Feature Comparison: LibreOffice - Microsoft Office

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    This page compares the features of LibreOffice and Microsoft Office in several form factors. The comparisons separate major and minor feature differences and also includes notes on LibreOffice extensions. The comparison highlights differences and therefore does not display any features which are present in both office suites.

    There are separate comparison tables available for:

    1. Desktop (notebooks, desktop computers): LibreOffice 24.2.4 (download) vs. Microsoft Office 2021 / 365
    2. Mobile (smartphones, tablets): LibreOffice-based mobile solutions (download) vs. Microsoft Office 365 mobile apps
    3. Online (web browser-based office): LibreOffice-based Collabora Online 23.05 ([1] [2]) vs. Microsoft Office for the web. This section also includes the LibreOffice-based Chromebook App (Collabora Office download [3]) for reasons explained in the section.


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    Desktop office: Notebooks, Desktop computers

    Desktop Office suite, general features: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

    Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 24.2 MS Office 2021 / 365
    Cross-platform availability (desktop) Yes. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Haiku. (based on the same code base). ChromeOS via Collabora Office.

    Integrated office architecture: LibreOffice for the desktop shares the same processing engine, common to all modules, on all form factors (incl. mobile and online) [4].

    Partial. Windows and macOS.

    Windows and macOS versions have some document format compatibility problems, somewhat different feature sets and differences in the user interface; macOS version does not include the database application MS Access, does not include MS Publisher, and also lacks a number of other features (see below). Feature inconsistencies/​differences in Windows versions, between "MS Office 2021" sales version and the "Office 365" rental version: some features are being subsequently included only in the rental version (newly added features also differ between macOS and MS Windows) leading to inconsistencies in the feature set (see below).

    Supported versions of MS Windows Yes. Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10, 11, Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022. ([5]). Version LibreOffice 5.4 still supported Windows XP SP3, Vista. Yes. MS Office 2021 sales version: Windows 10, 11; Server 2019, 2022. MS Office 365 rental version: Windows 8.1, 10, 11, Windows Server 2016, 2019 ([6]).
    Supported versions of macOS Yes. 10.15+ (Catalina). Intel and Apple Silicon. ([7]). Yes. The newest three versions (as of July 2023: 11+ (Big Sur). Intel and Apple Silicon. ([8])
    Portable version that runs on USB flash disks (without installation) Yes (download) No
    Open Source Yes, licensed under MPLv2 and others. No, proprietary and closed-source
    Full integration of all office components Yes. From within each office component, files of all other components can be opened and be newly created. Central StartCenter with access to office modules, recently used files and templates. No
    Availability free of charge Yes (download, donate) No, proprietary software to purchase or rent. When subscription for the rental version ends, applications enter read-only mode (view or print) and no new documents can be created. The purchase-version is a perpetual license. One-month trial version available for the rental version (but not for the one-time purchase version).
    Extension availability Yes. Complex ecosystem of extensions (over 600 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org), including automatic updates. Extensions and templates can be installed from within LibreOffice ("Additions dialog"). Partial, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [9] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
    Localization Yes. 120 languages (detailed list of languages supported by LibreOffice) Partial. 91 languages in Windows version, 27 languages in macOS version (display language for (some) office applications) [10], [11], [12]
    Support of Right-to-leftWikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) languages (e.g. Arabic) and other complex scripts Yes. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzzWikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library Yes
    Additional writing aids Yes. Extended support (spell-check dictionaries, hyphenation patterns, thesaurus and grammar check, specialized dictionaries as extensions ([13], [14]). Detailed list of LibreOffice writing aids for over 160 languages. Partial. More limited, "proofing tools" for 92 languages in Windows version, 58 in macOS version [15], [16],[17]
    Language technology Yes. Comprehensive support, based on the most popular spellchecking library Hunspell

    LibreOffice Language Technology – News & Best practices, YouTube, Hunspell 1.7, LibreOffice vs MS Office, Better coverage: words, Unicode, morphology, 3 false alarms in Word, zero in Writer

    Partial. Limited
    Support of complex languages and special smart-font features (ligatures, true small caps, old style numbers, proportional or mono-spaced numbers, capital spacing, and true superscript/​subscript) Partial. Full support of SIL Graphite font technology ([18],[19]) and full support of OpenType optional features (Font features in 7.5, [20], [21], [22]) by syntax and UI (tdf#58941). See also LibreOffice Smart Font HowTo. Support for Apple Advanced Typography (AAT) available on all platforms. Interoperability: No support for optional OpenType features in OOXML (tdf#104281), and ODF 1.2 doesn’t provide OpenType optional features support (support scheduled for ODF later) Partial. Limited via OpenType supporting ligatures, stylistic sets, number spacing options, number forms, and contextual alternates. [23] Support for optional OpenType features in OOXML.
    Support of font variation Partial. Limited support for font styles predefined on the STAT table, no support to reproduce font variation instances on different axis. tdf#152206 Partial. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export.
    Easy access to vector clip art Yes. via LO Gallery (clipart extensions ([24] or [25])). Extension for the integration of clipart from OpenClipart.org. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Partial. Selection of clip art is asking for search with Bing in Online Pictures. Extended selection of "icons". Access to stock photos and icons.
    Macro scripting languages Yes. Multiple languages, support for wide variety of languages (LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell, and Python). ScriptForge libraries as extensible and robust collection of macro scripting resources for Basic and Python. Import and export of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), see ([26] and the release notes). Partial. Single language, support for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Indirectly also Visual Basic or Visual C# by using automation.
    CMIS protocol support to access Document Management Systems Yes. Support for Google Drive, MS OneDrive, Alfresco, IBM FileNet, IBM Connections Cloud, Lotus Quickr Domino, Nuxeo, OpenDataSpace, OpenText ELS, MS SharePoint, WebDAV, SSH, Windows share. (tdf#62437) Partial. Inbuilt support only for MS SharePoint and MS OneDrive
    Support of ISO standards OpenDocument Format (ODF)Wikipedia logo v3.svg Yes. Advanced support, ODF v1.3 extended Partial. Limited support, ODF v1.3, in MS Windows sales and rental version, and online version. Support of OpenDocument (ODF v1.3) in macOS version and mobile versions (Android, iOS) are more limited and require the use of an online file format conversion service. [27] [28] [29]
    PDF export extended options Yes. Support of PDF standard PDF 1.7. Multiple options (Additional options: Tagged PDF, Time stamp protocolWikipedia logo v3.svg, detailed image settings, Hybrid PDF, transition effects, extended security and permission options, PDF forms, initial view settings, extended handling of URLs, digital signatures, and PDF signatures according to PAdESWikipedia logo v3.svg standard). Support for font embedding of all font types (incl. OpenType CFF fonts (.otf)). Support for PDF/A-1, PDF/A-2 (archiving) and PDF/UA (universal accessibility) standards. Partial. High or low quality PDF, page and markup to print in Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint [30]; pictures resolution and non-printing informations in Publisher. No support for font embedding of OpenType CFF fonts in PDF export [31].
    Document classification Yes. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [32] and [33]. Partial. No inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
    Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) Yes Yes, .svg files supported
    Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) Yes (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) No. Support for .eps images entirely removed in Office 2019 and rental version ([34]). In Office 2016 sales version, it was turned off by default due to security issues, but could be manually enabled via Windows registry ([35]). There were general rendering issues of .eps files in PDF export ([36]).
    Insert PDF as an image into documents Yes ([37]) No
    Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) Yes No
    Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Yes No
    Import from vector graphics / DTP software: CorelDraw (v1-X7), Corel Presentation Exchange, Adobe/Macromedia Freehand (v3-11), Adobe PageMaker, Zoner/Callisto Draw (.zmf), QuarkXPress 3.1 to 4.1 Yes No
    Import of MS Visio files Yes. Supported (Visio 2000-2013) No (only via MS Visio which is not part of MS Office)
    Import of video and audio formats FLAC Audio (.flac), Flash Video (.flv), Matroska Media (.mkv), OGG Audio, Ogg Video, Quicktime Video, WebM Video, Real Audio (.ra), Real Media (.rm), Digital Video (.dv), Audio Codec (.ac3), and Ogg Opus (.opus) Yes No
    Drawing and vector graphics software Yes. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. Partial. MS PowerPoint provides some features of a drawing software.
    PIM and email software No. Not part of LibreOffice, referring to alternative PIM software such as Mozilla Thunderbird. See the comparison on this wiki: Mozilla Thunderbird vs. Microsoft Outlook.

    Mail Merge Wizard sends out emails directly from LibreOffice without email software. LibreOffice-wide access to address books via Base.

    Yes. MS Outlook
    Desktop publishing (DTP) software Partial. Writer supports many advanced DTP features (see section on Writer in this comparison table). Draw supports frame-based DTP features. Import of MS Publisher files (and from other DTP software) in Draw. Partial. MS Publisher (MS Publisher will be retired 2026.)
    Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set Partial. The BASIC Integrated Development Environment (IDE) does not have: 1. Refactoring facilities (Renaming affects dependencies/Extract Method/Extract interface etc.) (tdf#92251, tdf#94524, tdf#94526, tdf#94527, tdf#94528, tdf#94529, tdf#94530); 2. Intellisense (or any other code completion functionality) such as auto-code-completion and showing the properties and methods of an object (tdf#66185); 3. Error checking (the IDE actually knows its symbols). Yes. Supported with Visual Basic for Applications and/or additional purchase of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio (Windows-only). macOS version only supports a simplified Visual Basic Editor.
    Import & Export of Microsoft OOXML files Partial. Good and extended support of real life OOXML files (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx), standardized (transitional) OOXML files, as well as import of OOXML-strict files. [38] Yes. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
    PDF Import Partial, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). Yes, into MS Word
    Synchronous collaborative editing No. Not available in the desktop applications (tdf#133984), see development information: Collaborative Editing and Track changes. Collaborative editing in LibreOffice online versions. Yes. Support in desktop applications via MS OneDrive, MS SharePoint or MS Teams. Support in desktop applications varies: Real-time "co-authoring" in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel (only via AutoSave) [39] (MS PowerPoint 2021 sales version only allows for co-authoring (via AutoSave). Simplified "sharing" of office documents in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint via OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint. AutoSave feature, which automatically saves every few seconds, is supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint, if files are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online. Supported in MS Office online versions. Collaboration with online versions is possible.
    User Interface approach Yes. Highly customizable UI concept "MUFFIN" [40],[41]: Available user interfaces: (1) Classic UI with multiple toolbars mode, and Sidebar panel. (2) Single Toolbar mode, and Sidebar panel. (3) Notebookbar Tabbed UI. (4) Notebookbar Grouped Compact UI. (5) Notebookbar Tabbed Compact UI. (6) Notebookbar Contextual Single UI (Writer and Draw). Customization possible: Several icon themes available (Karasa Jaga, Breeze, Breeze Dark, New Colibre, Elementary, Sifr, Sifr Dark, Sukapura, Tango). Colour themes "Normal" and "Dark" via Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ Application Colors. Light, dark and high contact modes Application color modes in 7.5, [42] Partial. Ribbon UI; Colour themes ([43]) on MS Windows: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White, Dark mode. On macOS: Colorful, Classic, Dark mode.
    User interface improved to enable use on touch screen devices on desktop operating systems. No (tdf#102015) Partial. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
    Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite), Head-Up-Display (HUD). Yes. It can be invoked with the menu Help ▸ Serch Commands or the shortcut ⇧ Shift + Esc. tdf#91874 blog Yes. Tell Me search bar. Search with voice (supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions; not available on macOS)
    Accessibility checker Yes. Accessibility checker and support for PDF/UA. Accessibility improvements, Accessibility checker in 7.5, [44]. Extension for text documents: AccessODF. Yes. [45], [46].
    Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) No Yes. In-app chat with co-authors for shared files on SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business. Not supported for OneDrive Consumer or any other storage location. Non-persistent chat (history not preserved; new users see only newly incoming messages). (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; not supported on Android and iOS).
    Integration of instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. No Yes. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
    Dictation / speech recognition No Yes in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook [47]. Voice audio is sent to Microsoft cloud servers and returned as text. (Not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
    Inserting and editing 3D models No (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) Yes in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Insert animated 3D graphics in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
    Support of color fonts Partial. Support for color fonts using color layers (COLR/CPAL OpenType tables) and color bitmaps (CBLC/CBDT or sbix tables). No support for color fonts using SVGs (SVG table) and COLR version 1 format (tdf#151057). Yes. [48]
    Support of math fonts No (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX/​LuaLaTeX compiler. [49] Yes
    Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 24.2 MS Office 2021 / 365
    Generation of QR codes and barcodes Yes. QR codes and one-dimensional barcodes. In Impress, Draw, Writer and Calc Yes. [50]
    Support of graphics formats: WebP Yes Partial. Import only
    Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM Yes No
    Import of Classic Mac OS legacy vector and bitmap graphics formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, GreatWorks, MacPaint, MacWorks, SuperPaint, MacDraw, MacDraw II, RagTime for Mac 2-3, ClarisDraw, MacDraft Yes No
    Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. Yes No
    Drawing features: Arrow endings Yes. Substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation No. Less supported arrow endings
    Drawing features: Point Eraser, Lasso, Sketched outline style. No Yes. ([51]) (not available on macOS). ([52])
    Document metadata fields according to Dublin Core / XMP Yes. Since LO 24.2 (tdf#138792) No
    Document converter wizard Yes No
    Euro currency converter wizard Yes No
    Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI Yes No
    Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) Yes (note: tdf#92354) No
    Import MathML formula from clipboard Yes No
    Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw Partial. Basic support No
    Digital signatures / Signature Line Yes. Multiple signatures, including OOXML signatures. Visible signatures in Writer, Calc and Draw. Round-trip with MS Office problematic (tdf#58442, tdf#58476). Import/export of PDF signatures. Support of XAdESWikipedia logo v3.svg standard (XML Advanced Electronic Signatures) and OpenPGP keys. Support for ECDSA keys (on Linux and macOS). Support for OpenPGP-based document encryption. Yes (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
    Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon Yes. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) Yes
    Enhanced list of recent files and folders Partial (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter). Option to show office module specific recent documents. Yes (option to set recent files as permanent)
    Custom colors in formula editor Yes. Full support of HTML colors in Math (RGB colors, UI in element pane) (tdf#40436) Yes
    Third-party software dependencies Partial. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. Yes. Not required
    Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters No (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X Partial. Limited support
    Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources No (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) Partial [53] Insert online videos (YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare.net) to MS Word (not available on macOS). Insert online videos (YouTube, Vimeo, MS Stream, Flipgrid) to MS PowerPoint. Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
    Collaboration with @mentions in comments No Yes, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. [54]
    Task assignment using @mentions No Yes. Create, assign and track tasks ([55])
    Quick access to email attachments No Yes, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
    Streaming of office applications/office on demand No (possible via third party services) Yes ([56])
    Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) No (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) Yes. Several pens, highlighters, colors and color effects, and pencils for inking to draw/annotate/highlight. Lasso Select (free-form tool for selecting ink). Ink replay feature
    Recognition of shapes from ink drawings No Yes. [57] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint
    Recognition of text from ink drawings No Yes. [58] Conversion of ink to shapes in MS PowerPoint and MS Word (Not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
    Automatic background removal of a picture No (tdf#103424) Yes. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
    Live preview while formatting No (tdf#37048) Yes
    Inserting a screenshot from within applications No Yes
    Import of graphics formats: MEZ, PCZ No Yes
    Export to XPS formatWikipedia logo v3.svg No Yes
    Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro No (tdf#105803) Yes (macOS only)


    Desktop Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

    Major Feature Differences LO Writer 24.2 MS Word 2021 / 365
    Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes Yes. Stable layout No. Layout problems
    Styles (page styles, frame styles) Yes No
    Overlining of text Yes No, but complicated workaround
    Master documents for longer texts Yes. Master documents and Master document templates supported No. Supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
    Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information Yes. Supported. Redaction & Automatic redaction tool No
    Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) Yes No
    Business card wizard Yes (release notes) No
    Text auto completion of words already used before Yes. [59] No
    XForms documents creation Yes No
    Mathematical calculations in tables Yes. Complex calculations No. Only basic arithmetic
    DocBook import & export Yes No
    Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format Yes No
    Export to XHTML Yes No
    Export to EPUBWikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) Yes No
    Export document as image(s) Yes. Supported, image formats: .jpg, .png No
    Import of Apple Pages documents Yes. Support for Pages v1-5 [60] No
    Working with large documents Yes. Stable layout Partial. Some layout problems [61]
    Extended label creation features (release notes) Yes (generic database access, synchronise content) Partial
    Frames Yes. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics Partial. Concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
    DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) Yes Yes. Supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
    Table styles Partial (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). Yes
    PDF export of comments Partial. Export of comments according to PDF specification (via "File" > "Export as PDF"). PDF export of comments: inside the margin, at end of page, at end of document (activation complicated, only via: "Tools" > "Options" > "LibreOffice Writer" > "Print" (tdf#77650)) Partial. Export only as comments inside margin
    Grammar check Yes. 4 languages with built-in grammar checker (English, Russian, Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese). Grammar checker LanguageTool available as remote grammar checker or as extension: Languagetool for 30 languages plus 13 language variants (level of language support varies; 11 languages with more than 1000 rules). Other grammar checker extensions available: Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese Yes. 21 languages (plus 1 language variant) were supported in MS Office 2013 with additional costs) ; no information on supported languages in MS Office 2016. Grammar check on macOS version limited to few languages.
    Style sets (for paragraph styles) / document themes / document styles Yes. Supported since LO 7.6. Other solutions: Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Bugs on document themes: (tdf#90497) Yes. Supported ("document themes")
    Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas No. Extension: TexMaths Yes. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
    Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page No (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table Yes
    Picture styles & additional effects No (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. Glow effect and soft edges supported Yes
    View changes in the margin in "track changes" mode Partial Option to show track changes (additions or deletions) in margin (Tools - Options - LibreOffice Writer - View - Enable Tracked deletions in margin). Implementation misses some features, see: tdf#137770 tdf#147169 Yes
    Diagonal borders in tables No (tdf#51665) Yes
    Extended reading mode of documents No (tdf#55168) Yes
    Collapse and expand parts of a document Yes. [62] (tdf#135310) Yes
    Instant messaging while collaborating on document No Yes ([63])
    Track changes only for own changes (while collaborative editing) No Yes. Option to track one's own changes without forcing others to track theirs ([64]). (not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
    Reading aloud; Text-to-speech (TTS) ability No. Extension Read Text. Yes ([65])
    Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 24.2 MS Word 2021 / 365
    Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Yes No
    Open erroneous .doc files Yes. Better recovery mode ([66],[67]) No. More frequently denies opening those files
    Wizard to create personalized letter templates Yes No
    Import & Export Unified Office Format text Yes No
    Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents Yes. Supported (requires Java) No
    Import of AbiWord files Yes No
    Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) Yes No
    Import of legacy Mac OS word processing documents: MS Word for Mac (1-5.1), MS Works for Mac (1-4), ClarisWorks/​AppleWorks, Write Now, MacWriteII/​MacWritePro, DOCMaker 4, FullWrite Professional, HanMac Word-K/J, LightWayText for Mac 4.5, Mariner Write Mac Classic 1.6-3.5, MindWrite Document, Nisus Writer Mac Classic 3.4-6.5, TeachText/​SimpleText 1, Tex-Edit 2, WriterPlus, Z-Write 1.3, eDOC 2, Acta Mac Classic, BeagleWorks/​WordPerfect Works 1, GreatWorks, MacDoc 1, MoreMac 2-3, RagTime for Mac 2-3 Yes No
    Import of DOS/Windows legacy word processing documents: Microsoft Word for DOS, Microsoft WinWord 5, Microsoft Word 6.0 / 95, Microsoft Write, Hangul WP97, Text 602 (T602), Lotus WordPro Yes No
    Logo toolbar and interpreter Yes [68] No
    Format text of all comments in document Yes No
    Comments in headers and footers Yes No
    Text boxes allow multiple columns Yes No
    Markdown feature to automatic format *bold*, /italic/, -strikeout- and _underline_ Yes. (How to switch on the feature). See also tdf#133023 No
    PDF export preserves footnote/​endnote anchors Yes. Links between anchors and footnotes or endnotes (even if not on the same page) are available in both direction. No
    Conditional text Yes ([69], [70](PDF) [71]) Partial ([72], [73])
    Automatic replacement of Emojis Yes. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Partial. Manual creation of replacement lists
    Number of columns per table in document Yes. Unlimited columns Partial. Limited to 63 columns
    Multi-line headings for chapters Yes. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Heading Numbering dialog) Partial. Only via work-around [74]
    Maximum page size Yes. 300cm x 300cm Partial. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
    Bibliographic features Partial. Basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. Work has been done to better integrate Zotero in LibreOffice [75]. DOI citation recognition (tdf#145925). Yes. Inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
    Advanced find & replace / Special characters Partial (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer Yes
    Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list Partial. Different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) Yes
    Default keyboard shortcuts Partial. Less default shortcuts ([76]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([77])
    Add watermarks to pages Partial. Support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. Partial (text and picture watermarks). This is not possible on Chromebooks as there is no app, Word for the web cannot do watermarks
    Outline view Partial Outline folding mode [78] (tdf#135310, alternative feature: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings (see Improvements to Navigator in 7.0) Yes
    Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) No. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) Yes
    Document/text translation Yes Initial machine translation is available, backend by DeepL translate. Other extension: TradutorLibreText. Yes ([79])
    Decorative page borders No (tdf#39270) Yes
    Horizontal split view of the same document No (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. Yes
    Draft view No (tdf#67698) Yes
    Upload to blog servers No, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher (outdated). Yes (MS SharePoint Blog, Telligent-Community, TypePad, WordPress, MetaWebLog API)
    Digital pen usage / ink gestures No Yes. [80] (Not supported in MS Office 2021 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
    Transform document into a Sway web page No Yes. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2021 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
    Line by line reading of text No Yes. Line Focus (removes removes distractions) feature in MS Word.
    'File name without extension' field Yes. [81] No. [82] [83]


    Desktop Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

    Major Feature Differences LO Calc 24.2 MS Excel 2021 / 365
    Spreadsheet functions (for details see Functions comparison of LibreOffice Calc and Excel) Yes. 508 functions (29 functions unique to Calc) See an extensive description of Calc Functions Yes. 492 functions (38 functions unique to Excel)
    Unique Spreadsheet functions Yes.

    CURRENT; DAYSINMONTH; DAYSINYEAR; DDE; EASTERSUNDAY; FORECAST.ETS.MULT; FORECAST.ETS.STAT.MULT; FORECAST.ETS.PI.MULT; FOURIER; GOALSEEK; ISLEAPYEAR; MONTHS; MULTIPLE.OPERATIONS; MULTIRANGE; MVALUE; NEG; OPT_BARRIER; OPT_PROB_HIT; OPT_PROB_INMONEY; OPT_TOUCH; RAND.NV; RANDBETWEEN.NV; RAWSUBTRACT; REGEX; ROT13; ROUNDSIG; STYLE; WEEKS; WEEKSINYEAR; YEARS.

    Extensions: Kanji to Phonetic provides PHONETIC function; Lox365: XLOOKUP for LibreOffice provides FILTER, IMAGE, SORT, TEXTSPLIT, TOCOL, UNIQUE, XLOOKUP.

    Yes.

    CUBE­KPI­MEMBER, CUBE­MEMBER, CUBE­MEMBER­PROPERTY, CUBE­RANKED­MEMBER, CUBESET, CUBESET­COUNT, CUBEVALUE, RTD, DBCS, CALL, REGISTER.ID, PHONETIC; FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE, RANDARRAY (tdf#126573); LET (tdf#137543); STOCKHISTORY (Not available in MS Office 2021 sales versions); TEXTSPLIT (tdf#150866); XLOOKUP (tdf#127293); XMATCH (tdf#128425); YEN; the following functions are only available in MS Office 365 rental version, not in MS Office 2021: TEXTBEFORE (tdf#150864); TEXTAFTER (tdf#150865); TEXTSPLIT (tdf#150866); VSTACK (tdf#150867); HSTACK (tdf#150868); TOROW (tdf#150878), TOCOL (tdf#150879); WRAPROWS (tdf#150880); WRAPCOLS (tdf#150881); TAKE (tdf#150997); DROP (tdf#150998); CHOOSEROWS (tdf#150999); CHOOSECOLS (tdf#151000); EXPAND (tdf#151001); IMAGE (tdf#129129).

    Comparison of two spreadsheet files Yes No
    Page styles (in addition to cell styles) Yes No
    Hyphenation of text in cells Yes No
    AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type Yes No ([84])
    Export to XHTML Yes No
    Full-Sheet Previews: Possibility to export all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF Yes No
    Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) Yes Yes. [85]
    OpenFormula standard Yes. Largely supported Partial
    Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) Yes. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) No ([86])
    Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Yes. Support for Numbers v1-3 [87], see also this comparison No
    Maximum number of columns per sheet Yes. 16,384. Jumbo spreadsheets supported since LO 7.4, see: [88], tdf#133764. Yes. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
    Table styles Partial. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762, tdf#44763, tdf#66377) Yes
    Record a macro Partial. Limited support [89] Yes
    Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer Partial. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) Yes
    Statistical / Analysis toolkit Partial. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression Partial. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
    Chart styles No (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) Partial. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
    Power PivotWikipedia logo v3.svg features No (tdf#96623 regarding DAX functions) Yes
    Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel No (tdf#74665, tdf#81530, tdf#70361, tdf#72992, tdf#97832) Yes
    Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table No (work around: using function VLOOKUP) Yes ([90])
    Integration of external data sources No. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. Yes. Queries and data sources via "Power Query" and "Power BI" [91]. (SQL.REQUEST removed in favor of Power Query since MS Excel 2010)
    Linked data types No Yes. Data types from online sources: geography, stocks, organization, location, zip code, university, space, satellite, element, chemistry, food, exercise, movie, characters, medical, body, media, nature, activities, other (Not available in MS Office 2021 sales versions) [92],[93]
    Forecasting data to predict future trends Yes. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) Yes. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
    Import MS Access databases Partial. Via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) Yes
    Multi-Core Processing / multithreading Partial. Multi-threaded calculation [94]. Multi-threaded import of XLSX documents. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([95],[96]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [97], Presentation "Making Calc Calculate in Parallel". Yes. Starting in Excel 2010, the following features use multi-core processors: saving a file, opening a file, refreshing a PivotTable (for external data sources, except OLAP and SharePoint), sorting a cell table, sorting a PivotTable, and auto-sizing a column.

    For operations that involve reading and loading or writing data, such as opening a file, saving a file or refreshing data, splitting the operation into two processes increases performance speed. The first process gets the data, and the second process loads the data into the appropriate structure in memory or writes the data to a file. In this way, as soon as the first process begins reading a portion of data, the second process can immediately start loading or writing that data, while the first process continues to read the next portion of data. Previously, the first process had to finish reading all the data in a certain section before the second process could load that section of the data into memory or write the data to a file. ([98], [99])

    Declaration of variables to be used in formulas No Yes. LET function (tdf#137543)
    Data-linked creation of flowcharts No Yes. Flow charts and organizational charts (supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
    Export generic XML No Yes
    Customized sheet views (while collaborative editing) No Yes ([100])
    Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 24.2 MS Excel 2021 / 365
    Flexible CSV export Yes. Supported ([101], [102]) No
    Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters Yes (List of Regular Expressions) No
    View clone of spreadsheet in new window Yes. Independent window No. Cannot be moved outside the application window
    Median in PivotTable Yes. tdf#61700 No. [103]
    Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs Yes No
    Use English function names Yes. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English No
    Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet Yes No
    Import of DOS/Windows legacy spreadsheet formats: Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro (v1-5.5 DOS; v1.0-6.0 Windows), Microsoft Works spreadsheet, Microsoft Multiplan (v1-3 DOS) Yes No
    Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) Yes No
    Import & Export Pocket Excel Yes. Supported (requires Java) No
    Ability to rotate entire chart Yes No
    PDF export of comments Yes. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
    Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) Yes No (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
    Import from Gnumeric Yes (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) No
    Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image Yes No
    Export sheet/table as .png image Yes No
    Formatting of cells Yes. More detailed: Number formats: more flexible use of "Format Code" for custom adjustments, leading zeroes, language setting, percentages without percentage sign, thousands separator for percentages; Font: overligning of text, relief (embossed, engraved), outline, shadow, underline of individual words, spacing settings, kerning; Borders: shadow, spacing to contents; Protection: hide cells when printing. Partial. Less features
    Additional cell format types Yes. Number format "Boolean value". Engineering notation. Natural language number format (spelling out numbers in various languages, spell our number and currency formats in 7.5. Easy work around for missing US zip code and US phone number formats. Partial Engineering notation via custom formats.
    Support negative year date (BCE) Yes Partial Using work-arounds.
    Conditional formatting: icon sets Partial. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). Partial. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
    Advanced find & replace / Cell Format Partial (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) Yes
    Formulae with entire columns or entire rows Partial (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Yes
    Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [104] Partial. Less default shortcuts ([105], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Yes. More default shortcuts ([106], [107], [108])
    Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) Partial. Supported for select protected/​unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. Yes for select protected/​unprotected cells, insert/delete rows/​columns, format cells/​columns/​rows, insert hyperlinks, sort, use AutoFilter/​Pivot Table reports, edit objects/​scenarios.
    Timeline filter in PivotTable No Yes. [109]
    Chart: Automatically vary colours by point No (only manually) Yes
    Chart type: xyz / surface charts No, basic workaround [110] (tdf#51670) Yes
    Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) No (tdf#50934) Yes
    Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool No (tdf#160398; via extension: GeOOo) Yes. Map charts and "3D Maps".
    Different chart types for different data series No (tdf#35629) Yes
    Printing of selected chart only No, workarounds [111], [112] (tdf#45893) Yes
    Chart data labels "Value as percentage" Yes No
    Chart data labels "Value from cells" No Yes
    Automatized analysis and visualization features No Yes. Quick analysis feature and visual summaries, trends, and patterns. [113], [114]. Some of these features ("Ideas in Excel") supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions; quick analysis feature not supported on macOS.
    Flash fill No (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. Yes
    Chart recommenda­tions No Yes
    'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings No Yes
    Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) Yes. [115] Yes
    Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines No (tdf#36943) Yes
    Cell background options Partial. Background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells Yes. Background color, pattern, gradient
    Insert data from screenshot or picture No YesOCR and recognize tables from screenshots or pictures [116] (Not available in MS Office 2021 sales versions and only available on macOS)


    Desktop Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

    Major Feature Differences LO Impress 24.2 MS PowerPoint 2021 / 365
    Hyphenation support Yes No
    Export to XHTML Yes No
    Export to HTML Yes No (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
    Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS Yes Partial, to SVG (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
    Presentation remote control for smartphones/​tablets Yes. For Android smartphones/​tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. Partial. For Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
    3D slide transitions Yes. ​macOS, Linux, Windows Partial. ​macOS, Windows
    Edit embedded videos Partial. Via external programs Yes. Directly in the program
    Comments and reply to comments Partial Yes
    Color/document themes Partial support of document themes in Impress: [117] [118] Yes
    Animated effects Partial. Supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/​shake/​vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) Yes
    Trim embedded video or audio Yes Impress now supports cropped video for media shapes. Yes. Supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
    Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) No (tdf#38263) Yes. Supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [119]
    Slides editable during presentation No (tdf#34965) Yes
    SmartArt diagrams No (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension Yes
    Save highlights and drawings during presentation No (tdf#51928) Yes
    Compare presentations No Yes
    Broadcast presentation on the Internet No. Only via export to PDF or SWF Yes. Additional support to publish to Microsoft Stream video-sharing site (Not supported in macOS version)
    Animated diagrams No Yes
    Record a slide show No (tdf#34959) Yes. [120] Some features only available in rental vesion ([121]).
    Slide design suggestions No Yes via PowerPoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
    Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen No Yes. Supported with Bluetooth pen or Surface pen. Using digital pen as a slide-show clicker (Not supported in macOS version)
    Optimization of slides for screen readers No Yes. ([122]) (not available on macOS)
    Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 24.2 MS PowerPoint 2021 / 365
    Number of slide layouts Yes. 12 Partial. 9
    Physics based animations Yes. [123] No
    Text background colour in text boxes Yes No
    PDF export of comments Yes. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
    Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation Yes No
    Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM Yes No
    Import of Apple Keynote files Yes. Support for Keynote v1-6 [124] No
    Embedding of fonts in presentation file Yes Partial. Supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in PowerPoint on macOS, although displayed. No support for embedding OpenType CFF fonts. [125]
    Maximum page size Yes. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) Partial. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
    Editing of master slides Partial. Limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([126]). Yes. Powerful editing
    Default keyboard shortcuts Partial. Less default shortcuts ([127]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([128], [129])
    Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations No Yes. [130] Conversion of ink to shapes/​diagrams in MS PowerPoint; Ink equations (conversion of drawing to equation) in PowerPoint. (Not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions and only available on Windows 10/11; not supported in macOS sales version).
    Automatically suggesting presentation outline from online sources by entering subject No Yes. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
    "Morph" transition type No Yes. [131]
    Creation of automatically starting presentations No, extension: ImpressRunner Yes
    Export presentation to video formats No (tdf#34959) Yes. Supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
    Slide zoom and pan No (tdf#150383) Yes
    Option to save as picture presentation No (tdf#93589) Yes
    Using Surface Earbuds to control presentation No Yes[132]
    Autogeneration of alt text for photos No Yes [133] (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions; not supported on macOS)

    Desktop Database program: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

    Major Feature Differences LO Base 24.2 MS Access 2021 / 365
    Available on all operating systems supported by the office suite Yes No. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
    SQL syntax highlighting Yes No
    Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise Yes. Plus MySQL as extension. [134] No, via ODBC
    Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book Yes No
    Native JDBC driver Yes No
    Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format Yes No
    Database engine Yes. FirebirdSQL 3.0; HSQLDB 1.8.x (deprecated). In LibreOffice 6.2 FirebirdSQL is the default for new databases. Firebird Migration Assistant converts HSQLDB databases to FirebirdSQL Partial. Jet
    Integration of MS Outlook address book Partial. Supported only on MS Windows. No support for Outlook (tdf#56903) and Outlook Express (tdf#56905) address book access in the native 64-bit Windows builds of LibreOffice. Yes
    Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application Partial. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([135]) (tdf#51872) Yes
    Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: Partial. Only via drag&drop to LibreOffice Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the writable data source being open. ([136]) (tdf#73798) Yes
    Edit MS Access files Partial. Limited older driver "Microsoft.Jet.​OLEDB.​4.0" works fine for read/write, while "Microsoft.ACE.​OLEDB.​12.0" driver only reads; (tdf#43187). Driver only works on Windows. Yes
    Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server No, via ODBC Yes
    Crosstab queries No. Not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) Yes
    "Linked tables" capability No. Not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) Yes. Linked tables and Linked Tables Manager.
    Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format No Yes
    Import data from XML, HTML No Yes
    Minor Feature Differences LO Base 24.2 MS Access 2021 / 365
    Native connector for: dBase databases Yes No. Not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
    Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files Yes No
    Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database Yes No
    Native connector for: SharePoint lists No Yes
    Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 No Yes
    Web service data connection No Yes
    Password protection of database No (tdf#70638) Yes
    Calculations in database tables No (tdf#72787) Yes

    Most important extensions for desktop LibreOffice

    LibreOffice has a complex eco-system of extensions (over 600 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org). Additionally to the extensions already mentioned in above comparison table, here is a selection of some extensions adding valuable features to LibreOffice:

    LibreOffice Extensions
    General office suite: LibreOffice
    LibreOffice Writer
    LibreOffice Calc
    LibreOffice Impress
    • Export as Images allows to export all the Impress slides or Draw pages as images in JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF formats.
    • OpenCards is a free award-winning flashcard learning software.
    LibreOffice Draw
    LibreOffice Base
    • Access2Base VBA for MSAccess emulator. (installed by default in LibreOffice 6.2; available for download for older versions than 6.1)
    • BaseDocumenter fully document a LibreOffice Base application.
    Accessibility extensions
    • odt2daisy, converts OpenDocument Text (ODT) to digital talking books in the DAISY format (DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3.0 XML and Full DAISY 3.0) for speech synthesis.
    • Read Text, it uses an external program or a web service to read text. Read the selection with Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer and Writer.
    • odt2braille, enables authors to print documents to a Braille embosser and to export documents as Braille files. The Braille output is well-formatted and highly customizable.


    Mobile office: Smartphones, Tablets

    Mobile Office suite, general features: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

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    Major Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions Mobile: MS Office 365
    Integrated office architecture Yes. Integrated office architecture: LibreOffice mobile shares the same processing engine, common to all modules, on all form factors (incl. desktop and online) [137]. No. Loose architecture differing between desktop (different between Windows and macOS), mobile and online office.
    Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) Yes. Mobile applications available as LibreOffice-based Collabora Office. LibreOffice viewer available for iOS/iPadOS, Android and Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts.

    Android: Collabora Office on Google Play available for smartphones and tablets, release announcement (2019-12-10). LibreOffice Viewer for Android available, with basic and experimental editing features. Information on new LibreOffice Android app: [138]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [139], [140].

    iOS/iPadOS: Collabora Office for iPhone and iPad available: Collabora Office in the Apple AppStore. More information: Collabora press release, Adfinis press release, LibreOffice as an iOS app on the iPad; Announcement for iOS; Commits: [141], [142].

    ChromeOS: Collabora Office on Google Play available, more information, XDA News Portal.

    Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts: The Document Viewer is powered by LibreOfficeKit (LibreOffice 5) and supports viewing most file types supported by LibreOffice.

    Partial. Android and iOS for smartphones and tablets with restricted features set. No support for ChromeOS on tablets.

    Professional users as well as users on tablets >10.1 inch are required to have an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee. Private users are allowed to view and print documents without registration private users, basic editing functionality requires registration. More comprehensive features require an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee.

    Support of Right-to-leftWikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) languages (e.g. Arabic) and other complex scripts No Yes
    Minor Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions Mobile: MS Office 365
    Run Microsoft Visual Basic Macros. Yes. Support for a large portion of Microsoft Visual Basic Macros (via Collabora Office). No

    Mobile Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

    Major Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Writer Mobile: MS Word 365
    Open password protected documents Yes. (via Collabora Office) No
    Minor Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Writer Mobile: MS Word 365
    XY Partial Partial.

    Mobile Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

    Major Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Calc Mobile: MS Excel 365
    XY Partial Partial.
    Minor Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Calc Mobile: MS Excel 365
    XY Partial Partial.

    Mobile Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

    Major Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Impress Mobile: MS PowerPoint 365
    XY Partial Partial.
    Minor Feature Differences Mobile: LibreOffice-based solutions: Impress Mobile: MS PowerPoint 365
    XY Partial Partial.

    Online office: Web browser (and Chromebooks)

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    LibreOffice core software is available as a Chromebook App from Collabora Productivity by the name of Collabora Office, it is the same software as used in the Online suite with some optimisations for ChromeOS. In Sept 2021 Microsoft announced the discontinuation of their Chromebook App. By combining Online and Chromebook Apps in this table it enables the easy comparison of LibreOffice based office suites to Microsoft's Online when using a Chromebook.


    Online Office suite, general features: LibreOffice Online vs. Microsoft Office for the web

    Major Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office

    Online: MS Office for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Integrated office architecture Yes. Integrated office architecture: Online LibreOffice shares the same processing engine, common to all modules, on all form factors (incl. mobile and desktop) [143]. No. Loose architecture differing between desktop (different between Windows and macOS), mobile and online office.
    Online/cloud version of office suite Yes. Libreoffice-based Collabora Online with full document support and rendering fidelity, as well as collaborative editing. Advanced but reduced editing functionality compared to the desktop version. Online version supports Vereign compatible authentication & document signing. [144], [145], [146], [147], [148], [149]. See also: LibreOffice Online port development. Partial. Office web apps, with reduced functionality when compared to the Word desktop version and Collabora Online. ([150])
    Applications Yes. Writer, Calc, Impress, (Draw publishing capabilities are built in to Writer). Yes. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams
    File format support equivalence to desktop Yes. Supports opening file formats of many office suites and other applications with over 150 extensions supported. (LibreOffice supported file formats) (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Integration of online office suite into (third-party) collaboration software and groupware / content management systems Yes. Integration of LibreOffice Online in: OwnCloud and Nextcloud, Kolab, Pydio, Seafile, IceWarp, AG-I Solutions, Alinto, VNCLagoon, EGroupware, Univention App Center, Kopano Documents, Collabora Online, Corteza Community Server, Alfresco ([151]), Roove, Zimbra ([152]), Mastermost, Moodle, IServ Schulserver. MS SharePoint integration SharePoint 2016 Server. See also these lists: Collabora Online hosting partners, Collabora Online partners, Availability of LibreOffice Online. Partial. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
    Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts Yes. Variety of available service providers: UrBerri, eqipe, New Access, Arawa, Artistanbul, TransfertPro, Extensys, Rono-IT, SecuredStore, StudioStorti, united hoster, Option Service Télécom, AggreCost, Webo.hosting, FileCloud, Retention Range, Workman.net.au, OffiDocs, CiviHosting, ETES, Sunjun, opendsi, GMS, OpenLogic, SwissStash, iOffice Cloud, cloudplan, EGroupware, ZenTao, SwissVON, CQ Net, Mijncloudoffice, mentorITe, PowerFolder, GMX Online Office, Mail.com Online Office, Web.de Online Office, hostiso.com, Kolab Now, Crest Tech. See also these lists: Collabora Online hosting partners, Collabora Online partners, Availability of LibreOffice Online. Partial MS OneDrive
    Synchronous collaborative editing Yes. Supported in online versions of Writer, Calc and Impress. Editing in real-time and interactively with no extra lag or latency to see other users’ typing avoiding the need for paragraph locking and conflict resolution issues. Partial. Supported in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, it is not possible to edit in real-time and interactively without delays to see other users’ typing, and due to this there can be file conflicts that require investigation and resolution to avoid data loss.
    Support of Right-to-leftWikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) languages (e.g. Arabic) and other complex scripts for all Document Types Yes. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzzWikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library (from Collabora Online release 21.11). (via Online) No
    Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office

    Online: MS Office for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Partial Partial

    Online Word processors: LibreOffice Online Writer vs. Microsoft Word for the web

    Major Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Writer 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Writer

    Online: MS Word for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    WYSIWYG - Full Fidelity Editing, PDF generation, Printing Yes. What You See Is What You Get. Any document being edited looks the same when saved as a PDF or when printed (via Online and Chromebook App) No. Documents being edited do not look the same when saved as a PDF or when printed [153]
    Set, change or delete document open Password Protected Files (encryption password) Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No. Word for the web can't encrypt a document with a password, and it can't open documents encrypted with a password[154]
    Edit Password to Modify Documents Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [155]
    Adjust Table Sort Order Yes. And additional options: Sort in multiple sequential columns or rows, and for each column or row choose alphanumeric or numeric, ascending or descending. Option to match case (via Online and Chromebook App) No. Not possible to sort by column or row[156]
    Format Table Cells Yes. By Number, Percent, Currency, Date, Time, Scientific, Fraction, Boolean Value and Text. (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Headers and Footers appear in the editable document Yes. It is a WYSIWYG word processor. (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Find and Replace with options as available on desktop Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No. Very Basic.
    Clipboard (Copy and Paste) Yes. Copying and pasting within the web app works with advanced document features. Pasting content copied from outside the web app is advanced (via Online) Partial. Copying and pasting within the web app is functional for basic features available in the app. Pasting content copied from outside the web app is limited, such as it cannot copy and paste a hyperlink without losing the link. [157]
    Word processor file format support equivalence to desktop Yes. Supports opening word processor files in OpenDocument Format, and other formats from products such as Abiword, AportisDoc, Apple Pages, AppleWorks, Hangul WP 97, Ichitaro 8/9/10/11, Lotus Word Pro, MacWrite 1.5, Microsoft Pocket/RTF/Word 4/5/6.0/95/97-2003/2003XML/2007-2021/for Mac/for Windows2.0/Write, PDF, Software602, StarOffice StarWriter 3/4/5, WordPerfect, WordPerfect Suite 2000/Office 1.0, WriteNow 4.0.

    And others: Adobe PageMaker, Microsoft Publisher, QuarkXPress 3–4, HTML (LibreOffice supported file formats) (via Online and Chromebook App)

    No. It will edit docx, dotx and ods (OpenDocument Format). It will open doc but cannot save it back in the same format. It will open docm and dotm but the macros will not run. It will not open or edit other formats that are supported in the desktop versions for Windows and Mac. (Word supported file formats)
    PDF & EPUB Export Options Yes. Options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online) No.
    Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Writer 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Writer

    Online: MS Word for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Templates, browse and start from professionally designed templates Yes. (via Online) No [158]
    Save in Microsoft Word 97 - Word 2003 format (.doc) Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [159]
    Save in EPUB e-book format (.epub) Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Edit and Run Microsoft Visual Basic Macros, (docm, dotm) Yes. Support a large portion of Microsoft Visual Basic Macros (via Online and Chromebook App) No [160]
    Title Page Yes. With options for number of title pages, page to start at, title style, title numbering (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Thesaurus Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No
    Page Gutter Margins (book / thesis binding) Yes. Gutter Margins can be positioned on the left or top (via Online) No
    Add and Edit Page Backgrounds Yes. Colour, Gradients, Bitmap, Pattern and Hatch, options available for each of these are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online and Chromebook App) Partial. Very Basic.
    Add and Edit Page Transparency Yes. Transparencies, options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online and Chromebook App) No [161]
    Add and Edit Page Borders Yes. Borders, options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online and Chromebook App) No [162]
    Add and Edit Page Columns Yes. Columns, options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online and Chromebook App) No. [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-online-service-description/office-online-service-description
    Display Headers and Footers, Footnotes, Endnotes in-line in the document Yes. A WYSIWYG word processor (via Online and Chromebook App) No [163]
    Add, Edit, View Charts Yes. Full options as available in desktop (via Online and Chromebook App) No. They appear as placeholders that you cannot edit, move or resize [164]
    Add, Edit, View Shapes Yes. Full options as available in desktop (via Online) No. They appear as placeholders that you cannot edit, move or resize [165]
    Add, Edit, View SmartArt and WordArt (aka Fontwork) Yes. (via Online) No. They appear as placeholders that you cannot edit, move or resize [166]
    Watermarks Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [167]
    Bookmarks Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [168]
    Fields Yes. (With options under sub-categories of Documents, Cross-references, Functions, DocInformation and variables (via Online) Chromebook App has a few less options No [169]
    Edit Cross References Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No. It is not possible to edit the destination [170]
    Index Yes. options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online) No [171]
    Table: "Optimal Column Widths" and "Optimal Row Height" Yes. (via Online) No [172]
    Full control of anchoring with visible anchor points for images etc. Yes. WYSIWYG precision visible anchoring (via Online) No
    Text Box Yes. With full desktop options including, size, anchors, protection, borders, rotation, corners, shading, etc. (via Online) Partial. Basic [173]
    Citations and bibliography Yes. (via Online) No [174]
    Rich Fields Support - tab through editable fields; skip protected sections Yes. DOC and DOCX forms No
    PDF export extended options Yes. PDF fillable forms created using content controls. (from Collabora Online 22.05), (the developer’s blog post). (via Online) No
    Table of contents Yes. Options available are the same or similar as in the LibreOffice desktop applications (via Online and Chromebook App) Partial. Basic options. [175]
    Page Sizes Yes. Letter, Legal, A3, A4, A5, A6, B4 (ISO), B5 (ISO), B6 (ISO), Long Bond, Tabloid, B4 (JIS), B5 (JIS), B6 (JIS), 16 Kai, 32 Kai, Big 32 Kai, User, DL Envelope, C6 Envelope, C6/5 Envelope, C5 Envelope, C4 Envelope, #6 3/4 Envelope, #7 3/4 (Monarch) Envelope, #9 Envelope, #10 Envelope, #11 Envelope, #12 Envelope, Japanese Postcard. (via Online and Chromebook App) Partial. Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, and custom size layouts [176]
    Wrap text around images Yes. Full options for wrapping text around images including: before, after, parallel, contour wrapping, in front and behind, precision visible anchoring (via Online) Partial. No effective wrapping, the text does not wrap around images.
    Word count and character count Yes. Accurate count of words and characters. (via Online and Chromebook App) Partial. A rough count of words. [177]
    Keyboard shortcuts Yes. Advanced: all users can use their own language’s keyboard shortcuts when editing a file collaboratively. Holding the ‘Alt’ key highlight shortcuts, tab sequence then works, options for learnability and improved accessability. (from Collabora Online release 23.05). (via Online) Partial. Less shortcuts, with no mention of whether the users own language is used for keyboard shortcuts when editing a file collaboratively. ([178])
    Screen Reader Yes. Using NVDA. [179] (via Online) Partial. Requires adjunct browser based screen reader.
    Co-authoring between online and native app No. For more information the see the row "Synchronous collaborative editing" Yes. MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows introduced real-time co-authoring with Word for the web
    Table Autoformat Styles to choose from No (#4356) Yes
    Add-ins No Yes
    Dictate No Yes
    Emoji No Yes
    Share as Embedded HTML No Yes
    Reuse Files No Yes. Open another document in a preview enabling selection of paragraphs or images for insertion, or for adding a link to that document.
    Catchup No Yes. View changes your collaborators have made to a file since you last opened it.
    Insert Equations with Structures No. (#4049) Yes
    Insert Image options Partial. Select by folder and file only. (via Online and Chromebook App) Yes. Select by folder and file, also by previewing categorised images
    Margins Partial. Custom options. (via Online and Chromebook App) Yes. Custom options and 5 presets.
    Captions No No [180]
    Mail Merge No No [181]
    Cover Pages Yes. via Styles First Page Yes. Includes samples [182]
    Translate Yes. (from Collabora Online release 22.05.7.3), (tdf#34058), (#4285). (via Online) Yes. [183]
    Bullets, Numbering, Outline, Images, Alignment Yes. 79 bullets inc 71 resizable images, 8 numbering, 8 outline, comprehensive position alignment options. (via Online and Chromebook App) Yes. 17 bullets inc 13 images*, 15 numbering, 3 outline, minimal position alignment options. *not resizable, but has option to define new bullet points from the Symbol library
    Accessibility checker Yes. (via Online) Yes

    Online Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Online Calc vs. Microsoft Excel for the web

    Major Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Calc 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Calc

    Online: MS Excel for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Spreadsheet file format support equivalence to desktop Yes. Supports opening spreadsheet files in OpenDocument Format, and other formats from products such as Apple Numbers, Data Interchange Format, Gnumeric, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Excel (4/5/6/2003XML/97-2003/2007-2021/Pocket), Quattro Pro 6.0, SYLK, StarOffice StarCalc 3/4/5 and other applications. (LibreOffice supported file formats) (via Online and Chromebook App) No. It will edit xlsx, xlsb and ods (OpenDocument Format). It will open xls and csv but cannot save them back in the same format. It will not open or edit other formats that are supported in the desktop versions for Windows and Mac. (Excel supported file formats)
    CSV support, (Comma Separated Value(s), .csv) Yes. Opening a CSV shows an Import dialog (Define character set, language, define import starting row, specify separator options, edit string delimiter) and shows a Preview screen. It is possible to Download as CSV. (from any device, from CODE release 6.4.9). (via Online and Chromebook App) Partial. Opening a CSV converts it to .xlsx without an import dialog and without a preview. No option to download as CSV. (Excel CSV limitations)
    Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Calc 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Calc

    Online: MS Excel for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Save in Microsoft Excel 97 - Excel 2003 (.xls) format Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App). No
    Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) Yes. Full support (via Online) No
    Defining and managing Range Names Yes. (from CODE release 6.4.3). (via Online and Chromebook App). No
    Line Borders Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App). Partial. A subset of line borders used in the desktop application are supported

    Online Presentation software: LibreOffice Online Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint for the web

    Major Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Impress 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Impress

    Online: MS PowerPoint for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Presentation file format support equivalence to desktop Yes. Supports opening presentation files in OpenDocument Format, and other formats from products such as Apple Keynote, Microsoft Powerpoint97-2003/2007-2021, OpenOffice.org XML, Photo CD, StarOffice/StarImpress and others. (LibreOffice supported file formats) (via Online and Chromebook App) No. It will edit pptx, ppsx and odp (OpenDocument Format). It will open ppt and pps but cannot save them back in the same format. It will not open or edit other formats that are supported in the desktop versions for Windows and Mac. (PowerPoint supported file formats)
    Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Impress 23.05

    Chromebook App: Collabora Office Impress

    Online: MS PowerPoint for the web

    Chromebook App: Discontinued

    Save in Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - Powerpoint 2003 (.ppt) format Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App). No
    Online Video No (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) (via Online) Yes. With preview, supported video providers: YouTube, SlideShare, Vimeo, Stream, Flipgrid, TED

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