wine for MS office?

Dear Opensuse Users: Is anybody using wine in 13.1x64 for MSO 07? It seems to start up OK, but the windows aren’t resizable or moveable by mouseclicks on the borders (although the correct little arrow types appear). This is a vanilla OS13.1 install under KDE and stock wine + winetools out of the repos.

Thank You Very Much!


Did you try with playonlinux ? It is there in the applications list :

I have never installed it though but I think it’s worth a try. Installed playonlinux from repository :

7 | playonlinux         | playonlinux                  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | 

I’m sure it’s also available for 13.1

Hi, Greg - Thank you… No, I didn’t try that. Wine used to work seamlessly in 12.x (windows resizing and stuff) and on Kubuntu. I’m just trying to find out what I’m doing wrong. Sometimes OpenSuSE has slightly different needs.

Do I need to uninstall Wine? Have you tried playonlinux with MSO?

There are differences between wine versions. I don’t think you are doing anything wrong I think the version that comes with stock 13.1 works worse with MS Office. What is cool about playonlinux is that it can install a different wine version per application so I would expect it would install a proper version of wine for your MS Office. At the same time this doesn’t impact the wine you have on your system so this is why I wanted you to try with playonlinux. Last time I used MS Office on Linux was around 4 years ago. I did however successfully run Hearthstone, Teenagent and Torchlitght (versions that come from GOG) with playonlinux.

Huh. Well, I didn’t see playonlinux in the repos…

PattiMichelle wrote:

> Huh. Well, I didn’t see playonlinux in the repos…
look under noarch

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If all else fails maybe try a VM?

Yes, virtualbox works really well for this sort of thing, but it takes a long time to boot compared to wine. :slight_smile:

OK, found a one-click install in the games:tools repo - so, uninstall regular wine?

Don’t have to you can if you want

Don’t uninstall regular wine :slight_smile: I think it’s still needed by playonlinux.

On 11/23/2014 12:16 PM, PattiMichelle wrote:
> Sagemta;2678287 Wrote:
>> Patti,
>> If all else fails maybe try a VM?
> Yes, virtualbox works really well for this sort of thing, but it takes a
> long time to boot compared to wine. :slight_smile:

I rarely shutdown my VM’s, I just suspend them (save machine state).
When I need to run something (Quicken in my case) it only takes a few
seconds to have the VM up and running.


It was suggested to try “winetricks” - this may be my problem… it appears on the WINE forume that MSO is only good with a 32-bit WINEPREFIX, and winetricks says I have a 64-bit one. So now I have to figure out how to switch to a default 32-bit WINEPREFIX… :-/

patti@linux-l8th:~> winetricks
You are using a 64-bit WINEPREFIX. If you encounter problems, please retest in a clean 32-bit WINEPREFIX before reporting a bug.

Trying this tutorial…

OK, it looks like once you set 32 bit WINEPREFIX, followed by riched20 to “native” (both are in that tutorial) then you have to

~> export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/wineoffice
~> winecfg

…and go to Graphics tab => uncheck *Allow window manager to decorate windows *and allow window manager to control windows

THEN you will be able to resize the MSO windows as normal…

THANKS EVERYONE!!!:slight_smile:

Tutorial reproduced here (admin., please remove if inappropriate)

On a 64-bit system it’s tricky getting MS-Office 2007, which is 32-bit, to work under Wine.

Basically I created a separate 32-bit wineprefix for MS-Office. (It’s best to have a separate wineprefix for each software package so you can easily uninstall packages. Run ‘winetricks’ and install a couple of packages if you want to see how that works.)

  1. Create and configure the default (64-bit) wineprefix, in .wine. This can be done in any of the following ways:
  • run winecfg
  • run winetricks --gui
  • Menu -> Wine -> Configure Wine
  1. Create a separate wineprefix for MS-Office, in wineoffice, and install MS-Office into it. This is done by setting environment variables, so I opened a new Terminal and:
    export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/wineoffice
    winecfg # creates and configures the new wineprefix
    cd /media/jackson/OFFICE12 # the Office CD, previously inserted
    wine ./setup.exe
    When the ‘Install / Customise’ screet appears, choose ‘Customise’ and in the top ‘drawer’ (Microsoft Office), choose ‘Run all from my computer’ to make it install everything.
    Under ‘Libraries’ select ‘riched20’ and set it to 'Native (Windows). This makes all the apps in this wineprefix use the ‘riched20’ library that has been installed by MS-Office instead of the default wine version. If you don’t do this, Powerpoint and some other things do not work.

  2. There should now be lots of MS-Office apps in Menu -> Wine.

  3. Make sure you’re connected to the Internet.

  4. Run Menu -> WIne -> Microsoft Word and follow the prompts to:

  5.  Activate over the Internet
  6.  Tell it you don't want to run Microsoft Update.


  1. Go to and get the downloads for MS-Office 2007 Service Pack 3. Open a new Terminal and:

export WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/wineoffice
cd Downloads #or wherever you put the service pack file)
wine ./office2007sp3-kb2526086-fullfile-en-us.exe