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Guide for installing MS Office 2010 on Ubuntu 13.10 (using Wine)

Installing Microsoft Office 2010 on Ubuntu 13.10/14.04

Results

Word works. Excel works.(1) PowerPoint works.

Access and Outlook were not tested.

VBA works(2).

Works with multiple monitors fine. However, you can only maximize the application window on the monitor where that application was opened. Snap (quasi-maximize) works thought.

(1) Switching between multiple open spreadsheets in a single Excel instance only works via View -> Switch Windows.

(2) Tested on some Excel spreadsheets only, not on other applications.

How to get it working?

Use (recent) Wine.

Based on the Microsoft Office 2010 32 bits entry in the Wine App DB.

Office should be installed on a 32-bit Wine prefix, preferably an empty one.

The following instructions should work on a new system, and summarize the information on the Wine guide.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa          # official Wine PPA
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.7 wine-mono4.5.2          # Latest wine and wine-mono
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32_mso2010 winecfg  # Create a separate and 32-bit wine prefix
cd OFFICE14/                                         # Change to your installation folder
WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32_mso2010 wine setup.exe          # Run the setup on the created wine prefix

For PowerPoint to work, it is necessary to set the following library override in winecfg: riched20: native, builtin.

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