This beginner tutorial guides you through the steps to download and install LibreOffice on your Windows 10 computer. (These given steps in this tutorial are identical if you want to install LibreOffice suite on your Windows 11 computer as well.)
Introduction Of LibreOffice
LibreOffice is one of free and open-source alternative to MS Office suite. According to the official statistics the entire suite of its applications (Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and others) are used by over 200 millions of user worldwide.
It runs on every operating systems available on the market – Windows, GNU/Linux, MacOs, BSD (unofficial community build), and for mobile operating systems, it supports both two of the biggest players, Android and iOS. Feature wise, it stands head to head with the infamous Microsoft Office suite, that includes Words, Excel, and PowerPoint.
In my opinion, most of the regular user don’t even need to look at MS Office for their daily office needs, as LibreOffice over satisfies all of these basic requirements, unless of course you use or need the remaining 3-5% of the advanced features that only MS Office offers right now.
Download LibreOffice Suite
With each release cycle, LibreOffice publishes two versions: Fresh and Still. The Fresh version comes with all the newest features and improvements, but keep in mind it may have hidden bugs since it’s the newest release.
On the other hand, if stability is your top priority or you work in a production environment where you frequently write documents, create presentations, reports, or spreadsheets, go with the Still version.
It’s a bit older but is a more dependable choice for those who value stability over the latest features. Personally, I also recommend this version to new users who haven’t yet adjusted to and become familiar with its workflow.
Installing LibreOffice In Windows 10/11
After downloading the proper .exe file (either 64-bit or 32-bit, depending on your computer architecture). If the computer is newer than 10 years, select 64-bit option from the website, navigate to the folder where it’s downloaded, then right-click on the file and select Install.
Once the startup window opens, click Next.
On the next slide, you’ll be given with two installation methods to choose from : Typical, and Custom. Select Typical (I highly recommend this method for new users) and click Next.
The main difference between these two methods is the available customizations. The Typical method is a straightforward standard installation, while the Custom method allows you to enable or disable extra language packs and features.
On the next slide, you’ll be asked whether you want to load LibreOffice at the startup of your computer and create a desktop shortcut (help you launch LibreOffice right from the desktop).
After clicking the Install button, simply wait a minute or two for LibreOffice to install on your Windows 10/11 computer.
Once the installation process is complete, click Finish to close the window.
That’s it! You’ve now installed LibreOffice on your Windows 10/11 computer. You can find it by searching for LibreOffice in your search box, and you’re ready to start using it for all your productivity needs.
Uninstall LibreOffice from Your Computer
If in any case, you change your mind and want to remove LibreOffice from your windows computer, then follow the below steps.
Step 1: Search for Control Panel and open it.
Step 2: Once the control panel opens, click Uninstall a program.
Step 3: Locate LibreOffice in the list of installed programs, right-click and select Uninstall.
You have learned how to download and install the appropriate version of LibreOffice on your Windows 10/11 computer, as well as how to remove it if necessary. Don’t forget to keep your LibreOffice updated by uninstalling the old version and reinstalling the new version once a year, following the same steps shown in this tutorial.