Can I run MS Word XP from Ubuntu Dapper (KDE)

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Mon Sep 18 09:36:10 UTC 2006

> Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 01:54:14 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Saurabh Moghe <moghe.saurabh at>
> Subject: Re: Can I run MS Word XP from Ubuntu Dapper (KDE)
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On Mon, 18 Sep 2006 10:01:33 +0100
Saurabh Moghe <moghe.saurabh at> wrote:

> Hi,
> When I myself have to write word documents I use openoffice.
> But I have some documents which require MS Word. The
> indentation is lost and this makes it tedious to read or edit
> the docs in Openoffice. I read some where that we can launch
> MS word in linux using wine. I tried that but it did not work.
> I personally use Openoffice. The docs that I have are not
> written by me and moreover it is to big to rewrite it again.
> So could you please help me.
> Saurabh.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Felipe Alfaro Solana <felipe.alfaro at>
> To: Saurabh Moghe <moghe.saurabh at>; "Ubuntu user
> technical support, not for general discussions"
> <ubuntu-users at> Sent: Monday, September 18,
> 2006 1:32:07 PM Subject: Re: Can I run MS Word XP from Ubuntu
> Dapper (KDE)
> > Hi,
> >  How can we run Microsoft Word XP from Ubuntu Dapper.  
> May I ask you what is wrong with
> that you need to use a
> privative, expensive, closed-source software like Office?

Hi, Saurabh,

please stop top-posting, i.e. posting the answer on top of the
"old stuff" in the mail. It makes it cumbersome for readers on
this list to follow up with the answers to your question.

In regard to your issue:
If you need the full blown MS Office, I would definitely go the
crossover path. It is well worth the money and you even get
support to run the apps that they promise to be working.

In case you just want to view (but not modify!) MS-Office
Documents, you could try to install the Microsoft Viewers 2003
for word, excel and powerpoint. If they run, they will give you
the "official Microsoft supported view" of an MS-Office document.

According to the AppDB on,
the viewers work with wine. Unfortunately up to now, I personally
just made the excel viewer work with my install.

Another good idea might be to update your wine installation.
There is information about a ubuntu repository for that on
winehq, as well.

kind regards

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