Ubuntu 12.04 64bit – Office 2010 with Wine [SOLVED]

It works!!! It took me several hours to make it, but I do not regret time spent, I was so sick of running VirtualBox for MS Office.

You need

Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit – which is quite common for desktops.

MS Office 2010 32-bit, 64bit wont work, it has some issues with msxml.

Step1: Install recent wine

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine1.5

More info on this page http://www.winehq.org/download/ubuntu

Step2: Install Office 32-bit

By default on 64bit host system wine emulates Windows 64bit , so before installing MS Office new wine root needs to be created, issue this command from CLI:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 WINEARCH=win32 wine setup.exe

Step3: Unity taskbar icon

wine-unity-iconTo make icon looks like native application instead of glass of wine do the following:

1. This is where you will find your icons or place your custom icons in here:

$ cd ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/
$ ls

2. Go to the following directory:

$ cd ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/Microsoft\ Office
$ ls
Microsoft Excel 2010.desktop\
Microsoft Office 2010 Tools\
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.desktop\
Microsoft Word 2010.desktop\

3. Edit .desktop files:

$ sudo nano Microsoft\ Word\ 2010.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Microsoft Word 2010
Icon=29F5_WINWORD.0.png (or name of icon as in above folder)

4. You are done!



How to Install Microsoft Office Suite 2010 in Ubuntu 12.04 Using Wine 1.5

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  1. Nice!!! thanks
    But now when I open the ms program, I have two icons on the Unity task bar!!! Previously, I had the ms program and clicking on this one would bring the wine icon. Now I have the ms program icon, and clicking on it gives me another instance of the same icon, but if I clicked on the former would just open another window which is associated with the second icon.
    But I can live with it!! So, thanks!!!

  2. What, though, if I’m trying to use Office 2010 64-bit on Ubuntu 64-bit? It doesn’t seem to work there either. I haven’t seen any posts around about installing Office 64-bit, just a bunch of them about installing 32-bit.

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