Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Install Microsoft Office 2007 in Ubuntu Without Any Hacking

Few weeks ago I wrote about how Codeweavers lets you install vital applications like Microsort Office, Excel, Adobe Photoshop etc..
Well now I want to tell you of an even easier method of Installing Microsoft Office for FREE!
Yup, now you don't have to waste $40 on CrossOver Linux or pirate it.
Google and others have been pumping in money to make Wine more usable. Finally Wine has come to such a stage that no hacking is required to install Microsoft Office 2007.
To install Office in Linux do this:
Install latest version of Wine, anything above version 1.1.03 would do..
Here is a detailed explanation of how to install the latest version of Wine for Ubuntu.
Now go to the folder where the setup file for Microsoft Office exists.
Double click on the .exe file.
The Office installer will pop up, provide the usual password and let the installation begin.
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Thats it, you have installed Office 2007 on Ubuntu.
But there is one problem, on starting Word, you will find ugly crossbars like these:
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To get rid of them do this:
Go to the Office button -> Word Options -> Advanced -> Show document content -> uncheck "Show crop marks".
Here is a working screenshot:
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30 comments:

  1. Hey! thanks for the tip of how to remove the ugly crossbars, i have seen them in word b4 an has been wondering how to remove them

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  2. Hmmm... The only part of Office I really would like to see working is Publisher. Until now it just crashes when you try to save something...

    That's really a shame, because I have to use a virtual install (VirtualBox) of Windows XP just for that one and only application (no - I myself don't need it, but a custumer does)...

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  3. "Google and others have been pumping in money to make Wine more usable. Finally Wine has come to such a stage that no hacking is required to install Microsoft Office 2007." ... Unfortunately Office2007 in Linux via Wine is still a hack. It would make more sense if all that effort went into OpenOffice.org so that no "hacking" needs to be done to work with Office2007 documents.

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  4. Someone needs a newer version of open office^

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  5. I cannot get this to work on my main user account, but I have gotten it to work on root. Any ideas?

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  6. @Anonymous said...
    "I cannot get this to work on my main user account, but I have gotten it to work on root. Any ideas?"
    Can you please explain what do you mean by, "gotten it to work on root"?

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  7. it works if you log into root, but it does not appear on the account of my main user.

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  8. @Anonymous
    Try installing it from your normal account. I wonder how did you manage to log in to root?
    It is not allowed under Ubuntu, and you can only access it using sudo, right?

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  9. Just a point of clarification: Google didn't pump any money at all into Wine with respect to making Office 2007 work. CodeWeavers did the vast majority of that work ourselves, and then returned our patches to the Wine Project, as we always do. Google's funding for Wine-related projects (much of which went to us as well) has mostly been aimed at the Adobe applications, and some others like DragonNaturally Speaking. That's not me being bitter--just wanted credit to go where credit is due. I'm glad Office is working for you.

    Best Wishes,

    -jon parshall-
    COO
    www.codeweavers.com

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  10. @Jon Parshall
    Well in that case, I say thankyou to you from the entire Linux community :)
    and a personal thanks for reading my blog!
    Hope you continue making Wine better.

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  11. do all office programmes work , like groove powerpoint access and outlook
    which works better wine or crossover

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  12. @ Russel:
    Outlook doesn't work, I haven't tried Groove.
    Latest Wine works better than Crossover.

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  13. Also: money spent on Crossover isn't wasted, as it goes directly into improving Wine.

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  14. Outlook *does* work. I use Outlook 2007 day in and day out under CrossOver, running against our Exchange server here at CodeWeavers. Outlook 2003 is even more stable. We eat our own dog food, bottom line.

    -jon parshall-
    COO
    www.codeweavers.com

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  15. Stop promoting running proprietary garbage software on Linux! There is certainly nothing "vital" about Microsoft Office, as it is easily, and trivially, replaceable by a multitude of proper Free and open source applications. Considering your last article was all about shortening the grub wait for a Windows dual-boot system, why don't you just keep your proprietary crap on your windows partition, and keep Linux for only good, Free software... You're encouraging irresponsible behaviour among other (especially new) Linux users who simply cannot stop suckling at Microsoft's teat.

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  16. Everyone having problems with only being able to install as root/sudo --

    The wine directory of your current user is probably damaged. Here's how the install MSO2007 with a different Wine prefix --

    WINEPREFIX=~/.wineprefix_mso2007 wine setup.exe

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  17. Where are you getting wine 1.1.3 from....adding the repo for ubuntu jaunty gives me 1.1.2 development...and the website also only has 1.1.2 development?

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  18. @Solv
    Oops! thanks for telling me my mistake... actually it should have been 1.1.03
    I'll correct it...
    the current version should work fine.

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  19. Already emailed info@codeweavers, thought I would try here as well. Getting the following error when trying to install Office 2007.

    err:msi:ACTION_CallDllFunction Custom action (L"C:\\windows\\temp\\msi8b7c.tmp":L"OfficeDataLockPermissions") caused a page fault: c0000005
    err:ntdll:RtlpWaitForCriticalSection section 0x7e5e8ef8 "handle.c: MSI_object_cs" wait timed out in thread 0078, blocked by 0042, retrying (60 sec)

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  20. @Dominic S. Romeo
    Here is your solution, no need to mess with Codeweavers:
    http://helpforlinux.blogspot.com/2008/12/install-microsoft-office-2007-in-ubuntu.html

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  21. Did anyone succeed in installing Office 2007 on Ubuntu 9.04 with Wine 1.1.20?
    I keep getting an error after about 70% of the installation: "An unknown error occured" and then you have just to finish.

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  22. I have Wine 1.1.20. I've been trying to install Office 2007 Plus. About 30% into the install it stops and says that setup has experienced an error and that's it. I can't get it done.

    Does anyone know how to get around this?

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  23. Really I've noticed that I'm having problems overall with Wine. I can't install any windows based programs, not just MSOffice...

    Can anyone help me please? I've tried everything i've seen online in regard to wine.

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  24. @Gennosuke
    Try uninstalling Wine, delete the .wine folder from Home and then reinstall... that should solve your problem

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  25. playonlinux is a nice little gui frontend for wine written in python. it basically does all the work for you.

    check it out:PlayOnLinux

    too bad access and groove don't work (don't care for groove but do for access)

    hope this was useful and have fun with linux!!

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  26. got office installed with crossover - word excel and PPT work but not groove, access and infopath

    any ideas would be helpful
    TIA

    ashok hingorani / MVP Groove Workspaces

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  27. I get an error when it says it is preparing to install. I am trying to install Microsoft Office XP I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

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  28. wow!right now i would shift from window into ubuntu.back then there a few program for windows that can run in linux.also few of application for linux too.i'm so impress that office 2007 can run in ubuntu with wine application.i will try it and i will try to make a review of it ...

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  29. wine is asking me for MSXML v 6.10.1129.0 to install MS office 2010. I agree with previous anon. comment - to work on Openoffice instead of wine.

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