Microsoft Office: Under Wine

The opensource LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice may not suit everyone well. Therefore, time to time someone yield to temptation and simply buys the Microsoft Office product. However, such software is not ported under linux-based operating systems. Fortunately, there exists a decent workaround…


Install Wine:

echo "app-emulation/wine ~amd64" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords
emerge -av wine

Winetricks (Font Support)

Install Winetricks:

emerge -av winetricks

To provide appropriate font support, execute:

sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6

Microsoft Office 2007

The latest version of MS Office successfully tested was the 2007 Professional. Newest versions have not been tested yet.


Considering the above installation steps, I figured out that when opening an MS Office document (no matter it was doc/docx, xls/xlsx, or ppt/pptx), a lnk file was always created. Moreover, after a while another one appeared in the same directory, the document was store. The naming was as follows: documentname.docx(1).lnk, documentname.docx(2).lnk, etc. This is caused by a missing Recent directory in the users wine directory. Therefore, it is necessary to create one by:

mkdir ~/.wine/drive_c/users/$YOURUSERNAME/Recent
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