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


  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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