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Old 01-07-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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Getting Office 2007 to work with Fedora 14


From my school I am able to get a free copy of Office 2007 via download. Now from the research I have done, it says that the best way to install Microsoft office is to use PlayonLinux. However, all the instructions I find on it is how to install it using a CD, whereas I will be getting it via a download not a CD. Can I still install it with PlayonLinux with the download? I'm guessing I would just point the PlayonLinux to where my downloaded file is, but I want to make sure before I order it. Also will its functionality be just as good as when its used on Windows. I ask, because even though I am a newbie to Linux, I am liking it and would like to completely switch. However, the copy of office from my school is more expansive than the one I currently have, so if it won't function as well I put my school copy on Windows, but if it does I'll use my school copy on my Linux since I will be eventually attempting to switch to it once I finish my course on Unix/Linux. Thank you in advance for your help. By the way I have Fedora 14 for a 64 bit system, in case that effects anything.
 
Old 01-07-2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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From my school I am able to get a free copy of Office 2007 via download
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However, the copy of office from my school is more expansive than the one I currently have,
I don't quite get this. Is it free or not?
Anyway, even if it is not free, you can install and test Office and if behaviour is not satisfactory, you can install it again. You can only register once, but as far as I know Office will run 30 days without registering.
As PlayOnLinux is based on Wine, I assume installation is the same: just point to your Windows install.exe and you start off.

Have you considered dropping MSOffice completely and switch to OpenOffice which is available natively on Linux? OOWriter is a very decent program, Calc is worse than Excel, and Impress is a lot worse than Powerpoint.

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Old 01-07-2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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Calc is worse than Excel, and Impress is a lot worse than Powerpoint.

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whoaa yea now he's going to completely switch to openoffice

i see on wine's site that office 2007 should work with a few tweaks . you can always download the microsoft office trial over the net , and if it doesn't work , your copy from the school wouldn't be touched.
 
Old 01-08-2011, 12:17 AM   #4
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Yes the school's copy is free, by expansive I mean it includes additional apps mine doesn't like Access. I actually think that is a great idea though to download the free trail and see how it works, and installs. Then I can make a more informed decision about which to place on my Windows OS and which to place on my Fedora OS. If I understand right, then all I have to do with the downloaded version is to point PlayonLinux to the install.exe file from the download. Well I will try that with the free trail, and get back to you on how that downloaded install works. Thank you. As for open office, I believe the word processor for it is kword right? If so so far I haven't found it to measure up, plus my instructors demand .doc or .docx formats for our assignments and the various other formats used in the Microsoft office suite. I guess that is another question, is there a way to have the OpenOffice docs save as the Microsoft office formats?
 
Old 01-08-2011, 12:30 AM   #5
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Yes the school's copy is free, by expansive I mean it includes additional apps mine doesn't like Access. I actually think that is a great idea though to download the free trail and see how it works, and installs. Then I can make a more informed decision about which to place on my Windows OS and which to place on my Fedora OS. If I understand right, then all I have to do with the downloaded version is to point PlayonLinux to the install.exe file from the download. Well I will try that with the free trail, and get back to you on how that downloaded install works. Thank you. As for open office, I believe the word processor for it is kword right? If so so far I haven't found it to measure up, plus my instructors demand .doc or .docx formats for our assignments and the various other formats used in the Microsoft office suite. I guess that is another question, is there a way to have the OpenOffice docs save as the Microsoft office formats?
yes . before saving , just select the format type , and ignore what OpenOffice tells you about incompatibiltiy.

click save , then filetype and it should be .doc selected .
 
Old 01-08-2011, 01:39 AM   #6
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OK so I finally found a 2007 trial version to download, and first I tried with PlayonLinux. It went through the install process but once it completed I couldn't find the Microsoft Office. So I went ahead and just ran the install file with Wine. This installed it, and was able to open it through Wine. However once it executed Word I got error messages. First error says- Word cannot open this document template. (C:|users|Papi\...\Building Blocks.docx)- at least I think it says docx it could be do1x or dotx or something close. The next error says- Microsoft Office Word has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install application.- However, I can't find any setup file. Does anybody know how to fix this issue. As for my prior question, PlayonLinux says Access Outlook and Groove do not work with Wine, which are some of the additional apps that come with my school version. Hence I'll place the less intensive one on Linux, if I can figure out how to actually make it work. Thank you for your help.
 
Old 01-08-2011, 01:43 AM   #7
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refer to this .
scroll down until the how-to part . it could help you get through it.
 
Old 01-08-2011, 02:10 AM   #8
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Will I did some of the things that it had there but it still didn't fix the issues. I think maybe it was the site I used to download Office. I think what I might do is find the cd for Office I have somewhere and install it that way so I can ensure to follow the direction to the T, instead of substituting the downloaded exe file for the file that come on the CD. Hopefully I can find it tomorrow I will let you guys know if that works, thank you so much for your advice so far.
 
Old 01-08-2011, 05:10 AM   #9
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Regarding open office, you can set it by default to save in MS-Office compatible formats.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:50 AM   #10
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The OO version of Word is not KWord, but OOWriter.

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #11
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office on linux

What do you want to work on linux, office or word? Wine was originally designed to use 'word' on linux and does it very well.
Perhaps clear and reinstall wine then install 'word' under wine; as a rule an older version of 'word' works better but it helps if it is genuine, not that you are using anything less.

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:06 PM   #12
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Well it helped once I realize kword isn't OpenOffice. I really didn't like kword, but open office's writer is much better. However it still doesn't have all the features of Word 2007 I have gotten used to and use a lot, like all the options in Word's review tab. So, I will probably still try to put the whole office suite on my system from the CD instead of the download version I had gotten. Which brings me to my next question which what is the best way to uninstall the version I had previously installed of Microsoft Office that doesn't work. I've got Fedora 14 KDE. Also how would I uninstall the whole KOffice suite since I really don't like that suite at all and don't want it taking up space. The only thing I did like from Koffice was Kwrite but I'm guessing Open Office probably has a better text editor included or I can download a better one right? I know all these questions are probably very simple, but I am new to Linux and I am scared to mess up the system with all the additional power it offers me over the system.
 
Old 01-09-2011, 02:19 PM   #13
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Have you thought of installing Virtualbox with Windows on Fedora, then installing MS Office?
 
Old 01-09-2011, 02:24 PM   #14
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Have you thought of installing Virtualbox with Windows on Fedora, then installing MS Office?
No I haven't what is Virtualbox? I'm sorry I am very new to Linux, I have seem that term recently but do not have thorough understanding of it. How would I get it, install it, make it work, and does it support all the Office features like Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Groove?
 
Old 01-09-2011, 07:51 PM   #15
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if YOU NEED
Microsoft Office then INSTALL IT ON A MICROSOFT operating system !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
install MS office on Windows 7 !!!!!!!!!!
or
install openoffice 3.2.1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

about the only thing that oo dose not handle is the MS proprietary VB excel macros ( MS has the patent )

and some of the very very odd and never ( or should never be used) artsy formatting and "eye candy"

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