How to install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04 using WineHQ and Playonlinux is a step-by-step guide by itsmeit that will show you how to effectively manage your documents, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as if you were utilizing Windows.
Step-by-step: Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 LTS
Step 1. Enable 32-bit support install Microsoft Office for Linux
If your Ubuntu system is a 64-bit version, you need to enable the i386 extension to support the installation of 32-bit applications. To do this, you can run the command below.
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Step 2. Install Wine Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Only 20.04)
The installation of Microsoft Office for Linux Ubuntu 22.04 does not require the use of WineHQ, thus step 2 can be skipped.
Next in the guide to install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04, itsmeit will add the Wine GPG key to allow the installation of packages from Wine through Playonlinux.
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key sudo apt-key add winehq.key
Once the GPG key has been added to your system, the next step is to incorporate the official Wine repository for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'
Execute the command to obtain the stable version of Wine on your system. This will install the required packages for proper configuration on Ubuntu or Linux.
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
Step 3. Install winbind and winetricks
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade sudo apt-get install winbind sudo apt-get install -y winetricks
Step 4. Install PlayOnLinux to install Office on Ubuntu
Wine does not have a user interface. As a result, we can utilize PlayOnLinux, which provides a graphical user interface for Wine and makes it easier to install .exe applications compared to using the command line. Additionally, its packages are readily available in the official Ubuntu repository.
sudo apt install playonlinux
Step 5. Install Microsoft Office 2016 on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04 Linux
Once you have successfully installed it, open the menu and search for “PlayOnLinux”. Click on it to launch the application.
Select the “+ Install” option, then click on “Office.” This will display a list of Wine-compatible applications available for installation on Linux. Choose either Microsoft Office 2016 (or Method B). In this article, Itsmeit will be demonstrating the install of Microsoft Office 2016 on Ubuntu using Method B. Click on “Install” to proceed.
Click on “Next” and select “Use a setup file in my computer.” Locate the setup.exe file in the unzipped Office2016-32bit folder and continue to click “Next.” The installation process will search for add-on packages such as msxml6, mono, wine, etc.
Click “Next” and “OK” until completion. After the setup is finished, the Office Ubuntu installation interface will be displayed, and you can proceed with the installation process as you would on a Windows system.
Click “Next” when prompted, and select “Continue” to confirm the install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04.
So the process of install Office 2016 on Ubuntu is almost done. You just need to wait until the software is installed and then click
Close to finish.
Step 6. Add the Microsoft Office icon to the taskbar on Ubuntu
Click on the “Menu” and search for either Word or Excel, then right-click and choose “Add to Favorites” to add the application to the taskbar for easy access.
Additionally, upon successful installation, you will see desktop files for creating icons such as Microsoft Word 2016.desktop, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Excel. Right-click on these files and select “Allow Launching” to display their respective icons as they appear on Windows.
The steps outlined above provide a guideline for install Microsoft Office 2016 on Ubuntu 20.04 or 22.04. Additionally, you may consider installing Onlyoffice, an alternative office suite providing similar functionality as Microsoft Office. Based on itsmeit personal experience, Onlyoffice serves as an excellent alternative solution for those who do not wish to use Wine or Playonlinux.
Link download: Office 2016 Professional Plus (Ubuntu)
Note: On Ubuntu, you can install zip, unzip to extract the file, the installation command is as follows:
sudo apt install zip unzip
Command to extract zip file on Ubuntu: