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This page compares the features of LibreOffice 7.1.2 (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 2.04.2021

General office suite: LibreOffice vs. Microsoft Office

Major Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.1 MS Office 2019 / 365
Cross-platform availability (desktop) Evet. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Haiku. (based on the same code base). ChromeOS via Collabora Office Kısmi. 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 Evet. 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. Evet. 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 Evet. 10.10+ (Yosemite). ([3]). Evet. The newest three versions. ([4])
Portable version that runs on USB flash disks (without installation) Evet (download) Hayır
Open Source Evet, licensed under MPLv2 and others. Hayır, proprietary and closed-source
Full integration of all office components Evet. 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. Hayır
Availability free of charge Evet (download, donate) Hayır, 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 Evet. 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") Kısmi. Partly, no centralized extension system for add-ons and macros. Microsoft AppSource for Office 365. [5] Office Apps not supported on macOS.
Localization Evet. 119 languages (detailed list of languages supported by LibreOffice) Kısmi. 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 Evet. Comprehensive support, based on HarfBuzz⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg text shaping library Evet. Supported on Windows, mobile and online versions and macOS.
Additional writing aids Evet. 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. Kısmi. More limited, "proofing tools" for 92 languages in Windows version, 58 in macOS version [11], [12],[13]
Language technology Evet. 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

Kısmi. 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) Kısmi. 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) Kısmi. 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 Kısmi. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export. tdf#108497 Kısmi. Limited support for font rendering on screen, no support for printing and PDF export.
Easy access to vector clip art Evet 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) Kısmi. 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 Evet. 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). Kısmi. 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 Evet. Support for Alfresco, Google GDrive, Nuxeo, MS SharePoint, MS OneDrive, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace, and OpenText ELS. (tdf#62437) Kısmi. Inbuilt support only for MS SharePoint and MS OneDrive
Support of ISO standards OpenDocument Format (ODF)⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Evet. Advanced support, ODF v1.3 extended Kısmi. 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 Evet. 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). Kısmi. 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 Evet. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [28] and [29]. Kısmi. No inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) Evet Evet, .svg files supported
Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) Evet (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) Hayır. 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 Evet ([33]) Hayır
Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) Evet Hayır
Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Evet Hayır
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 Evet Hayır
Import of MS Visio files Evet. Supported (Visio 2000-2013) Hayır (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) Evet Hayır
Drawing and vector graphics software Evet. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. Kısmi. MS Powerpoint provides some features of a drawing software.
PIM and email software Hayır. 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.

Evet. MS Outlook
Desktop publishing (DTP) software Kısmi. 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. Evet. MS Publisher
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set Kısmi. 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). Evet. 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 Kısmi. 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] Evet. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
PDF Import Kısmi, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). Evet, into MS Word
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) Kısmi. 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.

Evet. 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 Evet. Libreoffice Online 7.1.2 / 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. Evet. 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 Evet. 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. Kısmi. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts Kısmi. 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. Kısmi MS OneDrive
Synchronous collaborative editing Kısmi. 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. Evet. 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 Evet. 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). Kısmi. 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. Hayır (tdf#102015) Kısmi. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite). Hayır. Only via help system. On Ubuntu Unity support for Head-Up-Display (HUD) system. (tdf#91874) Evet. Tell Me search bar.
Accessibility checker Hayır. Accessibility checker and support for PDF/UA (as experimental feature in 7.0) ReleaseNotes/7.0#Accessibility_improvements [52]. Extension for text documents: AccessODF. Evet [53], [54]
Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) Hayır. Evet. 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. Hayır. Evet. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
Dictation / speech recognition Hayır Evet 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 Hayır (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) Evet 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 Hayır Evet [56]
Support of math fonts Hayır (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [57] Evet
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 7.1 MS Office 2019 / 365
Generation of QR codes Evet. In Impress, Draw, Writer and Calc Hayır
Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM Evet Hayır
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 Evet Hayır
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. Evet Hayır
Drawing features: Arrow endings Evet. Substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation Hayır. Less supported arrow endings
Document converter wizard Evet Hayır
Euro currency converter wizard Evet Hayır
Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI Evet Hayır
Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) Evet (note: tdf#92354) Hayır
Import MathML formula from clipboard Evet Hayır
Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw Kısmi. Basic support Hayır
Digital signatures / Signature Line Evet. 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. Additional support of ECDSA keys (on Linux and macOS). Additional (experimental) support for OpenPGP-based document encryption. Evet (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon Evet. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) Evet
Enhanced list of recent files and folders Kısmi (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter) Evet (option to set recent files as permanent)
Custom colors in formula editor Evet. Full support of HTML colors in Math (RGB colors, UI in element pane) (tdf#40436) Evet
Third-party software dependencies Kısmi. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. (tdf#34809) Evet. Not required
Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters Hayır (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X Kısmi. Limited support
Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources Hayır (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) Kısmi [58] Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Collaboration with @mentions in comments Hayır Evet, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. Supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.[59]
Quick access to email attachments Hayır Evet, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
Streaming of office applications/office on demand Hayır (possible via third party services) Evet ([60])
Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) Hayır (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) Evet. 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 Hayır Evet. [61] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings Hayır Evet. [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 Hayır (tdf#103424) Evet. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
Live preview while formatting Hayır (tdf#37048) Evet
Inserting a screenshot from within applications Hayır Evet
Import of graphics formats: MEZ, EMZ, WMZ, PCZ Hayır (tdf#103954) Evet
Export to XPS format⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Hayır Evet
Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro Hayır (tdf#105803) Evet (macOS only)

Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Major Feature Differences LO Writer 7.1 MS Word 2019 / 365
Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes Evet. Stable layout Hayır. Layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) Evet Hayır
Overlining of text Evet Hayır. No, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts Evet. Master documents and Master document templates supported Hayır. Supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information Evet. Supported. Redaction & Automatic redaction tool Hayır
Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) Evet Hayır
Business card wizard Evet (release notes) Hayır
Text auto completion of words already used before Evet [63] Hayır
XForms documents creation Evet Hayır
Mathematical calculations in tables Evet. Complex calculations Hayır. Only basic arithmetic
DocBook import & export Evet Hayır
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format Evet Hayır
Export to XHTML Evet Hayır
Export to EPUB⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) Evet Hayır
Export document as image(s) Evet. Supported, image formats: .jpg, .png Hayır
Import of Apple Pages documents Evet. Support for Pages v1-5 [64] Hayır
Working with large documents Evet. Stable layout Kısmi. Some layout problems [65]
Extended label creation features (release notes) Evet (generic database access, synchronise content) Kısmi
Frames Evet. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics Kısmi. Concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) Evet Evet. Supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
Table styles Kısmi (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). Evet
PDF export of comments Kısmi. 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)) Kısmi. Export only as comments inside margin
Grammar check Kısmi. 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; 10 languages with more than 1000 rules), Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese

Evet. 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) Kısmi. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, tdf#90497) Evet. Supported ("document themes")
Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas Hayır. Extension: TexMaths Evet. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page Hayır (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table Evet
Picture styles & additional effects Hayır (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. Glow effect and soft edges supported Evet
View changes in the right margin in "track changes" mode Hayır In development, see: tdf#34355 Evet
Diagonal borders in tables Hayır (tdf#51665) Evet
Extended reading mode of documents Hayır (tdf#55168) Evet
Collapse and expand parts of a document Available as experimental feature in 7.1. /tr (tdf#47746) Evet
Instant messaging while collaborating on document Hayır Evet ([66])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 7.1 MS Word 2019 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Evet Hayır
Open erroneous .doc files Evet. Better recovery mode ([67],[68]) Hayır. More frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates Evet Hayır
Import & Export Unified Office Format text Evet Hayır
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents Evet. Supported (requires Java) Hayır
Import of AbiWord files Evet Hayır
Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) Evet Hayır
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 Evet Hayır
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 Evet Hayır
Logo toolbar and interpreter Evet. [69] Hayır
Format text of all comments in document Evet Hayır
Markdown feature to automatic format *bold*, /italic/, -strikeout- and _underline_ Yes. (How to switch on the feature). See also tdf#133023 No
Conditional text Evet ([70], [71](PDF) [72]) Kısmi ([73], [74])
Automatic replacement of Emojis Evet. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Kısmi. Manual creation of replacement lists
Number of columns per table in document Evet. Unlimited columns Kısmi. Limited to 63 columns
Multi-line headings for chapters Evet. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Chapter Numbering dialog) Kısmi. Only via work-around [75]
Maximum page size Evet. 300cm x 300cm Kısmi. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features Kısmi. Basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, Bibus, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. Evet. Inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
Advanced find & replace / Special characters Kısmi (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer Evet
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list Kısmi. Different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) Evet
Default keyboard shortcuts Kısmi. Less default shortcuts ([76]) Evet. More default shortcuts ([77])
Add watermarks to pages Kısmi. Support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. Evet (text and picture watermarks)
Outline view Kısmi Outline folding mode (as experimental feature) [78] (tdf#38262 tdf#38093), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings (see Improvements to Navigator in 7.0) Evet
Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) Hayır. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) Evet
Document/text translation Hayır (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. Evet ([79])
Decorative page borders Hayır (tdf#39270) Evet
Horizontal split view of the same document Hayır (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. Evet
Draft view Hayır (tdf#67698) Evet
Upload to blog servers Hayır, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher. Evet (Sharepoint Blog, Wordpress, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, TypePad, MetaWebLog API)
Digital pen usage / ink gestures Hayır Evet [80]. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Transform document into a Sway web page Hayır Evet. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Line by line reading of text Hayır Evet. 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 7.1 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Spreadsheet functions (for details see Functions comparison of LibreOffice Calc and Excel) Evet. 508 functions (29 functions unique to Calc) Evet. 476 functions (22 functions unique to Excel)
Comparison of two spreadsheet files Evet Hayır
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) Evet Hayır
Hyphenation of text in cells Evet Hayır
AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type Evet Hayır ([81])
Export to XHTML Evet Hayır
Full-Sheet Previews: Possibility to export all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF Evet Hayır
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) Evet Evet [82]
OpenFormula standard Evet. Largely supported Kısmi
Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) Evet. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) Kısmi in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version.
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Evet. Support for Numbers v1-3 [83], see also this comparison Hayır
Maximum number of columns per sheet Kısmi. 1,024. In development, see tdf#50916. Evet. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
Table styles Kısmi. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762,tdf#44763) Evet
Record a macro Kısmi. Limited support [84] Evet
Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer Kısmi. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) Evet
Statistical / Analysis toolkit Kısmi. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression Kısmi. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
Chart styles Hayır (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) Kısmi. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Power Pivot⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg features Hayır (tdf#96623 regarding DAX functions) Evet
Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel Hayır (tdf#74665, tdf#81530,tdf#70361,tdf#72992, tdf#97832) Evet.
Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table Hayır (work around: using function VLOOKUP) Evet ([85])
Integration of external data sources Hayır. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. Evet. Queries and data sources via "Power Query" and "Power BI" [86]. (SQL.REQUEST removed in favor of Power Query since MS Excel 2010)
Linked data types Hayır. Evet. 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) [87],[88]
Forecasting data to predict future trends Evet. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) Evet. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
Import MS Access databases Kısmi. Via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) Evet
Multi-Core Processing / multithreading Kısmi. Multi-threaded calculation [89]. Multi-threaded import of XLSX documents. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([90],[91]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [92], Presentation "Making Calc Calculate in Parallel". Evet. 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. ([93], [94])

Declaration of variables to be used in formulas Hayır Evet LET function (supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version)
Data-linked creation of flowcharts Hayır Evet Flow charts and organizational charts (supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version)
Export generic XML Hayır Evet
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 7.1 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Flexible CSV export Evet. Supported ([95], [96]) Hayır
Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters Evet (List of Regular Expressions) Hayır
View clone of spreadsheet in new window Evet. Independent window Hayır. Cannot be moved outside the application window
Median in PivotTable Evet tdf#61700 Hayır [97]
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs Evet Hayır
Use English function names Evet. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English Hayır
Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet Evet Hayır
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) Evet Hayır
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) Evet Hayır
Import & Export Pocket Excel Evet. Supported (requires Java) Hayır
Ability to rotate entire chart Evet Hayır
PDF export of comments Evet. Export of comments according to PDF specification Hayır
Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) Evet Hayır (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
Import from Gnumeric Evet (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) Hayır
Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image Evet Hayır
Export sheet/table as .png image Evet Hayır
Formatting of cells Evet. 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. Kısmi. Less features
Additional cell format types Evet. 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. Kısmi Engineering notation via custom formats.
Support negative year date (BCE) Evet. Kısmi Using work-arounds.
Conditional formatting: icon sets Kısmi. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). Kısmi. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format Kısmi (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) Evet
Formulae with entire columns or entire rows Kısmi (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Evet
Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [98] Kısmi. Less default shortcuts ([99], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Evet. More default shortcuts ([100], [101], [102])
Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) Kısmi. Supported for select protected/unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. Evet 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 Hayır Evet [103]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point Hayır (only manually) Evet
Chart type: xyz / surface charts Hayır, basic workaround [104] (tdf#51670) Evet
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) Hayır (tdf#50934) Evet
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool Hayır (via extension GeOOo) Evet. Map charts and "3D Maps".
Different chart types for different data series Hayır (tdf#35629) Evet
Printing of selected chart only Hayır, workarounds [105], [106] (tdf#45893) Evet
Automatized analysis and visualization features Hayır Evet Quick analysis feature and visual summaries, trends, and patterns. [107], [108]. 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 Hayır (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. Evet
Chart recommendations Hayır Evet
'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings Hayır Evet
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) Hayır, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline Evet
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines Hayır (tdf#36943) Evet
Cell background options Kısmi. Background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells Evet. Background color, pattern, gradient
Copy only visible cells Hayır (tdf#36466), extension: Copy only visible cells Evet
Insert data from screenshot or picture Hayır EvetOCR and recognize tables from screenshots or pictures [109] (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 7.1 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Hyphenation support Evet Hayır
Export to XHTML Evet Hayır
Export to HTML Evet Hayır (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS Evet Kısmi, to SVG (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets Evet. For Android smartphones/tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. Kısmi. For WindowsPhone 8 and Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
3D slide transitions Evet. ​macOS, Linux, Windows Kısmi. ​macOS, Windows
Edit embedded videos Kısmi. Via external programs Evet. Directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments Kısmi Evet
Animated effects Kısmi. Supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/shake/vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) Evet
Trim embedded video or audio Hayır Evet. Supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) Hayır (tdf#38263) Evet. Supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [110]
Slides editable during presentation Hayır (tdf#34965) Evet
SmartArt diagrams Hayır (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension Evet
Save highlights and drawings during presentation Hayır (tdf#51928) Evet
Compare presentations Hayır Evet
Broadcast presentation on the Internet Hayır. Only via export to PDF or SWF Evet. 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 Hayır Evet
Record a slide show Hayır (tdf#34959) Evet
Slide design suggestions Hayır Evet via Powerpoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version in Windows and macOS)
Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen Hayır Evet. 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 7.1 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Number of slide layouts Evet. 12 Kısmi. 9
Physics based animations Evet [111] Hayır
Text background colour in text boxes Evet Hayır
PDF export of comments Evet. Export of comments according to PDF specification Hayır
Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation Evet Hayır
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM Evet Hayır
Import of Apple Keynote files Evet. Support for Keynote v1-6 [112] Hayır
Embedding of fonts in presentation file Evet Kısmi. Supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in PowerPoint on macOS, although displayed. No support for embedding OpenType CFF fonts. [113]
Maximum page size Evet. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) Kısmi. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides Kısmi. Limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([114]). Evet. Powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts Kısmi. Less default shortcuts ([115]) Evet. More default shortcuts ([116], [117])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations Hayır Evet [118] 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 Hayır Evet. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
"Morph" transition type Hayır Evet [119]
Creation of automatically starting presentations Hayır, extension: ImpressRunner Evet
Export presentation to video formats Hayır (tdf#34959) Evet. Supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
Slide zoom and pan Hayır (tdf#38263) Evet
Option to save as picture presentation Hayır (tdf#93589) Evet
Using Surface Earbuds to control presentation Hayır Evet[120]

Database program: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

Major Feature Differences LO Base 7.1 MS Access 2019 / 365
Available on all operating systems supported by the office suite Evet Hayır. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
SQL syntax highlighting Evet Hayır
Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise Evet. Plus MySQL as extension.[121] Hayır. No, via ODBC
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book Evet Hayır
Native JDBC driver Evet Hayır
Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format Evet Hayır
Database engine Evet. 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 Kısmi. Jet
Integration of MS Outlook address book Kısmi. 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. Evet
Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application Kısmi. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([122]) (tdf#51872) Evet
Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: Kısmi. Only via drag&drop to LibreOffice Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the writable data source being open. ([123]) (tdf#73798) Evet
Edit MS Access files Kısmi. 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. Evet
Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server Hayır. No, via ODBC Evet
Crosstab queries Hayır. Not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) Evet
"Linked tables" capability Hayır. Not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) Evet
Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format Hayır Evet
Import data from XML, HTML Hayır Evet
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 7.1 MS Access 2019 / 365
Native connector for: dBase databases Evet Hayır. Not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files Evet Hayır
Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database Evet Hayır
Native connector for: SharePoint lists Hayır Evet
Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 Hayır Evet
Web service data connection Hayır Evet
Password protection of database Hayır (tdf#70638) Evet
Calculations in database tables Hayır (tdf#72787) Evet

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