How to: Install and Run Microsoft Office 2003 on Linux desktop

by on September 24, 2007 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED December 27, 2008

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A long time ago I converted my friend from Windows XP to Linux. However, sometime he needs to run MS-Word or PowerPoint due to compatibility issue with OO. So he begged asked me if I could assist him installing Office 2003 on Linux using Wine.

After some research I came across Tom Wickline’s blog post about installing the same. He has provided an excellent step-by-step guide on office 2003 issues and running Wndows apps under Linux:

Microsoft Office 2003 (Professional Edition) represents a major upgrade to previous versions of the world's most popular suite of software applications. Office 2003 includes new and familiar products, features, and functionality that can help organizations and their employees connect to coworkers, information, and business processes quickly and effectively.

Read more: Running MS Office 2003 under Linux with Wine

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 capry September 28, 2007 at 4:14 am

no proper steps were given to install msoffice2003 to install in ubuntu


2 Raj September 28, 2007 at 8:27 am

thanks for sharing link worked like a charm


3 musida November 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

this is what i need, thanx 4 sharing a nice and useful articles.


4 charles July 31, 2009 at 5:45 am

Thinstalled Portable Ms ( Microsoft ) Office 2003 Pro SP3 runs in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

After installing wine software in Ubuntu 9.04 ( ), right click office2003.exe (181 MB) file downloaded from ( minnova org com 2450754 )
and select Open with wine.

Small “loading Start.exe” screen appears in lower right corner. A small button like icon appears in top right corner and right click that to open word / excel / powerpoint. Home folder is automatically considered as My Documents.

The following setting is needed for Word to start and close without showing any error about file. After opening Word, select Tools, Options, File Locations, User templates, Modify. Then select My Documents and click OK.

After exiting Word / Excel / Powerpoint, right click the button like icon that appears in top right corner and select “Exit Office”, so that Word / Excel / Powerpoint can be run once again without any error message.


5 sonu May 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

no install step by step guide for install ms office 2003 in linux


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