LibreOffice is a free online office space, a little like Microsoft Office365 – except LibreOffice is free to use and open-source (meaning it is more freely available and information can be easily accessed and modified by anyone). LibreOffice runs on multiple platforms, and allows you to create, open and edit documents of all kinds. If you’re looking for a free virtual tool for producing and storing online work on your Linux, Windows or macOS operating system, this guide will teach you exactly how to install LibreOffice version 7: the latest version of the program.
On Google or your search engine of choice, type “LibreOffice” into the search bar, then click on the top result to bring up the official website’s homepage. You can also type “https://www.libreoffice.org” into your address bar, which will take you directly to the website.
On the LibreOffice website, click the “Download” icon in the top green toolbar. Then select “Download LibreOffice”, the top dropdown result, which will take you onto a new page. You can then choose your operating system (there’s Linux 64-bit deb, Linux rpm, macOS, Windows 32-bit and 64-bit, and so on). If you don’t know what your operating system is, or even whether you’re Linux or Windows, you can find out by clicking your “Start” button, then “Computer”, then “Properties”.
When you know your operating system, select this in the dropdown and click “download”. In this guide, we’ll be downloading LibreOffice for Windows with a 64-bt operating system, but this process is very similar or identical for Linux and macOS.
After clicking the icon to start downloading, the program will be displayed along the bottom toolbar of your desktop screen, with a blue circle slowly rotating around the LibreOffice icon to indicate downloading. Once the downloading has finished, click on the icon to bring up the popup for installing LibreOffice.
In the installation wizard popup, click “next” to proceed with the install, then “typical” to install the program with the default components. Click “Next” again, then tick the box to allow a shortcut of the program to be created on your desktop. Finally, click “Install”, then click “yes” to allow the app to make changes to your desktop, and wait for installation to process. You may need to restart your computer to allow for the installation to complete.
When LibreOffice has been installed, you’ll see a new shortcut icon on your desktop. Double-click this icon to open, then login or sign up to get started.