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Microsoft Word tends to treat all documents as if they were simple documents. It is like trying to build a house with only a hammer and a saw. Libre Office also includes the hammer and saw. But it also provides you with a set of blueprints for organizing the construction process and a whole team of specialists for doing the foundation, framing, drywall, plumbing and electrical tasks.

No matter what type of document you are writing, Libre Writer is better than Microsoft Word. Even if MS Office were free, you would still be better off using Libre Office. But the truth is that MS Office is not free. In fact, it is very expensive. The complete version, with Publisher costs nearly $600. In this section, we will first review several different categories of documents and then describe specific benefits of using Libre Writer over Microsoft Word.

LibreOffice Writer is similar to MS Word 2003
On first impression, the Libre Office Writer menu looks very similar to the MS Word 2003 menu. This is in itself a benefit because hundreds of millions of people around the world use the Windows XP operating system with MS Word 2003 to create and edit their documents. You should install and learn Libre Office because, on April 8 2014, Microsoft ended support for both Windows XP and MS Office 2003. Microsoft is hoping that killing the Windows XP computers will force XP users to shell out hundreds of dollars for Windows 8.1 and MS Office – programs that are vastly different from Windows XP and MS Office 2003. Thankfully, there is another option. Just install the free program Linux Mint Mate – which comes with Libre Office already installed. Problem solved!

LibreOffice Writer also has Better Tools for creating complex documents
While LibreOffice Writer looks similar to MS Word 2003, there is much more to it! In fact, LibreOffice Writer offers a whole range of tools to create complex documents that are not present on any version of MS Word. To understand how Libre Writer is better than MS Word, we will first cover four different types of documents and then describe several benefits to show how Libre Writer is much better than Word for creating complex documents like 400 page books.

Four Types of Documents
Microsoft Word treats pretty much all documents the same. But LibreOffice comes with different levels of tools for different kinds of documents. Although there is some overlap, documents can be divided into roughly four categories:

Simple Documents like articles under 10 pages in length.
Complex Documents like chapters under 50 pages in length.
Multilevel Books like Print on Demand books under 400 pages in length.
Websites and Ebooks – which are the same length as a multilevel book but which have several additional characteristics.

Different Types of Documents require Different Kinds of Tools
When writing a complex four hundred page book, one of the biggest problems any prospective author runs into is trying to keep their book organized. It is important to understand that different types of documents require different kinds of organizational strategies and different kinds of tools. Below is a table outlining four different types of documents and strategies for creating and organizing each of them. This is followed by a brief discussion of each type of document.

Document Type


# Pages

# Images

Move with

Outline Levels

Style Types

Simple Articles





Header Type

Manual Format Styles

Complex Chapters





Header Types

Default Format Styles

Multilevel PDF and POD Books



Separate Folders


Header Types

Custom Format Styles

Ebooks &

Websites with Multiple Pages



Separate Folders


Header Types

HTML tags and

CSS Style Sheet

Simple Documents
Simple documents, like simple websites or a single article, are typically under ten pages and have only a few images. There is not much need for a published outline or table of contents and there is typically one header type and one style type - such as a single font family and a single font size. Any formatting changes to this default style can quickly be done manually by selecting the text and then clicking on the icon, such as Bold, in the Format Toolbar. The article is divided into topics - each with a topic heading in bold. Each topic is divided into one or more paragraphs. This process works well for short simple documents. But it can create bad habits which turn into a disaster when trying to create longer more complex documents. Either MS Word or Libre Writer handles these simple documents in about the same way. The structure of a simple document is:

Article Title
Topic 1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Complex Documents
Complex documents are up to 50 pages in length and may have up to 100 images. Complex documents are more likely to come with a simple Table of Contents. Complex documents are more than just a combination of simple documents – because the formatting is now better done by using a predefined template with custom “styles.” The Libre Office template manager handles templates and styles much better than MS Word. An example of a complex document is a chapters with several sections. The structure of a complex document is:

Table of Contents... Chapter Title

Section 1 Title
Topic 1.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Section 2 Title
Topic 2.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Section 3 Title
Topic 3.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 3.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 3.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Multilevel Books
Multilevel PDF or “Print on Demand” books have up to 400 pages. By multilevel, we are referring to the fact that books this long should come with a two to three level Table of Contents – involving at least two different styles of headings. This is where Libre Office Writer excels. It allows us to navigate among the various sections of our book with a unique tool called the “Navigator.” Once done, Libre Office helps you export the resulting document as a PDF with full control over both formatting and editing – another set of features not found in MS Word. The structure of a multilevel book is:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Title
Section 1.1 Title
Topic 1.1.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.1.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.1.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Section 1.2 Title
Topic 1.2.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.2.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 1.2.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Chapter 2 Title

Section 2.1 Title
Topic 2.1.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.1.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.2.3...Conclusion

Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Section 2 Title
Topic 2.2.1... Introduction
Topic 1 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.2.2... Main Topic
Topic 2 Paragraphs Text and Images
Topic 2.2.3...Conclusion
Topic 3 Paragraphs Text and Images

Websites and Ebooks
Websites and Ebooks are very similar as both are formatted using HTML tags and CSS style sheets. Both websites and Ebooks require precise segregation of images – meaning that the images are actually separate files (such as JPEG files) which are placed in separate folders and then inserted as links inside of the HTML text document. Having spent many years building hundreds of websites and teaching courses in website design and construction, I am acutely aware of how difficult this process can be for the average writer. Libre Office Writer has numerous tools to make this process much easier.

This is a very brief overview of Libre Writer tools for creating Print Books and Ebooks. Because this is a somewhat complex topic, we cover how to use Libre Office Writer to create a Print on Demand book and/or an Ebook in our next book - which is called Create your own Ebook using Libre Office Writer. However, it is important to know how Libre Writer does a much better job helping you organize a complex several hundred page book than MS Word. The beauty of Libre Writer is that it not only works well for creating simple documents but it also has all kinds of tools for organizing increasingly complex documents. Libre Office Writer is designed to be not only a word processor - like MS Word 2003 - but also an idea organizer.

Advantages of Libre Writer for Creating a Print or EBook
The initial interface, tool bars and menus of Libre Writer do a great job of creating and editing simple documents. In addition, Libre Office also offers a whole range of tools for creating, organizing and editing very complex documents such as 400 page books.

Five Tools Libre Writer offers for organizing complex documents
The following are five extremely important tools Libre Writer offers to help you organize your Print Book and/or Ebook.
First, the Writer Styles Window allows precise control over every aspect of every document.
Second, the Page Stylesfunction allows different formatting of different pages.
Third, Writer Paragraph Stylescan be tied into a Linkable Table of Contents.
Fourth, Writer offers an incredible image optimization tool –essential for publishing an EBook or posting your articles to a website.
Fifth, Writer also offers advanced PDF import and export functions.
Below, we will review all five of these tools.

#1 The Styles and Formatting Window
Another floating window, Styles and Formatting, places all of LibreOffice's five categories of styles - paragraphs, characters, frames, pages, and lists - within easy reach and allows easy creation and modification of styles. You can easilyand quickly apply any style to your document in order to see what it looks like. To reach the Styles Window, go to Formatting, Styles.

We will cover style formatting options in greater detail later in this chapter.

#2 Writer Page Style Options
In Word, you can adjust some limited page features such as margins columns. But all paragraphs have the same alignment and different formatting for different pages is difficult. Writer's addition of page styles gives you far more flexibility with much less effort. By careful use of the Organizer tab, you can set your document to change page styles automatically, so that a First Page style is always followed by a Left Page and a Left Page by a Right Page. Since headers and footers are also attached to page style, you can also use different header and footer styles automatically to create a different layout for the left or even pages than you have on the right or odd pages. To reach the Page Styles Default Style screen, go to Format, Pages.


#3 Hierarchical Paragraph Styles linked to your Table of Contents
Word generates tables of contents using existing templates. However, the result is not editable, and invariably looks bad. Writer provides a far wider range of possibilities. You can adjust the position of all the components of a table of contents entry, or determine whether they appear at all. Each level of the table includes its own editable paragraph style, and, while Writer, like Word, assumes you will use heading styles to create entries, you can also manually enter other markers if you wish. The result is a far more flexible set of design options which can be easily edited and updated. To see the window linking the Styles to your Table of Contents, click on Indexes and Tables. Then click on Styles. Note that any style, including custom styles, can be attached to any Table of Contents.


#4 Writer Image Optimization Tool
One of the most glaring shortcomings of MS Word is the lack of an image optimization tool. With Writer, all you need to do to optimize any image in any document is to right click on it.

This brings up a whole selection of image adjustment options. The most important of these for those wishing to publish their information as an ebook or web page is the “compress graphic” tool.


Click on Calculate to determine the exact file size after compression.


The tool also automatically converts inefficient PNG images into efficient JPEG images. It is typical for image file sizes to be reduced my 80% or more – meaning your web page will load four times faster than if you had used images which were not optimized. In addition, PDF documents can be transferred much more rapidly if the images are optimized.

#5 Advanced PDF Import, Edit and Export Options
Both Writer and Word support saving a file as PDF. However, Word provides only basic options. Writer's Export to PDF function provides an exhaustive set of options for those who want them. Instead of Word's vague options for quality, Writer lets you set the exact image quality and resolution. You can also set exactly how links in the original are handled and set the details of the initial view for the PDF window. Most important, you can add a free tool to Libre Writer which allows you to not only create PDF documents - but also to import them and edit them! Given the importance of PDF creation to modern print on demand publishing, if you are writing a self publish book, you really should use Libre Writer. To reach the Libre Writer PDF export window, go to File, Export as PDF.

We will cover all five of these tools plus many more in our next book, called Create your own Ebook with Libre Office Writer. However, because Styles are so important even if you are not writing a book, we will spend some more time on this topic later in this chapter.

History of Libre Office
Once you learn what a powerful word processing tool Libre Writer is, you might start to wonder where such an incredible tool came from. The answer is that it was created gradually over a period of several years by thousands of programmers working in the open source community. But it all started with a free open source word processing program called Star Office which was created in Germany and brought to the US in 2001 and renamed Open Office. In January, 2011, Open Office became encumbered with commercial conflicts. The majority of Open Office developers left and started a new free open source project called Libre Office. Initially, Libre Office was a clone of Open Office. However, over the past five years, thanks to the work of thousands of contributors, Libre Office has made huge strides in first matching and then passing Microsoft Office. The latest version, Libre Office 4.4, was released in February 2015 and offers many incredible features.

Five Advantages of Libre Office over MS Office 2013 for simple documents
There are at least five major advantages of Libre Office 4 over MS Office 2013 for creating simple documents.
First, LibreOffice costs much less. In fact, it is free.
Second, LibreOffice is easier to install and requires less space on your computer.
Third, Libre Office is easier to use because it uses a single well structured menu (like Word 2003) rather than the ever changing “ribbons” of Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013.
Fourth, Libre Office is the world's most compatible and versatile word processor. It can convert between file formats and open different file formats. It can also run on several different operating systems.
Fifth, Libre Office also offers 650 additional free tools, called extensions which can be added to Libre Office from the Libre Office Extension directory.

Below we offer more details about each of these five advantages.

#1 Libre Office costs much less. In fact, it is free
Even if MS Office 2016 were free, you would still be better off using Libre Office. But the fact is that MS Office 2016 is not free. In fact, it is incredibly expensive. The complete version, with Publisher costs nearly $400 per computer!

08 A big change in Office 2013 compared to past versions of Office is that instead of it being licensed for one user, it is only licensed for one computer. So if you have three different computers in your house, and you want to use Outlook and Publisher, you are looking at spending $1,200. This is on top of whatever you paid for your computers. To offset this dramatic increase in price, Microsoft is now also offering something called Office 365. This allows you to rent Office for about $10 per month. Over the normal five year life of a computer, this comes to $600. At this rate, God only knows what they will charge to use the next version of Office. Now imagine you are running a small business with ten employees. To figure out what Office will cost, just multiple all of the above numbers by ten. So the first reason move to Libre Office is to get off of the Microsoft price increase treadmill!

#2 Libre Office is easier to install and requires less space on your computer
One of the biggest advantages of Linux Mint Mate over Microsoft Windows is that Linux Mint comes with the world’s best word processor - Libre Office - for free and it is preinstalled on Linux Mint! By comparison, Microsoft Windows does not come with any word processor – and to get MS Office 2016 will cost you hundreds of dollars. To install Office 2016, you need to first go to the Microsoft store and set up an account and give them your credit card number. You eventually get to the Download page and have to load this huge Office program file. If you are using Office 365 you also get the joy of paying monthly bills with your credit card. But with Libre Office, if you are using Linux, it is already preloaded. It comes free with Linux Mint. If you are using Windows and want to add Libre Office, it is a simple matter of just clicking on a couple of buttons. As for space, MS Office requires 3 GB on your hard drive. Libre Office is only 545 MB.

Download and Install Libre Office 4 for Windows
There is no need to download or install Libre Office if you are using Linux. It is already there. However, if you want to try Libre Office side by side with MS Office while in Windows, you can easily download it and install it. To get a free download of Libre Office for Windows, go to their website: https://www.libreoffice.org/

Then click on Downloads. Or go straight to the Downloads page.

Click on the Main Installer to download the file. Then save the file and the help pack in your Downloads folder. Then run the Libre Office file as an administrator to install it onto your Windows computer.

Then click on Writer to create a new document. There should now be a Libre Office icon on your desktop. It doesn't get any easier than this!

#3 Libre Office is easier to use because it has a traditional menu
For many years, Microsoft used a simple fixed menu to allow access to important functions. Below is the Office 2003 Word simple Menu.


You could customize this menu in many ways to have quick access to whatever tools you used most. Each of the main tabs such as File, Edit and View offered fixed vertical drop down menus so that it was very easy for even a novice to learn and remember where various tools were at.

With Office 2007, the simple fixed menu was replaced with a complex ribbon:

The File tab from Word 2003 was replaced by a Windows icon in the upper left corner. This was very confusing to many novices. Clicking on the Home Tab, the Insert Tab or any other tab displayed a new horizontal menu called a “ribbon” instead of the traditional drop down menu. Above is the ribbon for the “Home” tab. The problem with the ribbons is that each contains many more choices than the simple 2003 Word vertical drop down menus. This not only meant a steeper learning curve – but also slowed down word processing as you had to look through many choices to find the one you want. Folks describe it as looking for a needle in a rather big hay stack. In addition, many of the functions were indicated only by a very small icon – rather than the text menu items used with Word 2003. Thus, one also had to remember what each icon did. Having been an adult education instructor for more than 20 years and having taught many students both Word 2003 and Word 2007, I can say for certain that Word 2003 is easier for students to learn than 2007.

I can also confirm that the ribbon is one of the stupidest things Microsoft has ever done. Below is the Office 2010 Word Home Menu Ribbon.

This was an improvement over the 2007 Word menu because it replaced the terrible Windows icon with the traditional “File” tab. But it still used the crazy ribbon. Thus many still felt like they were looking for a needle in a haystack. Below is the Home tab on the Office 2013 Word menu.


There is a new tab called Design which covers some of the functions which used to be in the Insert tab or the Page Layout tab. This is a slight improvement because it places fewer choices on the Insert and Page Layout tabs. But the SAVE and SAVE AS function have gotten much worse. Clicking on File brings up the same options. But click on File, then click on Save or Save As and you will be in for a big surprise. The Save function now defaults to Sky Drive (if you do not like Sky Drive, then too bad for you). The Save As function adds an almost useless intermediary screen to slow you down.

Below is the Libre Office Writer Menu in Windows (which uses Times New Roman).


Below is the Libre Writer Menu in Linux Mint (which uses a font called Liberation)


This is the best part about Libre Office. Sanity has returned. If you have a Windows XP computer with Word 2003 – which is the case with one in three computer users today – then you will have a much easier time using Libre Office than using MS Office 2013. Even if you have spent the past three years using Office 2010, you will have an easier time using Libre Office that MS Office 2013.

#4 Libre Office can convert between file formats and open different file formats without subjecting users to a bunch of fake warnings.
Libre Office Writer is not only compatible with all versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, it is also compatible with Microsoft Publisher and Adobe PDF. It is also compatible with HTML formatting used to create websites and e-publishing documents. It has also resolved issues of past open source programs in providing a more consistent display of tables, headers and footers. You do not even need to install Linux to use Libre Office. Libre Office 4 comes in versions for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is time for all of us to join the 30 million people already using Libre Office!

Libre Office Writer offers many Compatibility Tools
Any time you want to open and work with any document with Libre Office, just click on this icon to open Libre Office. Then click on the “Writer” icon to bring up the Writer document edit screen. You can create the document in Libre Office and then save it as a ODF or a Word document or even an HTML file.


ODF = Open Document Format which is the standard Open Source document. The ending extension for an ODF document is odt.

LibreOffice Writer also comes with a Document Conversion Wizard for converting documents between LibreOffice and MS Office. Open any doc or docx document with LibreOffice Writer, then click on File, Wizards, Document Converter.


This brings up a simple tool for converting three major types of Word documents.


Select Word document and LibreOffice Writer will then create a copy of all MS Word Doc and DocX documents to ODT files – while still retaining all of the MS Word Doc and DocX files. I was able to convert 268 Doc and DocX files to ODT documents in a matter of a couple of minutes using this tool.

Libre Office also comes with a Web Wizard which can turn your document into an Ebook. Just click on File, Wizards, Web Page Wizard.


Conversion Issues and MS Office Sabotage
There is almost no problem converting between MS Word 2003 DOC documents and Libre Office ODT documents. The one real exception to this rule is that Word text boxes do not convert well. Text boxes should therefore be changed to images before conversion. There is also not much of a problem using Libre Writer to convert Libre Office ODT documents to MS Word 2007 DOCX documents. However, there are occasionally problems using MS Word to convert DOCX documents to ODT documents.

The biggest problem is that DOCX documents handle images in a much different way that ODT or DOC documents. There is no benefit to the way DOCX handles images. Instead it appears to be a deliberate attempt to punish people who use either DOC or ODT documents. It creates compatibility problems which force people to buy the latest version of MS Office. For this reason, if you have friends who you want to share a file with who use MS Office, we recommend that you create the file as a Word 2003 DOC file rather than a Word 2007 DOCX file.

With recent advances by Libre Office, you may be able to save ODT documents as Word 2007 documents and have the images turn out okay. Just check the file after you create it. Sadly, Microsoft is also working hard on making DOCX not compatible with Libre Office, so be careful and do not assume anything.

There also seems to be a slight problem converting from one operating system to another. In a recent series of tests I did on file conversion using a very large document with 20 images, I was able to convert documents back and forth between file systems several times as long as I stayed inside of Windows 7 using MS Office 2010 and/or Libre Office 4. I was also able to convert back and forth between file types in Linux Mint using LibreOffice 4. I was also able to import numerous files that had been converted between DocX to Doc and DocX to ODT.

However, one document which had started out as Doc X in MS Office 2010 and then converted to ODT and then converted back to Doc X in MS Office 2010 and then imported to Linux Mint and opened in LibreOffice Writer was corrupted and most of the document was lost. The lesson from this test is to create a backup of any document you want to convert from one format to another – especially if you are exporting a document from Windows/MS Office to Linux Mint/LibreOffice.

Real versus Fake Warning Messages
Libre Office gives you a standard warning when saving an ODF document as a Word document:


The odds are that the correct formatting is preserved over 90% of the time. So feel free to convert ODT documents to Word documents and Word documents to ODT documents. Libre Office is very compatible with Word 2003 and usually compatible with Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013. If you are working with something really important, first make a copy of the document. Then convert the copy. Then check the document for the correct formatting after you have saved it. However, the warnings are much more ominous when using MS Office. MS Office claims that it can open an ODT document. But just try it and you will get this warning:


There is actually no problem with the ODT document, but Microsoft is trying to fool you into thinking that Libre Office is not a good program. Click on OK and you will get yet another ominous warning:


Click Yes and the document opens without any problem. However, it does not open as an ODT document. Instead it opens as a Word document! This kind of conduct is revolting because it is worse than dishonest. It is dishonest manipulation. Then try to save a Word document as an ODT document and you will get this warning:


Click Yes and there is no problem saving the document. Then close MS Office and open Libre Office and open the new ODT document. What you will find is that there is no problem at all with the document.

Note: There may be a problem with images when moving to a different operating system due to the way images are stored in MS Office. So always make a copy of files before moving them to a different operating system.

So even though Libre Office and MS Office both claim to be able to open and save documents in many formats, only Libre Office does it without a bunch of ominous warnings. The warnings above are exactly the kind of fake warnings Microsoft used to destroy DR DOS and Word Perfect in the early 1990’s. Despite two different federal courts telling Microsoft to stop doing this, Microsoft continues to lie to computer users in an effort to maintain their monopoly.

Given that nine out of ten users still use and share Word doc or docx files, I still recommend sharing documents as Word 2003 doc files. This means using the Libre Office SAVE AS button and then selecting doc instead of the default open document text file format (which uses the odt extension). Because few people are aware of Microsoft’s attempts to sabotage Libre Office, it is best to simply save any documents you want to share as Word 2003 documents in order to avoid frightening your friends.

24 Another option is to save any document you want to share as a PDF and then send that. Both Libre Office and MS Office can save documents as PDF documents – but with Libre Office, it is not done through the Save as type function. Instead it is done through File, Send As and then select PDF.

#5 Libre Office offers 200 additional free tools, called extensions which canbe added to Libre Office from the Libre Office Extension directory.
These tools, themes and templates allow you to even further customize and expand the ability of your Libre Office word processor. We cover how to add extensions to LibreOffice Writer at the end of the next session.

In the next section, we will first review how to customize the LibreOffice Writer menu bar and tool bars. We will then demonstrate how to add an extension and provide a list of recommended extensions.

Download the latest version of Libre Writer?​
While Linux Mint comes with Libre Writer 4.4, there is a stable version of Libre Writer 5 which has several benefits over Libre Writer 4.4. These benefits include style previews in the styles side bar, Word compatible text highlighting, and image cropping with your mouse. Also Area fill dropdown is now implemented in the color selector in Impress and Draw.


Update Linux Mint from LibreOffice 4.4 to LibreOffice 5
There are at least two ways to update LibreOffice in Linux Mint. Because we already have an existing copy of LibreOffice, we should not install the download “DEB” package from the Office Foundation! This would create a duplicate copy of Libre Office and we would have two copies of LibreOffice on our laptop. Also, rhe Document Foundation intentionally uses a very old baseline of support programs for maximum compatibility. We really do not want these. Instead, we want to update LibreOffice using a system called PPA. Normally, this would just be a case of opening a terminal and copy pasting a couple of lines. However, there was a small error in Linux Mint 17.2 which requires the creation of a special “priority” file in order to install LibreOffice 5. The following process will result in the latest stable version of LibreOffice 5 being installed on our laptop. If you do not need the latest version and are happy with LibreOffice 4.4, you can skip these steps!

Add a Special Priority File to Linux Mint
Open a terminal and copy paste the following command:
sudo nano /etc/apt/preferences.d/libreoffice.pref
Then click Enter. Then copy and paste the following three lines:
Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-libreoffice
Pin-Priority: 700

Do not hit enter before, during or after these three lines. Here is what your terminal screen will look like at this point:


Save this priority file using the ctrl+o key combination. Then press enter. Exit by using ctrl+x key combination. Note that this file creation step should no longer be needed after December 1 2015.

Add the LibreOffice PPA
After creating the above file, open a terminal. Then copy and paste this command into the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Then press Enter. Then enter your Admin password. Then press Enter.

There will be a warning that using the latest version of Libre Office is not recommended for the general public. In fact, the latest version is more trouble free than earlier versions because the latest version has numerous bug fixes that are still present in previous versions. So press Enter to continue.

Then copy and paste this command:

sudo apt-get update

Then press Enter. When it asks, type in a capital Y to continue. Then press Enter.

It will take about 7 minutes to download the latest stable version of LibreOffice.

Then press Y. Then Enter 3 times in response to questions.

Then copy and paste this command.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Then press Enter. Then copy and paste this command. When it asks, type in a capital Y to continue. Then press Enter.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then press Enter. Then copy and paste this command. When it asks, type in a capital Y to continue. Then press Enter.

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-breeze

Then close the terminal and restart LibreOffice. Click on Help, About LibreOffice and you should now have version 5 instead of version 4.4.


The Writer Menu should also have colorful icons.


To change the icon theme in LibreOffice, go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View and set the icon style to Breeze. In the next article, we will do this as well as review several ways to both simplify Libre Writer and make it more efficient.

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