/libreoffice-fresh.sh (and possibly also /etc/profile.d/libreoffice-fresh.csh) and uncommenting the suitable line.

Firefox themes

LibreOffice 4.x series is able to use Firefox themes. Enter LibreOffice options and choose Personalization > Select Theme, then paste the URL of your favourite one. A convenient button in the dialog box lets you open the browser.

Themes can be found on Mozilla's theme repository.

If you prefer to disable the startup logo, open /etc/libreoffice/sofficerc, find the Logo= line and set Logo=0.

Note: This variable is unrelated with the Logo scripting support.

Extension management

The following additional extensions are available in the official repositories:

For more extensions, check the AUR, the built-in LibreOffice Extension manager, or libreplanet.

Language aids

Spell checking

For spell checking, please make sure hunspell is properly installed; this should be the case for both still and fresh LibreOffice versions. Then install a language dictionary for hunspell like hunspell-en for English, hunspell-de for German, etc. Then enable the Writing aids by selecting the check-box in

Tools->Options->Language Settings->Writing Aids->Hunspell SpellChecker

Unlike other languages, Finnish dictionaries use different naming. These four packages should be installed (in this order): malagaAUR, suomi-malaga-voikkoAUR, hfstospellAUR, libvoikkoAUR and voikko-libreofficeAUR.

Hyphenation rules

For hyphenation rules, you will need hyphen and a language hyphen rule set (hyphen-en for English, hyphen-de for German, etc).


For the thesaurus option, you will need libmythes and a mythes language thesaurus (like mythes-en for English, mythes-de for German, etc).

Grammar checking

For grammar checking, several tools are available. The most common is LanguageTool. While the languagetool is available in the official repositories, the later is not packaged as a LibreOffice extension. It is thus recommended to install it with via the AUR package libreoffice-extension-languagetoolAUR instead. Even if this AUR package comes bundled with LanguageTool, this does not conflict with the one in the official repositories. In the future, it could even be possible to make that AUR package depend on the official languagetool package.

After this package has been installed, please make sure you have a Java runtime installed. Indeed, Languagetool uses Java and may slow down or briefly hang LibreOffice, particularly while opening documents. Fortunately this is usually only when initially opening a document and is usually not apparent otherwise.

Other grammar tools can also be found on the LibrePlanet extension page, on the official LibreOffice Extensions website or OpenOffice's Website. Please note all OpenOffice extensions are guaranteed to work with LibreOffice.


French-speaking users are advantaged here: they do not need to install LanguageTool nor Java. Dicollecte provides a nice Python extension, specifically designed for Frenchs. You can install it from the website or via this AUR package: libreoffice-extension-grammalecte-frAUR. In any case, this extensions also comes with the French dictionaries otherwise provided by hunspell-fr.

Offline help for en-US

The US English packages in the official repositories do not include the offline help files. Users who desire offline help for en-US can install the libreoffice-still-en-us-helpAUR or libreoffice-fresh-en-us-helpAUR packages from the AUR.

Installing macros

If you intend to use macros, you must have a Java Runtime Environment enabled. A Java Runtime Environment is enabled by default, but disabling it speeds up the program.

The default path for macros in Arch Linux is different from most Linux distributions. Its location is:


Speed up LibreOffice

Some settings may improve LibreOffice's loading time and responsiveness. However, some also increase RAM usage, so use them carefully. They can all be accessed under Tools > Options.

  • Under Memory:
    • Reduce the number of Undo steps to a figure lower than 100, to something like 20 or 30 steps
    • Under Graphics cache, set Use for LibreOffice to 128 MB (up from the original 20 MB)
    • Set Memory per object to 20 MB (up from the default 5 MB).
    • If LibreOffice is used often, check Enable systray Quickstarter
  • Under Advanced, uncheck Use a Java runtime environment
Note: For a list of functionality written in Java only, see: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Java.


Font substitution

These settings can be changed in the LibreOffice options. From the drop-down menu, select Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Fonts. Check the box that says Apply Replacement Table. Type Andale Sans UI in the font box and choose your desired font for the Replace with option. When done, click the checkmark. Then choose the Always and Screen only options in the box below. Click OK. You will then need to go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View, and uncheck "Use system font for user interface". If you use a non-antialised font, such as Arial, you will also need to uncheck "Screen font antialiasing" before menu fonts render correctly.



$ echo "Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault" | xrdb -merge

To make the change persistent, add Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault to your ~/.Xresources file, and make sure to run $ xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources (source. See X resources for more details.

If this does not work, you can also try adding Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault to your ~/.Xdefaults. If you do not have this file, you will have to create it.

Hanging when using NFSv3 shares

If LibreOffice hangs when trying to open or save a document located on a NFSv3 share, try prepending the following lines with a # in /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice:

# file locking now enabled by default

To avoid overwriting on update you can copy /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice in /usr/local/bin. Original post here.

Fixing Java framework error

You may get the following error when you try to run LibreOffice.

[Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx).
javaldx failed!

If so, give yourself ownership of ~/.config/ like so:

# chown -vR username:users ~/.config

Post on Arch Linux forums.

LibreOffice does not detect my certificates

If you cannot see the certificates when trying to sign a document, you will need to have the certificates configured in Mozilla Firefox (or Thunderbird). If after that LibreOffice still does not show them, set the MOZILLA_CERTIFICATE_FOLDER environment variable to point to your Mozilla Firefox (or Thunderbird) folder:

export MOZILLA_CERTIFICATE_FOLDER=$HOME/.mozilla/firefox/XXXXXX.default/

Certificate detection.

Run .pps files in edit mode (without slideshow)

The only solution is to rename the .pps file to .ppt.

Add the following script to your home directory and use it to open every .pps file. Very useful to open .pps files received by email without the need to save them.


cp "$1" "${f}.ppt" && libreoffice "${f}.ppt" && rm -f "${f}.ppt"

Media support

If embedded videos are just gray boxes, make sure to have installed the GStreamer plugins required.

Default paper size in Writer and Draw

If the default paper size in blank Writer and Draw documents is persistently incorrect for your locale, try installing the libpaper optional dependency and either updating /etc/papersize (for a system-wide change) or exporting the PAPERSIZE environment variable (for a user change) with your preferred paper size.

Note: libpaper defaults to Letter paper size if nothing else has been set.