Install OpenOffice on Ubuntu 20.04 - Step by Step Process ?

OpenOffice is the famous cross-platform software office suit.

It is developed in Java and C++ and is famous for its availability in more than 120 languages. 

It is supported on many different kinds of operating systems and has a bunch of applications used to perform different kinds of functions. 

The writer package is used for the processing of words while Calc is used for cumulating data, Impress is also a constituent of OpenOffice and is used for presentation creations. 

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related OpenOffice queries.

In this context, we shall look into how to install open office on Ubuntu 20.04.

How to install OpenOffice on Ubuntu ?

To install OpenOffice, follow the steps given below:

1. Remove the older versions of OpenOffice

The first step in the installation of OpenOffice is that you need to remove the LibreOffice along with the libraries.

This is because LibreOffice and OpenOffice cannot work together in one common system. 

Let's remove the LibreOffice setup by typing the following command in the terminal window:

$ sudo apt remove libreoffice-base-core libreoffice-impress libreoffice-calc libreoffice-math libreoffice-common libreoffice-ogltrans libreoffice-core libreoffice-pdfimport libreoffice-draw libreoffice-style-breeze libreoffice-gnome libreoffice-style-colibre libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-style-elementary libreoffice-help-common libreoffice-style-tango libreoffice-help-en-us libreoffice-writer

Now, run the command:

$ sudo apt autoremove

2. Download OpenOffice Setup

To install OpenOffice, download it from the OpenOffice website. Here you need to select the 'Linux 64-bit (x86-64) (DEB)' then choose the language and version. 

Select the 'Download full installation' option.

A dialog box will open up. Select the 'Save File' option.

The latest available version will begin to download.

You need to notice that the download process is time taking.

After the process of download is complete, simply go to the Downloads directory. 

On listing the files, you will see the downloaded OpenOffice:

$ cd Downloads
$ ls

3. Extract the downloaded file

Let’s extract the downloaded file. We will be using the following command to extract the downloaded file:

$ tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.9_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

You will see that the en-US/DEBS/ directory will be created into the Downloads. 

Use the command to navigate into DEBS:

$ cd en-GB/DEBS/

4. Installation of deb package

To install the deb package, use the command:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The next step is to integrate all packages on the desktop using:

$ cd desktop-integration/

Install the deb package using the following command:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

How to Access OpenOffice Application ?

To access the application, use the following command:

$ openoffice4


Simply go to the Applications and then search OpenOffice in the search bar. 

You will see all related applications in the available options.

Once launched, you will see the Welcome to OpenOffice application window.

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This article covers how to perform the installation of the latest version of OpenOffice on the Ubuntu 20.04 system. Once installed users can easily use this application suite to make use of the different sub-modules.

Apache OpenOffice is a free and open-source office productivity software suite similar to LibreOffice and Microsoft Office suite.

Main features of Apache OpenOffice:

1. Writer a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.

2. Calc a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.

3. Impress the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.

4. Draw lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.

5. Base lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Apache OpenOffice.

6. Math lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.

To Uninstall LibreOffice on Ubuntu:

1. Uninstall LibreOffice on Ubuntu by running commands below in your terminal.

$ sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

This will remove LibreOffice and its dependencies. 

2. Next is to clear out the local repository of LibreOffice packages.

$ sudo apt clean

3. Clear all LibreOffice dependencies that are orphaned – no longer required.

$ sudo apt-get autoremove

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