LibreOffice 7.3 arrives with MS interoperability improvements and more

The new version of LibreOffice 7.3 was released a few days ago and the new update brings a number of interoperability improvements that help the suite work better with Microsoft Office files.

In addition to the improvements should also make it easier to exchange documents between the two, this edition comes with a number of improvements for users migrating from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice or exchange documents between the two office automation suites.

Basically in LibreOffice 7.3 There are three different types of interoperability enhancements:

  • Development of new functionalities: such as the new handling of tracking changes in tables and when text is moved, which positively impact interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
  • Performance improvements when opening large DOCX and XLSX/XLSM files– Processing speed has been improved for some complex documents and further processing speed improvements when using the Skia back-end introduced with LibreOffice 7.1.
  • Import/export filter improvements: in .DOC files import list/numbering was improved, while in .DOCX import list/numbering was improved regarding hyperlinks attached to forms now import/export fixed edit permission followed by change of paragraph style, in .XLSX the row height was reduced for Office XLSX files as well as the cell indentation does not increase every time it is saved and an editing permission correction was made, better support for XLSX graphics, in . PPTX interactions and fixed hyperlinks on images were improved and wrong import/export fix for PPTX slide footers and transparent shadow for tables were fixed.

In addition, hea LibreOffice Help has also been enhanced to support all userswith special attention to those who leave Microsoft Office: well search results, which now use FlexSearch instead of Fuzzysort for indexing, they focus on the user’s current module, while the help pages for Calc Functions have been checked for accuracy and completeness and are linked to the Calc Function wiki pages. For its part, the help pages of the ScriptForge script library have been updated.

the libraries of ScriptForgewhich facilitate the development of macros, have also been expanded with various functions: the addition of a new graphics service, to define graphics stored in Calc sheets, in addition to a new PopupMenu service is includedto describe the menu that is displayed after a mouse event.

Finally if you are interested in learning more about it about this new released version, you can check the details in the following link.

How to install LibreOffice 7.3 on Ubuntu and derivatives?

For those who are interested in being able to obtain this new update right now, we can do the following. First we must uninstall the previous version of LibreOffice (if we have it), this is in order to avoid later problems, for this we must open a terminal (you can do it with the key combination Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the following:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

To download the new LibreOffice package, we are going to execute the following command in a terminal:


Done the download now we can extract the content of the downloaded file with:

tar xvfz LibreOffice_7.3.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz

We enter the created directory:

cd LibreOffice_7.3.0_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/

And finally we install the packages that are inside this directory with the following command:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Now We proceed to download the Spanish translation package with:

cd ..
cd ..

And we proceed to decompress and install the resulting packages:

tar xvfz LibreOffice_7.3.0_Linux_x86-64_deb_langpack_es.tar.gz
cd LibreOffice_7.3.0_Linux_x86-64_deb_langpack_es/DEBS/
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Finally, In case of having any problem with the dependencies, we can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get -f install

How to install LibreOffice via SNAP?

We also have the option to install from snapthe only drawback of performing the installation by this method is that the current version has not been updated in Snap, so for those who prefer this installation method, they must wait a few days for the new version to be available.

The command to install is:

sudo snap install libreoffice --channel=stable

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