LibreOffice 7.0 comes with many compatibility improvements DOCX, XLSX, PPTX and more

LibreOffice 7.0 comes with a number of key changes and enhancements, including a compatibility enormously enhanced with Microsoft suiteas well as different performance improvements they come from the Vulkan GPU-based acceleration landing in LibreOffice after passing the Cairo code to Google's Skia library.

Also in this new version a new look is introduced on the Sukapura icon theme, which is the default theme for macOS users. But these are just some of the changes in this important update.

Almost all the components of the office suite have been updated in LibreOffice 7.0, starting with Writer, in which improvements were made to browsers to move around large documents more easily, and it is now possible to display inline markers in text.

As well there is support for semi-transparent text, better quotes and apostrophes, and when creating numbered lists there is now padding for better consistency.

The suit worksheete, Calc, includes several new functions to generate non-volatile random numbersas well as easy access to automatic addition via a new keyboard shortcut.

In the presentation and graphics tools, Impress and Draw, there are fewer changes, but it is now possible to generate much larger PDF files.

Semi-transparent text support is also here, and The Document Foundation behind LibreOffice also reports that the indexes revert to the default of 8%.

The project LibreOffice announced a number of important new featuresAs support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3, Skia Graphics Engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration for better performance, as well as carefully improved support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files.

Regarding the implementation of the support of ODF 1.3, recently updated as a specification of the OASIS Technical Committee. The most important new features are digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP encryption of XML documents, with improvements in areas such as change tracking and additional details in the description of cover elements, text, documents, numbers and graphics. The development of the ODF 1.3 features was supported by grants to The Document Foundation.

For better interoperability with multiple versions of Microsoft Office, LibreOffice 7.0 has further improved its support for DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files and is that instead of compatibility mode 2007, DOCX now saves in native mode 2013/2016/2019, exports to XLSX files with sheet names longer than 31 characters and now it is also possible to check checkboxes, and finally it has a better filter import / export PPTX.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing all the details of the new improvements, read the notes of the official version of version 7.0 here!.

How to install LibreOffice 7.0?

First We must first uninstall the previous version if we have it, This is in order to avoid later problems, for this we must open a terminal and execute the following:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Now we will proceed to go to the official website of the project where in your download section we can get deb package to be able to install it in our system.

Done the download we are going to unzip the content of the newly purchased package with:

tar -xzvf LibreOffice_7.0_Linux*.tar.gz

We enter the directory created after unzipping, in my case it is the 64-bit:

cd LibreOffice_7.0_Linux_x86-64_deb

Then we go to the folder where the LibreOffice deb files are:

cd DEBS

And finally we install with:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

How to install LibreOffice 7.0 on Fedora, CentOS, openSUSE and derivatives?

Si you are using a system that has the support to install rpm packages, You can install this new update by obtaining the rpm package from the LibreOffice download page.

Obtained the package we unzip with:

tar -xzvf LibreOffice_7.0_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

And we install the packages that the folder contains with:

sudo rpm -Uvh *.rpm

How to install LibreOffice 7.0 on Arch Linux, Manjaro and derivatives?

In the case of Arch and its derived systems We can install this version of LibreOffice, we just open a terminal and type:

sudo pacman -Sy libreoffice-fresh


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  1.   Miguel A. Gomez said

    It didn't work for me