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 7.4.0 (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 22.05 ([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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The feature comparison table is continuously being updated and is work in progress.
It is a compilation by users and not an official document by the Document Foundation.
Please feel free to improve this page. Last update to this table was made at 18.08.2022


Desktop office: Notebooks, Desktop computers

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

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.4 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. 10.13+ (High Sierra). Intel and Apple Silicon. ([7]). Yes. The newest three versions (as of Feb 2022: 10.15+ (Catalina)). 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 390 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. Partly, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [9] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
Localization Yes. 119 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 150 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 ([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, 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 rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export. tdf#108497 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, FTP, 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. 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 [35]) turned off by default due to security issues, but could be manually enabled via Windows registry. 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. Yes. MS Publisher
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, 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. Experimental dark mode support for Windows 10/11 [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 [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 No Yes [48]
Support of math fonts No (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [49] Yes
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.4 MS Office 2021 / 365
Generation of QR codes and barcodes Yes. QR codes and one-dimensional barcodes. In Impress, Draw, Writer and Calc No
Support of graphics formats: WebP Yes No
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. ([50]) (not available on macOS). ([51])
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) 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 [52] 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. [53]
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 ([54])
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. [55] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings No Yes. [56] 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 7.4 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. 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 [57] 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 [58] No
Working with large documents Yes. Stable layout Partial. Some layout problems [59]
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) Partial. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, 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 [60]. (tdf#135310) Yes
Instant messaging while collaborating on document No Yes ([61])
Track changes only for own changes (while collaborative editing) No Yes. Option to track one's own changes without forcing others to track theirs ([62]). (not supported in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
Reading aloud; Text-to-speech (TTS) ability No. Extension Read Text. Yes ([63])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 7.4 MS Word 2021 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Yes No
Open erroneous .doc files Yes. Better recovery mode ([64],[65]) 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 [66] 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 ([67], [68](PDF) [69]) Partial ([70], [71])
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 Chapter Numbering dialog) Partial. Only via work-around [72]
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. 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 ([73]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([74])
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 [75] (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 No (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. Yes ([76])
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 [77]. (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 [78] No [79] [80]

Desktop Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Major Feature Differences LO Calc 7.4 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. 477 functions (23 functions unique to Excel)
Unique Spreadsheet functions Yes. CURRENT, DDE, MONTHS, OPT_BARRIER, OPT_PROB_HIT, OPT_PROB_INMONEY, OPT_TOUCH, STYLE, EASTERSUNDAY, YEARS, DAYSINMONTH, DAYSINYEAR, GOALSEEK, ISLEAPYEAR, MULTIPLE.OPERATIONS, MULTIRANGE, MVALUE, NEG, ROT13, WEEKS, WEEKSINYEAR, FORECAST.ETS.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.PI.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.STAT.MULT, RAWSUBTRACT, REGEX, ROUNDSIG, FOURIER, RAND.NV, RANDBETWEEN.NV. Extension: Kanji to Phonetic provides PHONETIC function. Yes. CUBEKPIMEMBER, CUBEMEMBER, CUBEMEMBERPROPERTY, CUBERANKEDMEMBER, CUBESET, CUBESETCOUNT, CUBEVALUE, RTD, DBCS, CALL, REGISTER.ID, PHONETIC, YEN, FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE, RANDARRAY (tdf#126573), LET, XLOOKUP (tdf#127293), XMATCH (tdf#128425). STOCKHISTORY (Not available in MS Office 2021 sales versions)
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 ([81])
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 [82]
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 ([83])
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Yes. Support for Numbers v1-3 [84], see also this comparison No
Maximum number of columns per sheet Yes. 16,384. Jumbo spreadsheets supported since LO 7.4, see: [85], 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) Yes
Record a macro Partial. Limited support [86] 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 ([87])
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" [88]. (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) [89],[90]
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 [91]. Multi-threaded import of XLSX documents. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([92],[93]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [94], 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. ([95], [96])

Declaration of variables to be used in formulas No Yes. LET function
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 ([97])
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 7.4 MS Excel 2021 / 365
Flexible CSV export Yes. Supported ([98], [99]) 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 [100]
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. 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 [101] Partial. Less default shortcuts ([102], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Yes. More default shortcuts ([103], [104], [105])
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 [106]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point No (only manually) Yes
Chart type: xyz / surface charts No, basic workaround [107] (tdf#51670) Yes
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) No (tdf#50934) Yes
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool No (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 [108], [109] (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. [110], [111]. 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 [112] 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 [113] (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 7.4 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: [114] [115] 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 No 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) [116]
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 [117]. Some features only available in rental vesion ([118]).
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. ([119]) (not available on macOS)
Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 7.4 MS PowerPoint 2021 / 365
Number of slide layouts Yes. 12 Partial. 9
Physics based animations Yes [120] 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 [121] 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. [122]
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 ([123]). Yes. Powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts Partial. Less default shortcuts ([124]) Yes. More default shortcuts ([125], [126])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations No Yes [127] 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 [128]
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#38263) Yes
Option to save as picture presentation No (tdf#93589) Yes
Using Surface Earbuds to control presentation No Yes[129]
Autogeneration of alt text for photos No Yes [130] (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 7.4 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.[131] No. 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. ([132]) (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. ([133]) (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. 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 7.4 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 390 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) [134]. 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: [135]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [136], [137].

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: [138], [139].

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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Chromebooks are in this Online office suite section for several reasons:
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 22.05

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) [140]. 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. [141], [142], [143], [144], [145], [146]. See also: LibreOffice Online port development. Partial. Office web apps, with reduced functionality when compared to the Word desktop version and Collabora Online. ([147])
Applications Yes. Writer, Calc, Impress, (Draw publishing capabilities are built in to Writer). Yes. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook
Integration of online office suite into (third-party) collaboration software and groupware / content management systems Yes. Integration of LibreOffice Online in: OwnCloud and [148], Kolab,Pydio, Seafile,IceWarp, AG-I Solutions, Alinto, VNCLagoon, EGroupware, Univention App Center, Kopano Documents, Collabora Online, Corteza Community Server, Alfresco [149], Roove, Zimbra ([150]), Mastermost, Moodle, IServ Schulserver. MS SharePoint integration [151]. 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. No support of collaborative editing in mobile and desktop versions. Yes. Supported in online versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Collaborative editing between online and desktop versions
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
Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online 22.05

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 22.05

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 [152]
Open and edit Password Protected Files 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[153]
Edit Password to Modify Documents Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [154]
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[155]
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. [156]
Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Writer 22.05

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 [157]
Save in Microsoft Word 97 - Word 2003 format (.doc) Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No [158]
Save in EPUB e-book format (.epub) Yes. (via Online and Chromebook App) No
Run Microsoft Visual Basic Macros, (docm, dotm) Yes. Support a large portion of Microsoft Visual Basic Macros (via Online and Chromebook App) No [159]
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) No [160]
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) No. They appear as placeholders that you cannot edit, move or resize [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
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]
Table: "Distribute Columns Evenly" and "Distribute Rows Evenly" No (#3329) Yes. Called "Distribute Columns" and "Distribute Rows"
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
Cover Pages No Yes. [178]
Add-ins No Yes
Dictate No Yes
Emoji No Yes
Online Video No Yes. With preview, supported video providers: YouTube, SlideShare, Vimeo, Stream, Flipgrid, TED
Share as Embedded HTML No Yes
Translate No. (tdf#34058, #4285) Yes [179]
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]
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 22.05

Chromebook App: Collabora Office Calc

Online: MS Excel for the web

Chromebook App: Discontinued

XY Partial Partial.
Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Calc 22.05

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
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 22.05

Chromebook App: Collabora Office Impress

Online: MS PowerPoint for the web

Chromebook App: Discontinued

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Minor Feature Differences Online: LibreOffice-based Collabora Online Impress 22.05

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
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See also