Some newbies may find it difficult to install Microsoft Office 2010 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint using Wine. In this brief tutorial, we will try to facilitate the installation process for you by giving all steps needed supported by screenshots to enjoy running Office 2010 in your system. But expect some bugs to arise while running Office and we cannot confirm that all users may get it running smoothly in their computers.

The tutorial is applicable for the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10
  • Linux Mint 14/13/12
1. Installing Wine 1.5.X

Let's first install Wine using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install wine1.5

Run now this command to create the ".wine" hidden folder in your home directory:


In the window that will appear, open the 'Libraries" tab and under "New override for library", search and select "riched20" and click Add:

Click OK to finish:

If you are working on 64-bit system and want to force Wine to run in 32bit process, you can use these two commands before launching the Office installation:

export WINEPREFIX=$HOME/wine32 
export WINEARCH=win32

2. Installing Office 2010

Open now the folder containing the office 2010 installation files, right click the setup.exe file and select "Open with Wine ...":

Install now the software as you do in Windows:

After installing Office 2010, use the Unity dash to search Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Excel 2010, or Outlook 2010:

Here are some screenshots:

NOTE: You may use the tutorial with Office 2007.