LibreOffice for Mac, how to install it and the features of it

Updated : Dec 14, 2021

I will introduce the features and installation method of the free app “LibreOffice” compatible with Microsoft Office (hereinafter MS Office) for Mac.

By default, the language of “LibreOffice” for Mac is English only.

Therefore, the procedure for making it compatible with other languages ​​is also explained in detail using figures.

Features

LibreOffice is virtually the standard software for free MS Office compatible apps.

In addition, MS Office and LibreOffice have the following correspondence.

ItemMS OfficeLibreOffice
Word processorWordWriter
SpreadsheetExcelCalc
PresentationPowerPointImpress
DatabaseAcccessBase
Mail and ScheduleOutLook
Business DrawVisioDraw

However, you should be aware of the following:

  • Calc
    • When opening files created with Excel, the layout and character decoration will be broken
    • Option specification “Option VBASupport 1” is required to open Excel VBA
    • Slower than Excel
    • When opening Excel files, the font may change to something else
    • The maximum number of columns is 16,384 for Excel, but 1,024 for Calc
  • Base
    • Unstable and easy to freeze compared to Access
    • Access tables can be opened, but forms, reports, macros and VBA cannot be opened
Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

The reason why I dare to use LibreOffice instead of MS office is that it is free and garbled characters are less likely to occur when importing / exporting data.

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

Even if you use MS Office, if you often import / export, you may want to install LibreOffice.

<meta charset="utf-8">Little devil fox
Little devil fox

I would like to recommend “Draw” for drawing figures in LibreOffice as an easy-to-use free software that can draw flowcharts and UML.

There is also Visio in the MS office, but it’s a pretty bullish price.

① Download LibreOffice and language pack

▶ Click the link below to open the download page of the LibreOffice official website.

In addition, the download page checks the OS of your computer and automatically switches the apps for Mac / Windows / Linux.

▶ When you open the download page, you will see the following two versions as of December 14, 2021.

ItemVersion特徴
Latest version7.2.4・For Apple Silicon Mac / Intel Mac
・Equipped with the latest functions
Stable version7.1.8・Only for Intel Mac
・When stability is important

Normally, you should download the latest version, but if you want to emphasize stability at work or school, please download the stable version.

▶ Here, I will continue the explanation on the assumption that you will download the latest version 7.2.4.

Select “macOS (Apple Silicon)” or “macOS (intel)” at the part indicated by the arrow in the figure below, and click the “DOWNLOAD” button.

LibreOffice Official site
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Below is an enlarged view around the arrow.

LibreOffice Official site
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▶ If you click the “DOWNLOAD” button in the previous operation, the following screen will be displayed for about 5 seconds, and then the file save dialog box will be displayed.

If the dialog box does not appear, click the character at the end of the arrow on the screen below to forcibly download.

LibreOffice Official site
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Below is an enlarged view around the arrow.

LibreOffice Official site

▶ When the file save dialog box is displayed as shown in the screen below, ① specify an appropriate save location and ② click the “Save” button.

Mac File Save DialogBox

▶ If you use the U.S. English version, you do not need to install the language pack, so proceed to “② Install LibreOffice“.

If you are not using the U.S. English version, continue to download the language pack.

Go back to the download page you first opened and click on the part that says “need another language?”.

LibreOffice Official site
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Below is an enlarged view around the arrow.

LibreOffice Official site

▶ Many languages ​​will be displayed, so download the language pack of your choice.

Here, as an example, download the French language back.

LibreOffice LanguagePack Download site
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▶ After downloading LibreOffice and the language pack as shown in the figure, proceed to “② Install LibreOffice“.

By the way, the one with “~ langpack” in the file name is the language pack, and the rest is the app of LibreOffice.

Mac LibreOffice Installer

This is the end of the explanation, “① Download LibreOffice and language pack”.

② Install LibreOffice

▶ We have downloaded one or two dmg files so far.
Here’s how to identify the files:

  • LibreOffice: Larger file size
  • Language pack: Smaller file size and the file name has “~ langpack”.
Mac LibreOffice Installer

▶ Even if you also install the language pack, first install LibreOffice itself and check if it can be started.

This is because if you install the language pack together and a problem occurs, you will not be able to distinguish between the LibreOffice problem and the language pack problem.

▶ Double-click the LibreOffice installation program.

Mac LibreOffice installer

▶ When the contents of the file are displayed as shown below, drag and drop “LibreOffice.app” to the “Applications” folder as shown by the arrow.

It will take a minute or two for the drag and drop to complete, but wait for a while.

Mac LibreOffice

The following is the display being copied.

Mac LibreOffice

▶ When the copy is complete, double-click “LibreOffice.app” in the “Applications” folder of the Finder to start it.

Mac Finder

▶ When the security confirmation screen is displayed as shown below, click the “Open” button.

“LibreOffice.app” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?

▶ After waiting for a while, if the following screen opens, LibreOffice has started successfully.

LibreOffice Startup screen
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▶ Up to this point, you have confirmed the installation and startup of LibreOffice itself.

If you don’t install the language pack (U.S. English version), this is the end of the installation.

If you want to install the language pack, proceed to “③ Install the Japanese localization pack”.

Before installing the language pack, select “Quit LibreOffice” from the LibreOffice menu to exit.

After quiting, proceed to “③ Install language pack“.

LibreOffice本体のインストール

This is the end of the explanation, “② Install LibreOffice”.

③ Install language pack

▶ After installing LibreOffice itself, install the language pack.

Double-click the language pack of the two downloaded dmg files.

The one with “~ langpack” in the file name is the language pack.

Mac LibreOffice Installer

▶ When the contents of the file are displayed as shown in the screen below, double-click “LibereOffice Language Pack.app”.

Mac LibreOffice Language pack

▶ When the security confirmation screen is displayed as shown below, click the “Open” button.

“LibreOffice Language Pack.app” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?

Mac LibreOffice Language pack

▶ When the installation confirmation is displayed as shown in the screen below, click the “Install” button.

Mac LibreOffice Language pack

▶ When the installation completion message appears as shown in the screen below, click the “Yes” button.

Mac LibreOffice Language pack

▶ At this point, the installation of the language pack is complete.

Now, let’s actually start LibreOffice and check it.

Double-click “LibreOffice.app” in the “Applications” folder of the Finder to start it.

Mac LibreOffice

▶ If LibreOffice is multilingualized as shown in the screen below, it is successful.

Mac LibreOffice
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The figure below is an enlarged view of the list of apps on the left.

Mac LibreOffice

▶ If it is not translated into other language, open “Settings” from the menu and check if the “User Interface” of “Language” in “Language Settings” is set to other language as shown in the screen below.

Mac LibreOffice
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This is the end of the explanation, “③ Install language pack”.

Conclusion

<meta charset="utf-8">Little devil fox
Little devil fox

How did you feel about using LibreOffice for a few hours?

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

Spreadsheet Calc is easier to use than Excel because it goes into edit mode when you press the enter key in a cell! I thought.

In Excel, it’s easier to use than that because you press F2 or double-click the mouse.

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

However, as with LibreOffice as a whole, I was a little worried that it would take a long time to start up on older and poorer Macs.

<meta charset="utf-8">Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

In terms of perfection for each software, word processor Writer and spreadsheet Calc can be used at work.

Since the database Base is hard to use when reading large data, Access is the overwhelming victory.

What impressed me was the drawing of the figure, which I thought was very complete.

Little devil fox
Little devil fox

It’s free compatible software, so there are limits to what you can do.

People who interact with the outside at work will have unnecessary trouble if they do not properly use the MS office to create documents, so it should not be stingy.

But if you use it privately or with a limited number of members, LibreOffice is probably an ant at all.

Spa cat
Spa cat

This is the end of this article.

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