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I love Linux but I'm an advanced MS Office user


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#1 id3a

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 07:49 PM

What choice do I have? 
All I want is to migrate from Windows to Linux, but as an advanced MS Office user, I'm struggling to make that change.
Is there any way to use MS Office on linux? I was thinking about using a virtual machine, but I don't know if it's practical for daily use.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 07:58 PM

Here are some of the available Office Suites you can use.

 

Open Office

Libre Office

WPS Office

 

Office 365

http://www.sdselite.com/7351/2015/04/15/working-with-office-365-and-linux/

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/office-online-linux.html



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Posted 16 July 2015 - 08:18 PM

What John said try OpenOffice and libreoffice they take some getting used to and have some ms word incompatibilities but in terms of UI they are quite similar.

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 08:58 PM

Hi id3a. :welcome: to BC and the Linux section.

 

You could try running MS office in Wine on Linux. Here's a tutorial on how to do it.

How To Install Microsoft Office 2010 In Ubuntu With Wine - Lin



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Posted 16 July 2015 - 09:06 PM

I've tried Libre Office and I always got some glitches and things out of position because I work with heavyweight excel files and powerpoint almost daily.
Office 365 gets slow because of the reason above and because I work with a lot of tabs for researching.



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Posted 17 July 2015 - 05:51 AM

I have heard though can't confirm that WPS Office is very close on the compatibility to Office....maybe more so than Libre Office...



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Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:41 AM

What choice do I have? 
All I want is to migrate from Windows to Linux, but as an advanced MS Office user, I'm struggling to make that change.
Is there any way to use MS Office on linux? I was thinking about using a virtual machine, but I don't know if it's practical for daily use.

 

 

I'm just like you, id3a.  Just last month, I put MS Office Professional 2003 on Mint 17 and PCLinuxOS, but with WINE, not vm.  That link has another link in it, from howtogeek that I actually used to install it in Linux.  So it's generic.  The catch is, it depends on what verion of MS Office you use.  If 2007, or 2003, it might work.  The howtogeek example is 2007, 2003 is what I installed. It might work with 2010, as NickAu posited.

 

It's fairly simple.  Genuine installation from the CDs, works just as it does in Windows, but the Wine thingy 'translates' the process so Linux can use it.  Won't be always foolproof, but seems fine for heavy wordprocessing and spreadsheets so far.  The key is the directory setup, so KEEP the default directories offered in the installation.  Don't make special names.

 

And, using an old Win95 program called 'Plus!', I changed the default wine-Windows gray color and sickly font to something nice.

 

I have WordPerfect 8 for Linux (native to Linux, not a Windows version).. but cannot get it to install, so if you were looking for the closest thing to MS Office, that's it. The Linux knock-offs are very different and can't translate Word files or Excel spreadsheets very well (unless very very simple).

 

See if those step-by-step instructions work for you.  Yell at me if they don't?


Edited by brainout, 17 July 2015 - 08:51 AM.

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:50 AM

 

I'm just like you, id3a.  I put MS Office Professional 2003 on Mint 17 and PCLinuxOS, but with WINE,

 

This should also work in Mint. and with other versions of Office.

 

How To Install Microsoft Office 2010 In Ubuntu With Wine - Lin


Edited by NickAu, 17 July 2015 - 08:51 AM.


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Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:59 AM

Thank you, NickAu.  I didn't learn the command line yet. :)


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