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How to Install Individual LibreOffice Components on Linux

LibreOffice is a powerful open source cross-platform office suite. It is also a great alternative to commercial and proprietary software like Microsoft 365.

Most Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Manjaro, elementary OS, and Linux Mint come with LibreOffice pre-installed.

Unfortunately, LibreOffice comes with some packages that you will never even use in your life. Luckily, you can only install the components you need, saving you disk space and RAM.

Key features of LibreOffice

LibreOffice is not only for Linux, you can also use it on Windows and Mac and it comes with a lot of great features.

LibreOffice is ideal for creating and editing all kinds of documents, from presentations, letters and essays to mathematical or computational calculations.

Here are some of the key features of LibreOffice:

  • Compatibility: LibreOffice is compatible with a wide range of office suites such as Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. You can open Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents using similar LibreOffice packages.
  • Economies of Scale: LibreOffice is available to both individuals and small and large businesses for free or at minimal cost compared to other office suites.
  • Easy to Customize: A wide range of features and extensions to customize and customize your office tools for maximum productivity.

Step 1Uninstall LibreOffice Suite

Because LibreOffice comes pre-installed with most Linux distributions, you’ll need to uninstall it before installing individual packages.

If you don’t have LibreOffice installed, you can skip to the next step right away.

On Debian-based distributions, remove the package using APT as follows:

sudo apt remove libreoffice

On RHEL and similar distributions, run:

sudo dnf remove libreoffice

On Arch-based Linux distributions, run:

sudo pacman -R libreoffice-still

Step 2: Installing the preferred package

Now that you don’t have the LibreOffice package on your PC, you can proceed to install only the required packages. For most people, these are LibreOffice Writer, LibreOffice Calc, and LibreOffice Impress.

Install LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice Writer is not only one of the most widely used document editors, but also one of the best word processors for Linux. LibreOffice Writer is widely used for writing and formatting all kinds of text documents. Typical documents include essays, letters, summaries, and even entire books.

On Debian-based Linux distributions, install LibreOffice Writer with:

sudo apt install libreoffice-writer

On RHEL based distributions, run:

sudo dnf install libreoffice-writer

On Arch-based Linux distributions, run:

sudo pacman -S libreoffice-still-writer

Install LibreOffice Calc

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LibreOffice Calc is a spreadsheet program similar to Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. It comes with features designed for both beginners and seasoned spreadsheet experts.

It comes with a wide range of built-in templates to help you get started quickly. You can even use the built-in shortcuts for maximum productivity.

On Debian-based Linux distributions, install LibreOffice Calc with:

sudo apt install libreoffice-calc

On RHEL-based Linux distributions, run:

sudo dnf install libreoffice-calc

On Arch-based distributions, run:

sudo pacman -S libreoffice-still-calc

Install LibreOffice Impress

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As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, LibreOffice Impress lets you present your ideas, sales concepts or project concepts with beautiful slides. All in all, it’s a versatile tool to accompany your presentations.

To install LibreOffice Impress on Debian based Linux distributions, run:

sudo apt install libreoffice-impress

On RHEL-based Linux distributions, run:

sudo dnf install libreoffice-impress

On Arch-based Linux distributions, run:

sudo pacman -S libreoffice-still-impress

You can install other LibreOffice packages such as Draw, Base and Math using the same command pattern: libreoffice-packagename for Debian, Ubuntu and RHEL based distributions and libreoffice-still-packagename for Arch Linux and derivatives.

Reduce Malware on Your Linux PC

LibreOffice is a powerful document editor and office tool. Reduce malware on your Linux PC by installing only the necessary LibreOffice components and nothing else.

If you spend a lot of time working on documents in LibreOffice, you can reduce eye strain by using the dark mode feature.

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