Install MS office2007 on ubuntu using PlayOnLinux | Linux |Wine

PlayOnLinux is a piece of sofware which allows you to easily install and use numerous games and softwares designed to run with Microsoft®’s Windows®. In this tutorial i will show you how to install Microsoft Office 2007 student using Playonlinux on ubuntu, the installation has been tested also on a ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release, the install process is easy and no command lines are used. This installation has been tested on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic koala and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Works also fine in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick meerkat and LinuxMint

First if you don`t have playonlinux installed, please installed using one , here are some of our how to install playonlinux on ubuntu :

For ubuntu , PlayOnLinux is actually available in the universe repositories, you can install it by typing the simple command :

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Now after playonlinux is installed ,lets start

Now the installation is easy just follow the steps as described on the screenshots bellow :

1- Open Playonlinux

Go to your menu and open Application–>Games–>PlayOnlinux

2- Click Next

3- Select from where you will install Microsoft office 2007


4- enter you Microsoft office 2007 KEY

5- Accept the term and conditions then click continue

6- Click install now to start the installation of Microsoft Office 2007

7- Microsoft Office 2007 is installing :

8- Installation is complete :

9- Create Menu and Desktop shotcuts

10-Ms Office 2007 has been installed successfully

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  • WhyBother

    Why bother – If you want MS Office use Windows. I personally prefer OpenOffice, which I use on Linux and Windows systems – not because it’s free but because I prefer it (I also have an MSDN developer license – so money isn’t an issue either).

  • Andydread

    Why Bother? Well my school requires it? I prefer Open Office too and use it all the time. I do not want to have to spend the money on Microsoft Office. I cannot force the school to switch to Open Office. I cannot force the school to not send me DOCX files. Do you know of a way to force the school to switch to Open Office? Do you know a way to force the School to stop sending me DOCX files? If so please explain.

  • Mike

    Yea I have koffice installed right now, and although it and openoffice can save to .doc format I don’t always trust that the formatting will be perfect. Unfortunately whenever I hand in assignments electronically at school they usually require .doc format. Even certain parts of the schools website use MHT, so I needed to get an addon for firefox otherwise i’d have to use Internet Explorer. I wish schools could move to opensource.

  • zinovsky

    Hi thank you for your comments
    Many schools actually are moving to opensource, we saw months ago the decision of the spanish government, austria gov, … with projects for schools to move to opensource.
    For school if they are using MSoffice 2007 just you need to install an plugin for msoffice 2007 to have support for .ODT files. [url=]See this article[/url] :D

  • luke

    Last time I checked, open office CAN open docx files. And you can save to them as well. The only place you have to use MSO is when you’re at the school.

  • Anonymous

    Hi. I can understand using MS office if you really have to at work. And I understand that sometimes complex documents created in OpenOffice will not look the same when opened in ms office, and vice versa. ms is to blame for the problem, they want it to be that way.

    You should speak to the school’s administrators and IT people about switching to OpenOffice, and other free software. Even if they continue to use Windows, they can save a ton of $$$ and still do what they need to do.

  • http://SchoolsmovingtoOpenoffice zinovsky

    Openoffice is coming to schools and everyday we hear about new schools around the world moving to Opensource, read the latest news of [url=]schools moving to openoffice[/url]

  • toogreen

    I feel it is totally unacceptable for your school to require you to use MS Office 2007. You perhaps cannot FORCE your school to use OpenOffice, but you should at least try to talk some sense into whatever IT department they have, and talk to them about OpenOffice.

    That being said, I work for a school myself as the IT manager and we’re in the process of migrating completely to OpenOffice. It makes no sense whatsoever to force parents to purchase an expensive MS license or force them into piracy when OpenOffice does the job perfectly well for our needs.

  • Amy Mason

    I have to admit that on one level I would love to see schools switch to open office, but on another, I have to admit I’m glad that mine has not. OO is not accessible with a Windows Screen reader for blind users. and being a blind user, I am sort of fond of being able to edit my documents independently. So until the OO folks and the screen reader folks start talking seriously, sadly schools have a very good reason for not switching over wholesale. They get government money, which in the US means they can and likely would be sued for using an inaccessible office suite.

    Oh, and speaking of accessibility.. those blasted “anti-spam codes” aren’t so cool either, as I can’t read it in the message… but am definitely not spam. *grin*

    (P.S. I know there is a software that circumvents them.. I’m using it now, so I don’t know that they can be that effective either.)

  • HereAndNow

    Schools, that have not done so already, should consider moving to something like Google Apps. Some of the key features, I see, with Google Apps are:

    1. document collaboration.
    2. document translation.
    3. document version control.
    4. document backup.
    5. document accessibility:
    – from any computer (library, lab, friends, family, etc.).
    – from any device (smartphone, netbook, notebook, eReader, tablet, etc.).
    – from any OS (Windows, OS X, Ubuntu, etc.).
    6. offline editing (via HTML5/Gears).
    7. open standards based.
    8. no data lock-in (see the “Data Liberation Front” (
    9. no desktop software installation, maintenance & upgrades.

    Except for a small percentage of “power” users, there are very few reasons, to continue to use a desktop office suite.

  • Relst

    Nice article. Altough I prefer Crossover, I’ll surely look at this piece of software to. I see you using the dutch version of 2007, i’m dutch to :D

  • Relst

    Dat is wel grappig, ik heet Elst als achternaam :P Maar, goede site, ik lees vaak via jullie artikelen. :wink:

  • pirat9

    Hi Relst. wij Zijn in Nederland :).
    wij zijn 2 vrienden die zijn gewoon gek op opensource:).

  • mmhd

    I try it and fail on ubuntu 9.04 x64
    i reach to this step
    2- Click Next
    then the next window never come and Playonlinux is freeze
    i used terminal
    sudo playonlinux
    to see the problem
    this is the result
    PlayOnLinux v3.7

    Checking python : [ Ok ]
    mhmd@mhmd-laptop:~$ sudo playonlinux
    PlayOnLinux v3.7

    Checking python : [ Ok ]
    Running install menu
    Exception in thread Thread-1 (most likely raised during interpreter shutdown):
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/”, line 525, in __bootstrap_inner
    File “/usr/share/playonlinux/python/”, line 74, in run
    : ‘NoneType’ object is not callable
    Unhandled exception in thread started by
    Error in sys.excepthook:
    TypeError: ‘NoneType’ object is not callable

    Original exception was:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/”, line 497, in __bootstrap
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/”, line 572, in __bootstrap_inner
    with _active_limbo_lock:
    AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘__exit__’
    wine: /home/mhmd/.wine is not owned by you
    /home/mhmd/.PlayOnLinux/install: line 74: APPNAME[8]d=Groove: command not found
    –2009-10-06 04:11:31–
    Connecting to||:80… ^C

    sorry for my bad english

  • mmhd

    Original exception was:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/”, line 497, in __bootstrap
    File “/usr/lib/python2.6/”, line 572, in __bootstrap_inner
    with _active_limbo_lock:
    AttributeError: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘__exit__’
    wine: /home/mhmd/.wine is not owned by you
    /home/mhmd/.PlayOnLinux/install: line 74: APPNAME[8]d=Groove: command not found
    –2009-10-06 04:11:31–
    Connecting to||:80… ^C

    sorry for my bad english

  • Richard


    Exactly the same happens on my Ubuntu 9.04 64bit, but I’m not smart enough to solve it.

  • Richard

    … It seems, the server is down with which the Office 2007 script tries to connect.

  • mhmd

    may be the server is down
    or this method not compatible with X64
    I do not know

  • Marcos

    @ Richard,
    The same happened with my Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit.
    I think you’re right and this method is not compatible with x64 yet.

  • zinovsky

    I installed Office2007 on a computer 32 bit, i diden`t test it in 64 bit, but is strange playonlinux support both 32 and 64bit

  • Marcos

    That’s the problem. The Office 2007 worked just fine when I used Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit

  • dacree

    In my view, the only office application not covered by the open source alternatives is MS Access. You might notice that Access does not work with this installation method. This begs the question.. why bother?

  • ayllu

    I dont use m$office almost 2 years, but… sometimes I lost much time trying to open ms xml documents with macros, presentation or very complicated documents because, almost all people use windows; is usefull to have a m$ copy for those documents, but just for it.

  • Anonymous

    thankyou very much

  • jf

    another free alternative is to install virtualbox, and then install windows xp in a virtual machine.

    at least that will allow you run outlook 2007 which isnt currently supported by playonlinux

    virtualbox is in the ubuntu repositories:

    sudo apt-get install virtualbox

    of course you will need a copy of xp for this to work.

  • Tom Wickline

    I have a howto wrote up for installing Office 2007 with vanilla Wine.

    The howoto is here : [url][/url]


  • zinovsky

    Thanks for the interesting Link :)

  • zoltan

    I installed it according to the steps above. At the end of the office install it came to a point when it asked about the on-line upgrade or something similar, I chose that option, and nothing happend, beside it closed the window of the office install. The new apps didn’t appear in playonlinux, only in the wine menu of ubuntu, but if I tried to run them from there, they crash. I couldn’t either uninstall office, since there was no option for that. I decided to make the install process again, I don’t know wheter it mixes up anything. At the end I chose the other option not the on-line one, and it continued to install further windows components like explorer 6, etc. At the end I have the office icons in the playonlinux window, and now it seems to work. I just don’t know wheter the 2 times install could cause some problems or inconsistencies.

  • Cidalia

    As nice as it would be to be able to use open source in school, at least in my program, it is not feasible. Open Office may be okay for opening MS files, but it is not acceptable for creating .docx and other MS Office documents. And being in a legal office administration program, some of the courses are specifically about learning to use MS Office software and formatting–the standard in most, if not all, the offices we will be working in.

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  • Ron

    …”of course you will need a copy of xp for this to work.”

    I got better results speedwise by setting up win xp pro to accept concurrent users and using remote desktop client.

    of course you will need a computer on a network with xp for this to work.

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  • Viduthalai

    I have installed playonlinux and the problem comes in step3. I get the list of drives and my office 2007 cd but what ever i select, it ends up saying "Error: Unable to find CDROM!". Please help.Its an office cd with an inbuilt launcher.


  • Doudle

    I can’t enter the product key of the office 2007 but it is installed successfully… What can I do?!? Could you help me?!?

  • http://enteryoursiteURL... JJB

    Did you ever get an answer? It won’t let me enter a key either! The box to enter it is frozen. I’m using Ubuntu 11.04 and PlayOnLinux 3.8.8

    I would TOTALLY switch to Ubuntu if I could port Office 2007 (sorry, I’m a writer and OO and LO don’t do it for me after much trying).

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  • Gideon

    When i was installing office 2007, the line for entering the product key was not editable, so i installed without the product key. Now when i open any of the microsoft office 2007 programs, they just stop responding. I can’t do anything with them. Someone help.

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  • Vijayarajan

    I tried installing MS Office 2007. But it gives an error.
    It detects my CD as “MS 2007” 
    At one stage it asks “where is your CDROM mounted. Then I cliked on MS 2007.
    But it says Error: Unable to find CDROM”

    Pls help


  • Santosh Yadav

     Open the CD-ROM or folder which is having MS-Office setup then press Ctrl+l (L) then copy the path and paste where it is showing path of /media/cdrom then click next/forward.

    Santosh Yadav

  • heik

    I installed office 2007 but the app didnt let me to introduce the office key

  • Filsson2

     I am really annoyed with ubuntu, they have forced me to upgrade to the new version, after finishing the upgrade, I have lost my documents and even I had a Microsoft office 2007 in ubuntu, and this last version doesn’t support microsoft office, they have lied that with version10.10, microsoft office is working perfectly. please the ubuntu managers don’t force your customers to upgrade thier version while you are still working on it, I have lost my documents



  • michel memeteau

    Nobody forced You. Updates are only proposed. Office 2007 can work in 12.04

  • DJYoshaBYD

    Sounds like a you problem. No one forces you to use Microsoft, Ubuntu, wine, and PlayOnLinux have NOTHING to do with Windows. Stop crying.

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