Friday, July 20, 2012

How to install MS Office 2010 in Linux? Even in 64-bit OS you can have Office 2010

I understand Linux purists would fume with this topic. I appreciate the LibreOffice suite - it is really good. But, a lot of Linux users who started with Windows, are more comfortable with MS Office. Also, I have seen quite a few Mac users using more MS Office for their documentation work than i-Works. Without going into the debate, given below are the simple steps how I installed MS Office 2010 Pro Plus in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit through WINE. Following similar steps I don't think there would be any issue in installing MS Office 2010 in other Linux OSs as well.

Steps:

1. Download the latest PlayonLinux from here. 4.1.3 is the latest now - the version available in Ubuntu Software repository is not the latest, 4.0.6 possibly and that won't be useful for this exercise. If you've installed from Ubuntu repo, uninstall it before installing PlayonLinux 4.1.3.

For Ubuntu Precise & all its derivatives (Mint, Bodhi, Ultimate, Pear, etc.), you can install the latest PlayonLinux from the terminal as well. The commands are as follows:
$wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -
$sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_precise.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
$sudo apt-get update
$sudo apt-get install playonlinux


2. Copy MS Office ISO in a USB drive, if you don't have installation DVD!
Once installed, before actually proceeding to installation of MS Office, you should do this step to ensure that the App locates your ISO and reads it!

3. Start installation!
Once you start, playonlinux will download Microsoft fonts.

The office installation process is fairly simple. And keep your internet connection on for the process to work.

Click on Install on the top panel or Install a program on the right panel. Ignore the MS Office icons in the figure right now, they won't be there when you begin.
Go to Office, you'll see Microsoft Office 2010 entry. Click it and then click Install at the bottom. First a virtual drive Office2010 will be created and then you'll see the screen below.
My USB, named New Volume is actually visible in the list when I pressed next.
Ignore the FAT32 error and just click next.


Click next to start the installation. The app will download a few essential pre-requisites automatically before processing with the actual installation.


Once the pre-requisites are downloaded, actual process should begin with a screen like this.




Ignore the last error message, if appears on your screen. Already Office 2010 is installed in Wine.

Once complete correctly, playonlinux screen will look like this.
One caution, the installation with me was not as smooth as shown here. I became lucky at the third attempt!

Some screenshots of MS Office 2010 in my Pear Linux 5!




81 comments:

  1. I thank you for this guide, also if my english is not good as I would, I follow your great work and I installing my msoffice 2010 (unfortunately all in my office use it and is not easy to work with libreoffice and document from msoffice). I would like to ask you if I must follow the same guide to install other windows application (like Kies for Samsung) but at the end of installation I have problem with DLL necessary for the program. Could you help me? Thank you from Italy...

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    1. Hi Lorenzo, glad that the instructions could help you installing MSoffice. PlayonLinux supports only limited applications and if the Windows app you want to install is not in that list, it is difficult for sure. Let me know which are the Windows programs you want to install.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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    2. Hi Arindam, I would like to install MSAccess, I know that it's not supported by wine or Playonlinux but... in my office (an italian police station) we have a lot of database created with it, so I try to install it or find a guide to install it in Ubuntu but no success. I don't know if in linux there are a software like MsAccess.

      Many thanks for all your great work with your website.
      (I'm sorry if I made some mistakes in English).
      Ciao
      Lorenzo

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    3. Hi Lerenzo, please install LibreOffice Base. It is the Linux version of MsAccess and works very well with access datasets. All linux repositories have LibreOffice software and you can install it from there.

      Great to know that you found my website helpful! Thanks for the same.

      Have a great day ahead!
      Regards,
      Arindam

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    4. While Arindam is right, in case you really need MS Access and LibreOffice was not sufficent for some reason, Microsoft Office Professional Plus is the version you need (as it has MS Access).
      I have already heard of someone installing MS Office Pro Plus to use Access on linux.
      HTH

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    5. Hi Lorenzo:

      I just now checked. I installed MS Access using the same method as I stated in the article and it works in playonlinux. So, as Laci said, you need to get a copy of MS Office 2010 Professional Plus and while installing you have to select MS Access along with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other programs that you need from the Customize option.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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  2. Thanks, I just used your guide to install Office 2010 on Ubuntu 12.10!

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    1. Great to know that my guide could help you! Thanks :)

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  3. This guide was so helpful! Also used it to install Office 2010 on Ubuntu 12.04, works great

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    1. Glad to know that my guide could help you! Thanks :)

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    2. Your guide is excellent! Just one question:

      What do you recommend doing about the updates panel that comes up on the first use of Word? Did you select "Install Updates Only" or "Don't make changes"?

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    3. Install updates only if your office copy is genuine :). But, at times there may be issues in connecting with internet via wine.

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  4. Arindam, what about the updates panel that comes up on the first use of Word? Should I check "Install Updates Only" or "Don't make changes"?

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    1. I selected don't make changes. But, I guess you can opt for install updates as well, both work.

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  5. Fantastic! Thanks very much for the concise instructions.

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  6. How you activate office??

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    1. This is a way of overcoming the technical barriers to running MS Office on Linux. Licensing requirements remain unchanged and you will need a valid key.

      Here is mine:

      WHYNO-TUSEL-IBREO-FFICE-40USD

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    2. Licensing requirement remains the same. It will ask if you would like to enter a license key and/or go for phone validation, just as you do in Windows 7.

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  7. Brilliant guide. I was able to install office 2010 on 12.10. Appears to work perfectly.

    I originally installed office under wine without play on linux and selecting a doc/docx in the file open dialogue didn't work, but under play on linux it does!

    Thanks

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  8. using Ubuntu precise, I need help to write in arabic in office 2010/2007 ... it doesn see; work.

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    1. I think you need to download the MS Arabic Fonts and copy it to the Fonts folder. Wine creates windows like file structure inside and there is a font directory as well. I never tried to use any other font than what is given. Please let me get back on this in 2-3 days time.

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  9. Hello!

    Great guide. Everything went smoothly for me, but when I use Powerpoint, I get terrible font problems. Things just do not look right. I tried to remedy this by installing the MS fonts from the playonlinux install menue. This did the trick for me, but only once. The next time I opened PP the problem was back and installing the fonts again did not work any more. Did you have any similar experiences?

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    1. I didn't face any font problem when I installed in Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon. But, I'll try to install MS fonts and check if I can find a solution.

      Thanks,
      Arindam

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  10. Thank U very very very much !!!!! I was looking for something similar for a long time and never found !! Finally I've been able to install Office on Ubuntu !!! You're fantastic !!!
    Great greeting from Italy (I'm Italian too as Lorenzo ;-))

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  11. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    The PlayOnLinux (Actually wine to be exact) installer complained that mono is not installed, and prompted if it should download and install it for me [This popped up just before it downloaded dotnetfx.exe as per your screenshots above]. I've accepted it and it continued.

    Once the dotnetfx.exe downloaded, i got an error message:

    The program VCREDI~1.EXE has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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    1. Try redownloading - at times these things take multiple attempts to work.

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  12. the first command line on ur guide is not working for me:
    $wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add -

    can u help me ???

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    1. You can directly download the latest version of PlayonLinux from Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora/PCLinuxOS repositories. Actually when I wrote the latest version wasn't available in the repo and hence, had to download the latest version from outside. Now, I guess, every Linux repo has the latest version.

      Thanks.

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  13. I tried to install Office 2010 without PlayOnLinux using pure Wine, but that was way more complex and I couldn't get Office to open files correctly.

    Thanky you for these simple instructions. It works perfectly!

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    1. Glad that my article could help you. Thanks.

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  14. Awesome... works quite well...thank you!!
    The ubuntu theme(font type and stuff) is quite different from that the one in MS-office 2010 installed. any way to sync them up?

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    1. I'll get back to you on this by the end of December. Actually not finding much time these days to work on the MS Office piece. I normally use LibreOffice or if required MS Office 2013 installed in Windows 7 or Windows 8 in virtualbox inside Linux.

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  15. Brilliant! Works perfectly. I did have to burn a copy of my Office 2010 DVD to my computer because PlayonLinux didn't find/recognise my CDRom.

    Furthermore, some things didn't happen in the same order as in your guide, but I say this just to encourage others if they have problems with the installation!

    Once again, thanks.

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  16. Doesn't work for me with downloaded installation file from Microsoft for trial. Everything works fine until the installer wants to begin. Then a window appears with "Wait until Microsoft Office 2010 is installed..." and then it hangs. System is Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

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    1. I found the mistake: There needs to be installed the 32bit version, also on 64bit systems. And I forgot it: Thanks for this description! :)

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  17. this step is good but how to use software in multiple user pls forword the step link

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    1. I checked, the MS Office installed via playonlinux works for multiple users as well.

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  18. Hi,

    Any idea if it will be able to upgrade to MS Office 2013 when it is released?

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  19. Hopefully someone will see this. I tryed this method and everything went fine until I get the option to enter my product key. It will not let me type anything into the box. Has anyone else encountered this??

    I am running Mint Cinnamon

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    1. I faced it myself. Only way out is to reinstall playonlinux & wine. Possibly the latest version of wine wasn't downloaded accurately. Reinstalling helps here.

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    2. The way I found was to disable the override for the riched2.0 library that the PlayOnLinux script automatically put into the wine setup. I think that once activation is complete you should re-enable the override.

      However, I am still having trouble getting activation to work, but it is a different issue. I enter my key, click "Install Now" and the program just waits a minute or so before telling me that "configuration did not complete successfully."
      I'm going back to google to see what I can find...

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  20. After a third round of installation MS Office 2010 (90 days trial version) runs via PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    One trade off:
    Powerpoint does not start. Start Up is showing up shortly but the program is not running. Any idea?
    Cheers,
    Spirogyra

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    1. Reinstall. I have installed Office 2010 in three of my Linux PC/Laptops. Installation took on average 5 attempts each and I ran into different problems incl. the one you mentioned. Only solution I found is to start afresh, unfortunately - nothing in the net or forums helped me :(.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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    2. Dear Arindam,
      Thank you - seems to be not that easy with powerpoint!
      Did you re-install the entire office 2010 or only powerpoint?
      Did you install the virtual drive wineprefix everytime new or just overwrite?
      Cheers,
      Spirogyra

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    3. Hi Spirogyra:

      I reinstalled entire office and virtual drive wine prefix everytime to be on the safer side. Actually I have MS Office 2010 on Linux in all the 4 computers I have. Sometimes the first attempt worked, in some cases it took 5-6 attempts :).

      Regards,
      Arindam

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    4. Definitely needs a bit of luck, I guess :)

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    5. Hi Arindam,

      I re-installed PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 and did the setup of MS Office n o t via right mouse click on the set up file to run PlayOnLinux . I used the option in PlayOnLinux under "Actions" preselection group "office" to install MS Office. There is a list of supported Microsoft Office versions. Power point is now starting without any problems. It worked already with the 1st attempt!!
      Regards,
      Spirogyra

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    6. Awesome!!! It takes me 2-3 attempts almost every time.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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  21. Wow...tried several times before I read this...same error message would stop it half way.
    Followed your instructions and it installed in one go...Great write-up and screen shots..thanks a million.

    Regards,
    Luc

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    1. Thanks, great to know that my article was helpful to you.

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  22. You are the best person in the world!!!!!

    THANKYOU

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    1. Thanks, great to know that my article was helpful to you.

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  23. It is too bad, it does not seem to work for Publisher :/
    I keep trying

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    1. Publisher doesn't work with playonlinux, unfortunately. Could get only word, excel, powerpoint, access and one note started.

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  24. It can't be run directly under Wine? Has to be run through PlayOnLinux?

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    1. I tried a few times but didn't work for me directly in Wine. But, works well with PlayonLinux.

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  25. I just saw the icons on the desktop. Please ignore previous comment. This is fabtastic!

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  26. Hi Arindam,

    Thank you for this wonderful guide.

    Please let me know does this works for Outlook 2010 32 Bit too on Ubuntu 64 Bit OS.

    I am very dependent on Outlook 2010 for my emails, calendars and contact look-ups.

    Regards,
    Vikas

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  27. Hi,

    Thanks for the great guide.

    I have a real, paid for version of word on my windows partition that was installed using an .exe file.

    However, I can't find a download for an installation disk .iso, and using the same .exe is giving me errors. Any ideas where I could get an .iso from?

    Thanks, Sam

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  28. Never mind, got it! Tried again with a 32 bit .exe

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  29. Brilliant! The only way I was able to install Office 2010 on Ubuntu 13.04...

    One comment: before I was able to launch the program, it asked for cURL to be installed. it is very straight forward:
    1) sudo apt-get update
    2) sudo apt-get install cURL

    After that, the whole process when just fine

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  30. Hello i'm a linux user and i follow the tutorial and the office work fine but in excel the preview for print no appears. Sory my inglish. Any one have the same problem, and solve?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Antonio:

      I think Printing will be difficult from Excel. Unless a printer is installed & integrated in playonlinux, it won't show print preview.

      Thanks,
      Arindam

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  31. Thank you so much.. I've been struggling to install it with just Wine all day and then I tried this guide and It worked first time! Thanks!

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    1. Glad that my blog was useful to you.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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  32. Does this also install Outlook 2010 ?

    Regards,
    Vikas

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    1. Well, I was able to install MS Office 2010 with both Crossover and PlayOnLinux, BUT in none of them Outlook worked ..though MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint worked flawlessly

      Interestingly, Outlook 2010 running on layer of Crossover/PlayOnLinux was not able to connect to internet :(

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    2. Outlook doesn't work with PlayonLinux. Basically, anything which requires connecting to internet doesn't work, unfortunately.

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    3. But then why do the claim to run ? This is not good. :(

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  33. Nice!!
    For me worked in the very first time.
    However, I didn't use a ISO file, I have the installation files in a folder, so I just picked the setup.exe directly from there.
    Thank you very much!

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    1. Great to know that it worked first time for you!! Yes, you can install MS Office from either .exe file or .iso - PlayonLinux works with both.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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  34. Thanks to the author of this post
    May you get license key for free of all the software product you wish !

    Regards
    Apurv Srivastav

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    1. hahaha ... good one! And a big thanks for liking my post.

      Regards,
      Arindam

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  35. can you tell me how can I make my ubuntu look like your? what theme, icons, etc.? thank you in advanced and thanks for the tutorial

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  36. Hi,

    I'm using Ubuntu now, together with Windows (installed via WUBI). I have Office 2010 already installed.
    How can I use Office 2010 with PlayonLinux without a new installation?

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    1. Hi,

      Ubuntu is a separate OS and you can't use the office installed in Windows in Ubuntu. You have to install MS Office in Ubuntu.

      Thanks,
      Arindam

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