How To Easily Install Microsoft Office 2007 On Linux

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playonlinuxoffice logo   How To Easily Install Microsoft Office 2007 On Linux“Play On Linux” may sound like a toy, but if you want Microsoft Office working on your Linux machine it’s a seriously useful program to have around. User generated scripts make light work of the usually complicated process of installing Office in Linux: there’s no manually installing DLLs, no figuring out which version of Wine will work and no manually installing Internet Explorer to get everything working.

Love it or hate it, the fact is that Microsoft’s suite of office software is a necessary part of many people’s workflow. Some need total document compatibility with Office file formats; others rely on features not yet implemented by Open Office.


Last week we explored how PlayOnLinux makes it easy to install Windows games on Linux, mentioning briefly that the software also works with some serious software as well as games. As it turns out, among this serious software is Microsoft Office 2000, 2003 and 2007. Whether you’re looking to install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu or any other major Linux distribution, PlayOnLinux has you covered.

Get Play On Linux

The first thing you’re going to need to do is install PlayOnLinux. As we outlined in our recent PlayOnLinux writeup, it’s best to forgo your repositories completely and follow the installation instructions outlined on PlayOnLinux’s download page. Follow the directions there and you can’t go wrong.

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Run the software for the first time and everything will be brought up to date, making it easy for you to install Microsoft Office. Click the “Install” button, then click the “Office” category:

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Don’t do anything yet, though; you need your copy of Micrsoft Office ready. Find our CD and your product key.

Insert Your CD

Insert your Microsoft Office CD, if you have one. You need to figure out the CD’s mount point, so that you can correctly point PlayOnLinux toward it. Open your file browser of choice and browse to your CD. Press “Ctl” and “L”, and you should see the location of your CD within your computer’s file structure. Copy this and you’ll be ready to paste it during the installation process.

If you’re a netbook user, or if you’re a student who downloaded an Office ISO through your school’s partnership with Microsoft, it’s simplest to simply extract all files from the Office CD and then copy the path to the folder you’ve extracted everything into. This worked perfectly on my netbook.

The Installation Process

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Now the fun begins. Go back to your PlayOnLinux window and double-click the version of Office you want to install. This will begin the installation procedure. One of the first things you’ll be asked for is the location of your Microsoft Office CD:

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If you see your CD here, great: just click it. If not, click “Other” and paste the location you found in the above step. From here on out everything should be smooth sailing: the program will install everything Microsoft Office needs to run, including Internet Explorer and the Microsoft fonts.

All you need to do is click “Next” a few times, and enter your Office product key. At the end you’ll be asked whether you want menu or desktop shortcuts for various Office elements. Choose where you want what and you should be good to go.

If you’re not asked about shortcuts it’s safe to assume the process didn’t finish for some reason. Don’t panic; just try again. On one of the systems I tested this process on I needed to repeat all steps, but everything worked perfectly after I did.

Conclusion

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Getting software from one platform working on another is, by nature, complicated. PlayOnLinux takes a lot of this complication away, and it’s completely free. All I know is that I can now use Microsoft Word to edit manuals from my Mac and Windows friends using only my netbook, and that’s a blessing.

Do you think this process works well? Share your experience in the comments below. Alternatively, feel free to flame me for suggesting Linux users may occasionally want to use Microsoft Office instead of the ideologically pure alternatives.

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loyd

this new ubuntu look really nice, office in linux is usefull.

thenonhacker

This is blasphemy that goes both ways!

– Where’s the OpenOffice love?

– I thought that Microsoft naysayers hate the Ribbon UI “because it’s terrible”?

– Linux has Windows envy. Installing Windows Fonts, using Wine to run Windows Apps, and now, installing Microsoft Office. At the same time, they hate the “Evil Microsoft”. You’re sending mixed signals here. For all the vindication against “Evil Microsoft”, you have a conflict of interest putting Microsoft stuff in Linux.

Maybe just purchase a nice Black Friday Laptop with Windows 7 in it? That saves you from a lot of trouble. And I’m not sarcastic here, I’m serious here.

So let me help you. Go to this DealNews.com site, you’ll really thank me later for this. http://goo.gl/jprTF

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jhpot

Should work on Linux Mint; head over to playonlinux.com and download the Ubuntu package.

iTunes on Linux is more trouble than it’s worth, I’m afraid. There’s no consistent way to get it working, and with so many great media player options for the platform I don’t know if hackers will make it a priority.

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Rameshkarthickk

MS Office has come to Linux finally thanks to play on linux. Can iTunes also be installed in the same way. Will these work in linux mint or will work only in unubtu 10.10

jhpot

Should work on Linux Mint; head over to playonlinux.com and download the Ubuntu package.

iTunes on Linux is more trouble than it’s worth, I’m afraid. There’s no consistent way to get it working, and with so many great media player options for the platform I don’t know if hackers will make it a priority.

Alain Pierre

For the user of iphones, ipads and ipods, itunes is the only app that do the job.

Aibek

you may find a decent iTunes alternative depending on the features you really need from the app. CopyTransManager is one such app.

Alaukik

gtkpod

Candive1

I was asked the question yesterday can I use itunes on Ubuntu.
I was unsure and told the person to go to our next lug meeting.
I searched but for some reason came up empty.
I now have an answer
Thank you very much.
Chris, Supplying Technology to At Risk Students. ( STARS )

Rameshkarthickk

I just wanted to add songs to and fro from my PC (linux).
Wanted to add videos and photos from my PC. Because rythmbox does not allow for videos and photos.

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Dan

Screw FSF-fanboys, this is great news. OOo is slow and uninspired. Gnome Office is for kids. KOffice is a bit better but I still prefer MS Office. But I already have Softmaker Office for Linux, so I’ll probably bookmark this article and read it again when I upgrade my system.

Alaukik

ms office sucks and uninspired is too stupid a word to use

thenonhacker

Yes, “Microsoft Office Sucks”. Maybe you should try Google Docs?

Alaukik

I already use OOo and am satsified with it and need not try any other thing

jhpot

Your reason and logic have proven your point. Thanks for your contribution to our conversation!

Alaukik

“Screw FSF-fanboys, this is great news. OOo is slow and uninspired.”

Ya thats what you called great logic

thenonhacker

Dan, I like your perspective.
The best “open” is being OpenMinded. :)

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IronBalut

MS Office 2003 works fine. I’m hoping to install MS Office 2010–forget 2007.

jhpot

That might take a while, but when it’s possible you can be sure PlayOnLinux will be the simplest way to get it working.

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Shawn holmes

Sweet Cheeks McGillicutty! This is AWESOME!! Thanks.

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Michal

I did this to provide my wife with o2007, however I noticed one bug … it does not use the selected font for some czech, spanish and french characters (try to copy&paste czech žščřďťň for example).

Do you have the same problem?

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Michal

I did this to provide my wife with o2007, however I noticed one bug … it does not use the selected font for some czech, spanish and french characters (try to copy&paste czech žš????? for example).

Do you have the same problem?

jhpot

I’ll have to give this a try and let you know, but I could imagine that will cause a few problems. Anyone else try this?

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Setapan35

I’ve been in IT for more then 20 years. Seriosly, what the heck is so good about installing EVERYTHING that is NEW ??? I mean, I don’t see a bit of difference between what you could do with Excel 97 and Excel 2007, as a regular user. I don’t know what the heck is wrong with the IT community but constantly improving something just for the sake of releasing a software with the release number incremented somewhat is plane stupid.
Same goes for Linux, and mostly all software that’s around. STOP upgrading constantly ! It’s useless !!!!

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Sanders

@setapan35

I whole heartedly agree with you, some times enough is good enough. However MS (and any other software company) wants to sell new versions to get more $$$$

Other software needs constant upgrades like engineering, accounting, etc to conform to some regulations.

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Setapan35

I’ve been in IT for more then 20 years. Seriosly, what the heck is so good about installing EVERYTHING that is NEW ??? I mean, I don’t see a bit of difference between what you could do with Excel 97 and Excel 2007, as a regular user. I don’t know what the heck is wrong with the IT community but constantly improving something just for the sake of releasing a software with the release number incremented somewhat is plane stupid.
Same goes for Linux, and mostly all software that’s around. STOP upgrading constantly ! It’s useless !!!!

Joni

You’ve been in IT for 20 years ? So, can you use software and hardware from 20 years ago to solve today’s problem ?

If you can, my company cannot. My company needs those upgrades. So, KEEP upgrading constantly.

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Sanders

@setapan35

I whole heartedly agree with you, some times enough is good enough. However MS (and any other software company) wants to sell new versions to get more $$$$

Other software needs constant upgrades like engineering, accounting, etc to conform to some regulations.

thenonhacker

@Sanders: There are free alternatives out there. Use them. Google Docs is free. Or if you want the Ribbon, Office Web Apps is there and free, too.

Aibek

Google Docs is free but it still has a long way to go before it gets as usable as M.O.

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Joni

You’ve been in IT for 20 years ? So, can you use software and hardware from 20 years ago to solve today’s problem ?

If you can, my company cannot. My company needs those upgrades. So, KEEP upgrading constantly.

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Ubuntuandstuff

Why even use MS Office? Open Office works just fine for me. Plus no annoying Clippy!

Alaukik

Because some people are too stupid and think ms office means a office suite.

thenonhacker

A little perspective here. Office 2007 has no Clippy, ok? That is so 2003.

In 2010, you MS naysayers should be bashing the “Ribbon UI”. Come on, it’s 2010, bashing the Ribbon UI is the cool thing to do as a Linux Fanboy!

Finished bashing the Ribbon UI now? Great. Now read this article where OpenOffice plans to put the Ribbon UI in OpenOffice:
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/08/06/openoffice-org-demos-ribbon-style-ui-prototype/

OMG what else will OpenOffice want to imitate? Maybe they should put an optional “Clippy” in there in the next version.

jhpot

Clippy’s been gone for almost a decade.

There are reasons to want Office. I edit the manuals project here, and most of my writers are all using Word. Open Office’s compatibility with Word is pretty good, but issues inevitably come up if you’re going back and forth between Word and OO.o too much, particularly if you’re doing a lot of fomatting.

And it’s funny: Word is faster on my netbook than OO.o, even though it’s running on Wine.

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Shmuel nyssen

Are there more programs able to install, like CorelDRAW?

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thenonhacker

This is blasphemy that goes both ways!

- Where’s the OpenOffice love?

- I thought that Microsoft naysayers hate the Ribbon UI “because it’s terrible”?

- Linux has Windows envy. Installing Windows Fonts, using Wine to run Windows Apps, and now, installing Microsoft Office. At the same time, they hate the “Evil Microsoft”. You’re sending mixed signals here. For all the vindication against “Evil Microsoft”, you have a conflict of interest putting Microsoft stuff in Linux.

Maybe just purchase a nice Black Friday Laptop with Windows 7 in it? That saves you from a lot of trouble. And I’m not sarcastic here, I’m serious here.

So let me help you. Go to this DealNews.com site, you’ll really thank me later for this. http://goo.gl/jprTF

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thenonhacker

Dan, I like your perspective.
The best “open” is being OpenMinded. :)

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thenonhacker

A little perspective here. Office 2007 has no Clippy, ok? That is so 2003.

In 2010, you MS naysayers should be bashing the “Ribbon UI”. Come on, it’s 2010, bashing the Ribbon UI is the cool thing to do as a Linux Fanboy!

Finished bashing the Ribbon UI now? Great. Now read this article where OpenOffice plans to put the Ribbon UI in OpenOffice:
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2

OMG what else will OpenOffice want to imitate? Maybe they should put an optional “Clippy” in there in the next version.

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jhpot

Behold; the complete list of apps!

http://www.playonlinux.com/rep

No CorelDRAW from what I can tell…sorry.

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jhpot

Clippy’s been gone for almost a decade.

There are reasons to want Office. I edit the manuals project here, and most of my writers are all using Word. Open Office’s compatibility with Word is pretty good, but issues inevitably come up if you’re going back and forth between Word and OO.o too much, particularly if you’re doing a lot of fomatting.

And it’s funny: Word is faster on my netbook than OO.o, even though it’s running on Wine.

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Alaukik

“Screw FSF-fanboys, this is great news. OOo is slow and uninspired.”

Ya thats what you called great logic

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Gdonwallace

Honestly I wouldn’t use Play on Linux to install Office anyway. You can use Crossover for Linux or the Free and Open version called Wine. Wine can be installed from the repo’s in Ubuntu anyway.

Since I only use Access from the MS office suite anyway, that’s all I have installed. I use OpenOffice for the rest of my documentation needs. I don’t care how an app looks, as long as it does what I want it to do, and OpenOffice does that, except for the database part of the application. That needs a lot of updates and fixes before I can totally remove MS Office from my linux box.

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Frank

Hi there,
Nice trick and I am sure it may be another bone to throw to all those Linux nay-sayers or dare-nots. Anyway, I gave this a go on my Ubuntu installation and was rather taken by the uncompllicated nature of the process. A very smooth ride, indeed!

Now the downside. Of course MS Office 2007 wants to be activated, but once I clicked on the activate via internet button, no connection could be extablished. Shame. I then tried activate via telephone, but no response by the programme. So I did the usual – browsing the web, snooping through the odd forum and so on. It seems a comon problem that hasn’t quite been cracked yet.

Any ideas?

All the best,

Frank

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Candive1

I was asked the question yesterday can I use itunes on Ubuntu.
I was unsure and told the person to go to our next lug meeting.
I searched but for some reason came up empty.
I now have an answer
Thank you very much.
Chris, Supplying Technology to At Risk Students. ( STARS )

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Gdonwallace

Honestly I wouldn’t use Play on Linux to install Office anyway. You can use Crossover for Linux or the Free and Open version called Wine. Wine can be installed from the repo’s in Ubuntu anyway.

Since I only use Access from the MS office suite anyway, that’s all I have installed. I use OpenOffice for the rest of my documentation needs. I don’t care how an app looks, as long as it does what I want it to do, and OpenOffice does that, except for the database part of the application. That needs a lot of updates and fixes before I can totally remove MS Office from my linux box.

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Pvnkmrksk

the ribbon bar sucks!! OOo rocks but the prob it lacks a few functionalities wich ms07 has like those stylish customisations… it can be dne on OOo but its tooo long unlike ms07 where its just few clicks away.

acc ro me both hv pros n cons, bth are good at their own categories, so using both is the best option available!!

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Anonymous

the ribbon bar sucks!! OOo rocks but the prob it lacks a few functionalities wich ms07 has like those stylish customisations… it can be dne on OOo but its tooo long unlike ms07 where its just few clicks away.

acc ro me both hv pros n cons, bth are good at their own categories, so using both is the best option available!!

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Rameshkarthickk

I just wanted to add songs to and fro from my PC (linux).
Wanted to add videos and photos from my PC. Because rythmbox does not allow for videos and photos.

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John Andrews

Don’t you all know or realize that Microsoft products are built with a finite lifetime so that they need to be replaced every few years? Replacements are $100 or so, thus making Micro$oft wealthy. I understand the reasoning for this, but the reality of forced upgrades without file compatibility makes it hard to agree with when comparable systems are also available without the file incompatibility. Open Office and others work just fine on my W2K, XP and Linux (all distros and I have a bunch). I just recommended it to my boss (I’m a volunteer) to install on her home computer so she could read the office documents that MUST BE in WORD.

Best wishes to all for Thanksgiving.

— John Andrews

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John Andrews

Don’t you all know or realize that Microsoft products are built with a finite lifetime so that they need to be replaced every few years? Replacements are $100 or so, thus making Micro$oft wealthy. I understand the reasoning for this, but the reality of forced upgrades without file compatibility makes it hard to agree with when comparable systems are also available without the file incompatibility. Open Office and others work just fine on my W2K, XP and Linux (all distros and I have a bunch). I just recommended it to my boss (I’m a volunteer) to install on her home computer so she could read the office documents that MUST BE in WORD.

Best wishes to all for Thanksgiving.

— John Andrews

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Aibek

Strange problem. I recommend asking about it on MakeUseOf Answers,
http://www.makeuseof.com/answe

Aibek

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Aibek

Strange problem. I recommend asking about it on MakeUseOf Answers,
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

Aibek

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David

I think it’s great news for me. I’m a trainer and need to jump in and out of different OS and applications – thats why I have a full range of OS’s available in VBox. To be able to show students “this is how we can do it in MS Office or Open Office or Google Docs” is going to be very useful.

As a Linux user by choice, I’d love to say that we don’t need Microsoft in our lives but come on everyone, it’s a fact that we do. Just get over it and do your job in the most efficient way that suits your needs for the day. Hell, most of us could truthfully just use text editors for the majority of our work. In the case of Windows, they bundle Notepad into the cost of the OS :P
For me, I use Google Docs for most work and Open Office for finer grain documentation. Having grown up from Word in DOS, until Office 2003, I was very comfortable with the way things worked. Since Office 2007/2010, I can see some good features but really, do we need them?

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David

I think it’s great news for me. I’m a trainer and need to jump in and out of different OS and applications – thats why I have a full range of OS’s available in VBox. To be able to show students “this is how we can do it in MS Office or Open Office or Google Docs” is going to be very useful.

As a Linux user by choice, I’d love to say that we don’t need Microsoft in our lives but come on everyone, it’s a fact that we do. Just get over it and do your job in the most efficient way that suits your needs for the day. Hell, most of us could truthfully just use text editors for the majority of our work. In the case of Windows, they bundle Notepad into the cost of the OS :P
For me, I use Google Docs for most work and Open Office for finer grain documentation. Having grown up from Word in DOS, until Office 2003, I was very comfortable with the way things worked. Since Office 2007/2010, I can see some good features but really, do we need them?

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Styles373

Not needed i use openoffice for my basic needs. seriously who needs all that Features when you want to create simple document.

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drcdebaca

Is there any way that multiple users can use Office 2007. I just ran through the instructions and now have use of Office 2007, but only for my user! It doesn’t show up for any other users. Do I have to install it for all users?

jhpot

Yeah, this is a week point of Wine. It takes up user space for the virtual filestructure, meaning it’s only really accessible to the user who installed the software. It doesn’t come up often because most Linux users don’t let anyone else touch their computer!

There is a hidden folder named “.playonlinux” in your home folder. I suggest changing the permissions of this folder, and then creating a symlink to this folder across all users. Let me know if you need any more help than that.

drcdebaca

So to change permissions I would sudo /home/user/.playonlinux chmod 777? As far as a symlink would it be ln -s /home/user/.playonlinux? Where would I enter that command? Your guidance would be appreciated. Oh, and by the way, I am raising my family on Linux so I’ve got a lot of hands on my computer :) Thanks.

jhpot

I’ve never tried this before, but I bet that would work for you. All you’d need after that is to create the proper shortcuts!

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jhpot

Yeah, this is a week point of Wine. It takes up user space for the virtual filestructure, meaning it’s only really accessible to the user who installed the software. It doesn’t come up often because most Linux users don’t let anyone else touch their computer!

There is a hidden folder named “.playonlinux” in your home folder. I suggest changing the permissions of this folder, and then creating a symlink to this folder across all users. Let me know if you need any more help than that.

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JoranV.

i cant type in the product key, should i install it again or is there another way to fix this?
(im dutch so my english may not be perfect:P)

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JoranV.

i cant type in the product key, should i install it again or is there another way to fix this?
(im dutch so my english may not be perfect:P)

jhpot

I’d try again, because I did not have that problem.

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