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This page compares the features of LibreOffice 7.0.2 (download) and Microsoft Office 2019 / 365. It separates 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.


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 19.08.2020

General office suite: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.0 MS Office 2019 / 365
Cross-platform availability (desktop) Sim. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Haiku. (based on the same code base). ChromeOS via Collabora Office Template:Partial/pt. 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 2019" 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 Sim. Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2008, Server 2012, Server 2016. ([1]). Versions until LibreOffice 5.4 still also support Windows XP SP3, Vista. Sim. MS Office 2019 sales version: Windows 10; Server 2019. MS Office 365 rental version: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2016 ([2]).
Supported versions of macOS Sim. 10.10+ (Yosemite). ([3]). Sim. The newest three versions. ([4])
Portable version that runs on USB flash disks (without installation) Sim (download) Template:No/pt
Open Source Sim, licensed under MPLv2 and others. Template:No/pt, proprietary and closed-source
Full integration of all office components Sim. 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. Template:No/pt
Availability free of charge Sim (download, donate) Template:No/pt, 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 Sim. Complex ecosystem of extensions (over 390 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org), including automatic updates. Template:Partial/pt. Partly, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [5] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
Localization Sim. 119 languages (detailed list of languages supported by LibreOffice) Template:Partial/pt. 91 languages in Windows version, 27 languages in macOS version (display language for (some) office applications)[6], [7], [8]
Support of Right-to-left⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) languages (e.g. Arabic) and other complex scripts Sim. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzz⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library Sim. Supported on Windows, mobile and online versions and macOS.
Additional writing aids Sim. Extended support (spell-check dictionaries, hyphenation patterns, thesaurus and grammar check, specialized dictionaries as extensions ([9], [10]). Detailed list of LibreOffice writing aids for over 150 languages. Template:Partial/pt. More limited, "proofing tools" for 92 languages in Windows version, 58 in macOS version [11], [12],[13]
Language technology Sim. 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

Template:Partial/pt. 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) Template:Partial/pt. Full support of SIL Graphite font technology ([14],[15]) and full support of OpenType optional features ([16],[17],[18]) 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) Template:Partial/pt. Limited via OpenType supporting ligatures, stylistic sets, number spacing options, number forms, and contextual alternates. [19] Support for optional OpenType features in OOXML.
Support of font variation Template:Partial/pt. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export. tdf#108497 Template:Partial/pt. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export.
Easy access to vector clip art Sim via LO Gallery (clipart extensions ([20] or [21])). Extension for the integration of clipart from OpenClipart.org. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Template:Partial/pt. Selection of clip art is asking for search with Bing in Online Pictures. Extended selection of "icons". Access to stock photos (Not available in MS Office 2019 sales versions)
Macro scripting languages Sim. Multiple languages, support for wide variety of languages (LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell, and Python). Import and export of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), see ([22] and the release notes). Template:Partial/pt. 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 Sim. Support for Alfresco, Google GDrive, Nuxeo, MS SharePoint, MS OneDrive, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace, and OpenText ELS. (tdf#62437) Template:Partial/pt. Inbuilt support only for MS SharePoint and MS OneDrive
Support of ISO standards OpenDocument Format (ODF)⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Sim. Advanced support, ODF v1.3 extended Template:Partial/pt. Limited support in MS Windows version, and online version, ODF v1.2. Support of ODF in macOS version and mobile versions (Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile) are limited and require the use of an online file format conversion service. [23] [24] [25]
PDF export extended options Sim. 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-2 standard. Support for PDF/UA (universal accessibility) standard (experimental in 7.0). Template:Partial/pt. High or low quality PDF, page and markup to print in Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint [26]; pictures resolution and non-printing informations in Publisher. No support for font embedding of OpenType CFF fonts in PDF export [27].
Document classification Sim. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [28] and [29]. Template:Partial/pt. No inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) Sim Sim, .svg files supported
Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) Sim (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) Template:No/pt. Support for .eps images entirely removed in Office 2019 and rental version ([30]. In Office 2016 sales version, it was [31]) 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 ([32]).
Insert PDF as an image into documents Sim ([33]) Template:No/pt
Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) Sim Template:No/pt
Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Sim Template:No/pt
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 Sim Template:No/pt
Import of MS Visio files Sim. Supported (Visio 2000-2013) Template:No/pt (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) Sim Template:No/pt
Drawing and vector graphics software Sim. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. Template:Partial/pt. MS Powerpoint provides some features of a drawing software.
PIM and email software Template:No/pt. 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.

Sim. MS Outlook
Desktop publishing (DTP) software Template:Partial/pt. 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. Sim. MS Publisher
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set Template:Partial/pt. 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). Sim. 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 Template:Partial/pt. 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. [34] Sim. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
PDF Import Template:Partial/pt, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). Sim, into MS Word
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) Template:Partial/pt. LibreOffice for iOS/iPadOS and Android available (LibreOffice not in app stores, but available as Collabora Office); viewer for Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts.

Android: Collabora Office on Google Play available, release announcement (2019-12-10). LibreOffice Viewer for Android available, with basic and experimental editing features. Information on new LibreOffice Android app: [35]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [36], [37].

iOS/iPadOS: LibreOffice 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: [38], [39].

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

Sim. Android, iOS and Windows Mobile. Mobile versions for smartphones and tablets with Android and iOS with restricted features set, for 'Windows 10 Mobile' smartphones with heavily restricted feature set. Office for Windows 10 Mobile is end of line and does not receive any further security updates.

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.

Online/cloud version of office suite Sim. Libreoffice Online 7.0.2 / Collabora Online 4.2.x 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. [40], [41], [42], [43], [44], [45]. See also: LibreOffice Online port development. Sim. Office web apps, with advanced features, but reduced functionality compared to the desktop version. ([46])
Integration of online office suite into (third-party) collaboration software and groupware / content management systems Sim. Integration of LibreOffice Online in: OwnCloud and Nextcloud, Kolab,Pydio, Seafile,IceWarp, AG-I Solutions, Alinto, VNCLagoon, EGroupware, Univention App Center, Kopano Documents, LibreOffice Online powered by CIB, Collabora Online, Corteza Community Server, Alfresco [47], Roove, Zimbra ([48]), Mastermost, Moodle, IServ Schulserver. MS SharePoint integration [49]. See also this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Template:Partial/pt. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts Template:Partial/pt. 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 this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Template:Partial/pt MS OneDrive
Synchronous collaborative editing Template:Partial/pt. Collaborative editing in LibreOffice online version (Writer, Calc and Impress). Not available in the desktop applications (tdf#133984), see development information: Collaborative Editing and Track changes. Sim. Supported in online versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Support in desktop applications via OneDrive or MS Sharepoint. Support in desktop applications varies: Real-time "co-authoring" in MS Word, Powerpoint, and MS Excel (only via AutoSave) (not supported in MS Powerpoint and MS Excel in MS Office 2019 sales version; MS Powerpoint 2019 sales version only allows for co-authoring (syncing after saving file). 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 (Not available in MS Office 2019 sales versions on macOS and Windows. Real-time collaboration for MS Word supported in MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows).
User Interface approach Sim. Highly customizable UI concept "MUFFIN" [50],[51]: 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). Template:Partial/pt. Ribbon UI; Colour themes (on MS Windows: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White. On macOS: Colorful, Classic; Dark mode (not supported in Office 2019 sales version on macOS))
User interface improved to enable use on touch screen devices on desktop operating systems. Template:No/pt (tdf#102015) Template:Partial/pt. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite). Template:No/pt. Only via help system. On Ubuntu Unity support for Head-Up-Display (HUD) system. (tdf#91874) Sim. Tell Me search bar.
Accessibility checker Template:No/pt. Accessibility checker and support for PDF/UA (as experimental feature in 7.0) ReleaseNotes/7.0#Accessibility_improvements [52]. Extension for text documents: AccessODF. Sim [53], [54]
Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) Template:No/pt. Sim. 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). [55].
Integration of instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. Template:No/pt. Sim. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
Dictation / speech recognition Template:No/pt Sim in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook. Voice audio is sent to Microsoft cloud servers and returned as text. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales versions)
Inserting and editing 3D models Template:No/pt (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) Sim 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 Template:No/pt Sim [56]
Support of math fonts Template:No/pt (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [57] Sim
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.0 MS Office 2019 / 365
Generation of QR codes Sim. In Impress, Draw, Writer and Calc Template:No/pt
Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM Sim Template:No/pt
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 Sim Template:No/pt
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. Sim Template:No/pt
Drawing features: Arrow endings Sim. Substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation Template:No/pt. Less supported arrow endings
Document converter wizard Sim Template:No/pt
Euro currency converter wizard Sim Template:No/pt
Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI Sim Template:No/pt
Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) Sim (note: tdf#92354) Template:No/pt
Import MathML formula from clipboard Sim Template:No/pt
Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw Template:Partial/pt. Basic support Template:No/pt
Digital signatures / Signature Line Sim. Multiple signatures, including OOXML signatures. 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. Additional support of ECDSA keys (on Linux and macOS). Additional (experimental) support for OpenPGP-based document encryption. Sim (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon Sim. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) Sim
Enhanced list of recent files and folders Template:Partial/pt (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter) Sim (option to set recent files as permanent)
Custom colours in formula editor Sim. Set of 16 colours and RGB personalized colors (tdf#40436) Sim
Third-party software dependencies Template:Partial/pt. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. (tdf#34809) Sim. Not required
Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters Template:No/pt (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X Template:Partial/pt. Limited support
Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources Template:No/pt (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) Template:Partial/pt [58] Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Collaboration with @mentions in comments Template:No/pt Sim, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. Supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.[59]
Quick access to email attachments Template:No/pt Sim, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
Streaming of office applications/office on demand Template:No/pt (possible via third party services) Sim ([60])
Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) Template:No/pt (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) Sim. 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 (Not supported in macOS version)
Recognition of shapes from ink drawings Template:No/pt Sim. [61] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings Template:No/pt Sim. [62] Conversion of ink to shapes in MS Powerpoint and MS Word (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version)
Automatic background removal of a picture Template:No/pt (tdf#103424) Sim. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
Live preview while formatting Template:No/pt (tdf#37048) Sim
Inserting a screenshot from within applications Template:No/pt Sim
Import of graphics formats: MEZ, EMZ, WMZ, PCZ Template:No/pt (tdf#103954) Sim
Export to XPS format⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Template:No/pt Sim
Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro Template:No/pt (tdf#105803) Sim (macOS only)

Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Major Feature Differences LO Writer 7.0 MS Word 2019 / 365
Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes Sim. Stable layout Template:No/pt. Layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) Sim Template:No/pt
Overlining of text Sim Template:No/pt. No, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts Sim. Master documents and Master document templates supported Template:No/pt. Supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information Sim. Supported. Redaction & Automatic redaction tool Template:No/pt
Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) Sim Template:No/pt
Business card wizard Sim (release notes) Template:No/pt
Text auto completion of words already used before Sim [63] Template:No/pt
XForms documents creation Sim Template:No/pt
Mathematical calculations in tables Sim. Complex calculations Template:No/pt. Only basic arithmetic
DocBook import & export Sim Template:No/pt
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format Sim Template:No/pt
Export to XHTML Sim Template:No/pt
Export to EPUB⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) Sim Template:No/pt
Export document as image(s) Sim. Supported, image formats: .jpg, .png Template:No/pt
Import of Apple Pages documents Sim. Support for Pages v1-5 [64] Template:No/pt
Working with large documents Sim. Stable layout Template:Partial/pt. Some layout problems [65]
Extended label creation features (release notes) Sim (generic database access, synchronise content) Template:Partial/pt
Frames Sim. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics Template:Partial/pt. Concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) Sim Sim. Supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
Table styles Template:Partial/pt (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). Sim
PDF export of comments Template:Partial/pt. 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)) Template:Partial/pt. Export only as comments inside margin
Grammar check Template:Partial/pt. out of the box only 4 languages (English, Russian, Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese)

extensions: e.g. Languagetool for 30 languages plus 12 language variants (level of language support varies; 9 languages with more than 1000 rules), Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese

Sim. 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) Template:Partial/pt. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, tdf#90497) Sim. Supported ("document themes")
Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas Template:No/pt. Extension: TexMaths Sim. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page Template:No/pt (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table Sim
Picture styles & additional effects Template:No/pt (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. Glow effect and soft edges supported Sim
View changes in the right margin in "track changes" mode Template:No/pt (tdf#34355) Sim
Diagonal borders in tables Template:No/pt (tdf#51665) Sim
Extended reading mode of documents Template:No/pt (tdf#55168) Sim
Collapse and expand parts of a document Scheduled for 7.1 /pt (tdf#47746) Sim
Instant messaging while collaborating on document Template:No/pt Sim ([66])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 7.0 MS Word 2019 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Sim Template:No/pt
Open erroneous .doc files Sim. Better recovery mode ([67],[68]) Template:No/pt. More frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates Sim Template:No/pt
Import & Export Unified Office Format text Sim Template:No/pt
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents Sim. Supported (requires Java) Template:No/pt
Import of AbiWord files Sim Template:No/pt
Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) Sim Template:No/pt
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 Sim Template:No/pt
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 Sim Template:No/pt
Logo toolbar and interpreter Sim. [69] Template:No/pt
Format text of all comments in document Sim Template:No/pt
Markdown feature to automatic format *bold*, /italic/, -strikeout- and _underline_ Yes. (How to switch on the feature). See also tdf#133023 No
Conditional text Sim ([70], [71](PDF) [72]) Template:Partial/pt ([73], [74])
Automatic replacement of Emojis Sim. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Template:Partial/pt. Manual creation of replacement lists
Number of columns per table in document Sim. Unlimited columns Template:Partial/pt. Limited to 63 columns
Multi-line headings for chapters Sim. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Chapter Numbering dialog) Template:Partial/pt. Only via work-around [75]
Maximum page size Sim. 300cm x 300cm Template:Partial/pt. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features Template:Partial/pt. Basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, Bibus, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. Sim. Inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
Advanced find & replace / Special characters Template:Partial/pt (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer Sim
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list Template:Partial/pt. Different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) Sim
Default keyboard shortcuts Template:Partial/pt. Less default shortcuts ([76]) Sim. More default shortcuts ([77])
Add watermarks to pages Template:Partial/pt. Support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. Sim (text and picture watermarks)
Outline view Template:Partial/pt (tdf#38262), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings. Improvements to Navigator in 7.0 and further improvements in 7.1. Sim
Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) Template:No/pt. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) Sim
Document/text translation Template:No/pt (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. Sim ([78])
Decorative page borders Template:No/pt (tdf#39270) Sim
Horizontal split view of the same document Template:No/pt (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. Sim
Draft view Template:No/pt (tdf#67698) Sim
Upload to blog servers Template:No/pt, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher. Sim (Sharepoint Blog, Wordpress, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, TypePad, MetaWebLog API)
Digital pen usage / ink gestures Template:No/pt Sim [79]. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Transform document into a Sway web page Template:No/pt Sim. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Line by line reading of text Template:No/pt Sim. Line Focus (removes removes distractions) feature in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)

Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Major Feature Differences LO Calc 7.0 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Spreadsheet functions (for details see Functions comparison of LibreOffice Calc and Excel) Sim. 508 functions (29 functions unique to Calc) Sim. 476 functions (22 functions unique to Excel)
Comparison of two spreadsheet files Sim Template:No/pt
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) Sim Template:No/pt
Hyphenation of text in cells Sim Template:No/pt
AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type Sim Template:No/pt ([80])
Export to XHTML Sim Template:No/pt
Full-Sheet Previews: Possibility to export all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF Sim Template:No/pt
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) Sim Template:No/pt
OpenFormula standard Sim. Largely supported Template:Partial/pt
Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) Sim. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) Template:Partial/pt in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version.
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Sim. Support for Numbers v1-3 [81], see also this comparison Template:No/pt
Maximum number of columns per sheet Template:Partial/pt. 1,024 (tdf#50916) Sim. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
Table styles Template:Partial/pt. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762,tdf#44763) Sim
Record a macro Template:Partial/pt. Limited support [82] Sim
Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer Template:Partial/pt. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) Sim
Statistical / Analysis toolkit Template:Partial/pt. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression Template:Partial/pt. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
Chart styles Template:No/pt (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) Template:Partial/pt. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Power Pivot⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg features Template:No/pt (tdf#96623 regarding DAX functions) Sim
Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel Template:No/pt (tdf#74665, tdf#81530,tdf#70361,tdf#72992, tdf#97832) Sim.
Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table Template:No/pt (work around: using function VLOOKUP) Sim ([83])
Integration of external data sources Template:No/pt. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. Sim. Queries and data sources via "Power Query" and "Power BI" [84]. (SQL.REQUEST removed in favor of Power Query since MS Excel 2010)
Linked data types Template:No/pt. Sim. 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 2019 sales versions) [85],[86]
Forecasting data to predict future trends Sim. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) Sim. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
Import MS Access databases Template:Partial/pt. Via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) Sim
Multi-Core Processing / multithreading Template:Partial/pt. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([87],[88]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [89], Presentation "Making Calc Calculate in Parallel". Sim. 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. ([90], [91])

Export generic XML Template:No/pt Sim
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 7.0 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Flexible CSV export Sim. Supported ([92], [93]) Template:No/pt
Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters Sim (List of Regular Expressions) Template:No/pt
View clone of spreadsheet in new window Sim. Independent window Template:No/pt. Cannot be moved outside the application window
Median in PivotTable Sim tdf#61700 Template:No/pt [94]
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs Sim Template:No/pt
Use English function names Sim. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English Template:No/pt
Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet Sim Template:No/pt
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) Sim Template:No/pt
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) Sim Template:No/pt
Import & Export Pocket Excel Sim. Supported (requires Java) Template:No/pt
Ability to rotate entire chart Sim Template:No/pt
PDF export of comments Sim. Export of comments according to PDF specification Template:No/pt
Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) Sim Template:No/pt (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
Import from Gnumeric Sim (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) Template:No/pt
Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image Sim Template:No/pt
Export sheet/table as .png image Sim Template:No/pt
Formatting of cells Sim. 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. Template:Partial/pt. Less features
Additional cell format types Sim. 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. Template:Partial/pt Engineering notation via custom formats.
Support negative year date (BCE) Sim. Template:Partial/pt Using work-arounds.
Conditional formatting: icon sets Template:Partial/pt. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). Template:Partial/pt. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format Template:Partial/pt (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) Sim
Formulae with entire columns or entire rows Template:Partial/pt (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Sim
Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [95] Template:Partial/pt. Less default shortcuts ([96], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Sim. More default shortcuts ([97], [98], [99])
Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) Template:Partial/pt. Supported for select protected/unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. Sim 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 Template:No/pt Sim [100]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point Template:No/pt (only manually) Sim
Chart type: xyz / surface charts Template:No/pt, basic workaround [101] (tdf#51670) Sim
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) Template:No/pt (tdf#50934) Sim
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool Template:No/pt (via extension GeOOo) Sim. Map charts and "3D Maps".
Different chart types for different data series Template:No/pt (tdf#35629) Sim
Printing of selected chart only Template:No/pt, workarounds [102], [103] (tdf#45893) Sim
Automatized analysis and visualization features Template:No/pt Sim Quick analysis feature and visual summaries, trends, and patterns. [104], [105]. Some of these features ("Ideas in Excel") supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; quick analysis feature not supported on macOS.
Flash fill Template:No/pt (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. Sim
Chart recommendations Template:No/pt Sim
'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings Template:No/pt Sim
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) Template:No/pt, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline Sim
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines Template:No/pt (tdf#36943) Sim
Cell background options Template:Partial/pt. Background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells Sim. Background color, pattern, gradient
Copy only visible cells Template:No/pt (tdf#36466), extension: Copy only visible cells Sim
Insert data from screenshot or picture Template:No/pt SimOCR and recognize tables from screenshots or pictures [106] (Not available in MS Office 2019 sales versions and only available on macOS)

Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Major Feature Differences LO Impress 7.0 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Hyphenation support Sim Template:No/pt
Export to XHTML Sim Template:No/pt
Export to HTML Sim Template:No/pt (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS Sim Template:Partial/pt, to SVG (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets Sim. For Android smartphones/tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. Template:Partial/pt. For WindowsPhone 8 and Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
3D slide transitions Sim. ​macOS, Linux, Windows Template:Partial/pt. ​macOS, Windows
Edit embedded videos Template:Partial/pt. Via external programs Sim. Directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments Template:Partial/pt Sim
Animated effects Template:Partial/pt. Supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/shake/vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) Sim
Trim embedded video or audio Template:No/pt Sim. Supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) Template:No/pt (tdf#38263) Sim. Supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [107]
Slides editable during presentation Template:No/pt (tdf#34965) Sim
SmartArt diagrams Template:No/pt (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension Sim
Save highlights and drawings during presentation Template:No/pt (tdf#51928) Sim
Compare presentations Template:No/pt Sim
Broadcast presentation on the Internet Template:No/pt. Only via export to PDF or SWF Sim. Additional support to publish to Microsoft Stream video-sharing site (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Animated diagrams Template:No/pt Sim
Record a slide show Template:No/pt (tdf#34959) Sim
Slide design suggestions Template:No/pt Sim via Powerpoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version in Windows and macOS)
Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen Template:No/pt Sim. Supported with Bluetooth pen or Surface pen. Using digital pen as a slide-show clicker (Not supported in macOS version)
Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 7.0 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Number of slide layouts Sim. 12 Template:Partial/pt. 9
Text background colour in text boxes Sim Template:No/pt
PDF export of comments Sim. Export of comments according to PDF specification Template:No/pt
Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation Sim Template:No/pt
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM Sim Template:No/pt
Import of Apple Keynote files Sim. Support for Keynote v1-6 [108] Template:No/pt
Embedding of fonts in presentation file Sim Template:Partial/pt. Supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in PowerPoint on macOS, although displayed. No support for embedding OpenType CFF fonts. [109]
Maximum page size Sim. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) Template:Partial/pt. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides Template:Partial/pt. Limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([110]). Sim. Powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts Template:Partial/pt. Less default shortcuts ([111]) Sim. More default shortcuts ([112], [113])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations Template:No/pt Sim [114] Conversion of ink to shapes/diagrams in MS Powerpoint ; Ink equations (conversion of drawing to equation) in Powerpoint. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version).
Automatically suggesting presentation outline from online sources by entering subject Template:No/pt Sim. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
"Morph" transition type Template:No/pt Sim [115]
Creation of automatically starting presentations Template:No/pt, extension: ImpressRunner Sim
Export presentation to video formats Template:No/pt (tdf#34959) Sim. Supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
Slide zoom and pan Template:No/pt (tdf#38263) Sim
Option to save as picture presentation Template:No/pt (tdf#93589) Sim
Using Surface Earbuds to control presentation Template:No/pt Sim[116]

Database program: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

Major Feature Differences LO Base 7.0 MS Access 2019 / 365
Available on all operating systems supported by the office suite Sim Template:No/pt. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
SQL syntax highlighting Sim Template:No/pt
Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise Sim. Plus MySQL as extension.[117] Template:No/pt. No, via ODBC
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book Sim Template:No/pt
Native JDBC driver Sim Template:No/pt
Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format Sim Template:No/pt
Database engine Sim. 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 Template:Partial/pt. Jet
Integration of MS Outlook address book Template:Partial/pt. 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. Sim
Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application Template:Partial/pt. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([118]) (tdf#51872) Sim
Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: Template:Partial/pt. Only via drag&drop to LibreOffice Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the writable data source being open. ([119]) (tdf#73798) Sim
Edit MS Access files Template:Partial/pt. 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. Sim
Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server Template:No/pt. No, via ODBC Sim
Crosstab queries Template:No/pt. Not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) Sim
"Linked tables" capability Template:No/pt. Not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) Sim
Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format Template:No/pt Sim
Import data from XML, HTML Template:No/pt Sim
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 7.0 MS Access 2019 / 365
Native connector for: dBase databases Sim Template:No/pt. Not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files Sim Template:No/pt
Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database Sim Template:No/pt
Native connector for: SharePoint lists Template:No/pt Sim
Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 Template:No/pt Sim
Web service data connection Template:No/pt Sim
Password protection of database Template:No/pt (tdf#70638) Sim
Calculations in database tables Template:No/pt (tdf#72787) Sim

Most important LibreOffice extensions

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.
  • AccessODF, helps authors evaluate and repair accessibility issues in OpenDocument Text and other word processing formats supported by 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.

See also