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General improvements

  • Alphabetical Indexes, Tables of Contents and User-Defined Indexes will now generate clickable hyperlinks to Document Index Entry Marks core commit 7685c074 (Michael Stahl, allotropia)
Writer showing various indexes with mouse-over tooltip of a hyperlink to a document index entry mark
  • All background fills can now be set to either cover the page inside the margins or the entire page core commit 56d8007a (Michael Stahl, allotropia)
Writer showing pages with BackgroundFullSize on and off
  • Page styles can now have a gutter margin blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
Gutter margin in Writer
  • Bibliography improvements: tooltip for bibliography entry fields and clickable URLs in the bibliography table blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
Tooltip for bibliography entry fields
Clickable URLs in the bibliography table
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Mail Merge

Mail merge info bar
Mail merge dialog warning



General improvements

  • Calc shows blue row numbers for filtered rows by Autofilter. tdf#89841 (Tünde Tóth, NISZ)
  • Calc now highlights an active autofilter dropdown arrow tdf#140955 (Tünde Tóth, NISZ)
Calc shows a blue filtered row numbers and highlights an active autofilter dropdown arrow
  • AutoFilter dropdown button now scales according to sheet zoom level core commit 008c2354 (Szymon Kłos, Collabora)
  • Added mixed date format "Common Year (Era Name)" and "Era Name (Common Year)" for cell format in Japanese locales. core commit 8362c4b3 (Jun Nogata)
72 mixed data format.png
72 traditional japanese monthly name.png

New spreadsheet functions

Changed spreadsheet functions

  • CELL() now evaluates the top left cell of a given cell range argument as second parameter instead of the usual intersecting position for scalar parameters, for interoperability and compliance with the ODF OpenFormula standard definition. tdf#66409 (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)
  • RAWSUBTRACT() now processes arguments from left to right. Previously, RAWSUBTRACT(1;2;3;4) calculated 1-4-3-2 as encountered on the arguments stack. That was changed to calculate 1-2-3-4 in "natural" left to right order as may be expected. This may make a difference like in =RAWSUBTRACT(0.3;0.2;0.1;-0.1;-0.2;0.3) where the result previously was 2.77555756156289E-17 (calculated as (0.3-0.3--0.2--0.1-0.1-0.2) == (0.0--0.2--0.1-0.1-0.2) same as =RAWSUBTRACT(0;0.2;0.1;-0.1;-0.2)), for which the first result now is 0 (calculated as (0.3-0.2-0.1--0.1--0.2-0.3)) and =RAWSUBTRACT(0;0.2;0.1;-0.1;-0.2) result now is -2.77555756156289E-17. (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)


  • Improved speed of pasting formulas with VLOOKUP function tdf#92456 (Noel Grandin, Collabora)
  • Improved speed of some XLSX file opening and scrolling tdf#130326 (Noel Grandin, Collabora and Caolán McNamara, RedHat)
  • Improved speed when filtering tdf#133878 (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)
  • Improved file opening speed for some big XLSX files tdf#79049 (Noel Grandin, Collabora)

Impress & Draw

General improvements

  • The set of default templates was refreshed (tdf#138097 — Indonesian LibreOffice team and Heiko Tietze, TDF):
    • Removed: Alizarin, Bright Blue, Classy Red, Impress, Lush Green (introduced in 4.4)
    • Added: Candy, Freshes, Grey Elegant, Growing Liberty, Yellow Idea
Candy template
Freshes template
Gray Elegant template
Growing Liberty template
Yellow Idea template
  • All background fills can now be set to either cover the page inside the margins or the entire page core commit dda83832 (Michael Stahl, allotropia).
Impress dialog showing new "Background covers margins" checkbox

User Interface

  • Direct access to the document's scaling factor via statusbar in Draw tdf#66470 (Heiko Tietze, TDF)
Feedback of the scaling factor with context menu to change for this document




  • Adding series name to data series label is now possible tdf#94235 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, allotropia)
  • For "Moving average" trend line, the type can now be selected tdf#133423 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, allotropia)
    • Prior (default)
    • Central
    • Averaged Abscissa


  • tdf#130654 Allows to scale the code input box. (Dante DM)
    • The setting is accessible from expert configuration as: org.openoffice.Office.Math.smeditwindowzoom

Core / General

  • Built-in development tools with a "Xray" like UNO object inspector part1 part2 part3 (Tomaž Vajngerl, Collabora)
DevTools - UNO object inspector
  • Selecting form fields inside a document is now possible using Alt+<Mnemonic>. tdf#139804 (Samuel Mehrbrodt, allotropia)
  • The C++ library used to generate QR codes was changed from qrcodegen to ZXing. tdf#139778 (Akshit Kushwaha)
  • StarViewMetafile Format (SVM) was improved: When handling tdf#127471 I stumbled upon a never identified bug: When using ScaledText, the export to SVM is System-dependent due to the differing internal representation in the Font-MetafileAction. Thus, the SVM content differs if it was written on a Windows or non-Windows System, which leads to errors when exchanging SVM-based Metafiles between those systems (details in the task ([1]) ). Due to SVM being used partially as Metafile-Format in saved files (e.g. ODF variants), this was leading to 'strange' looking SWcaledText's. ScaledText is luckily not too often used, but e.g. heavily in Chart Labels which were most obviously hit by this. Since SVM is our own format, this could be enhanced by adding information to the SVM-Format in a backward compatible way. After the fix, all newly written SVM-Files can be exchanged now between LibreOffice Versions containing that fix without that error. For already existing files this is not always possible, see this Table ([2]) (2nd half) for details. (Armin Le Grand, allotropia)
  • EMF/WMF Metafile Formats were improved: When handling tdf#127471 and correcting the SVM format (see above), I also found out that the same error is in the EMF/WMF files that we write. These formats are Windows-specific formats, what makes the versions written under Windows the valid ones. The definitions for EMF/WMF are not in our hands, so I had to fix that differently. A fix is not only important for flawless data exchange between LibreOffice Versions, but also with all kinds of Windows-Applications that use EMF/WMF as DataType. After the fix EMF/WMF is always produced in Windows-conform form for ScaledText. This leads to this working data exchange Table ([3]). (Armin Le Grand, allotropia)
  • Detect wrong written old EMF/WMF Metafile Files: To not have to accept old wrong written files, I added a kind of 'Old-Emf-Wmf-Format-Detector' that uses fuzzy evaluation and corrects old files when loaded in LibreOffice from now on. This makes the exchange between EMF/WMF written by old and new LibreOffice Versions complete: no old written files are lost or need to be reproduced. This is unfortunately not possible for other Windows-Applications, so these EMF/WMF files produced by older non-Windows LibreOffice Versions have - as a workaround - e.g. be loaded and rewritten by a LibreOffice Version containing these fixes. (Armin Le Grand, allotropia)
  • Enhancements for linked OLE in Documents: The content of the OLE Data/File is now synchronized to saving the hosting Document. Before this change, the OLE Data/File for a linked OLE was always saved/changed when the OLE was changed at deactivating it. This is unexpected and not intuitive from a User's point of view. There were complaints from a User who by purpose did *not* save the hosting Document after changing the OLE in it - in the expectation that the OLE Data/File will not be touched that way and stay the same when embedding it again. With this change (for details see tdf#141529) changing the linked OLE is delayed (using a temporary file) until the hosting Document is saved. If the hosting Document is closed without saving (or the Office crashes), the linked OLE does not get saved/changed at all. This is more conform to user's expectations when changing Document-bound Data. (Armin Le Grand, allotropia)
  • Various fixes when using the Skia-based drawing backend. (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)


  • Improved text rendering speed when using font fallback core commit 7439cabc. (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)
  • Improved interactivity of slow drawing operations with repeated user input core commit d3b498cc. (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)
  • Various drawing speed improvements when using the Skia-based drawing backend. (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)
  • Improved swapping speed and memory consumption of graphics (Tomaž Vajngerl, Collabora)

LibreOffice Help


Improvements of DOC import/export filter

  • DOC import: it was fixed chapter numbering tdf#94326 (Justin Luth)
  • DOC import: it was fixed Z-order of objects tdf#120761 (Justin Luth)
  • Doc import: it was fixed some DOC file in 64 bit system tdf#139495 (Justin Luth)
  • DOC export: it was fixed a loss of the outline level tdf#81705 (Justin Luth)

Improvements of DOCX import/export filter

  • DOCX: import discarded headers/footers. Before the inactive DOCX headers/footers lost during import time. Now it can be restored by disabling the options “Same content on left and right pages” and “Same content on first page” on the Header and the Footer panes of the Page style. This is for improving the interoperability with other Office programs, e.g. supporting DOCX text document templates better. tdf#141158 (Attila Bakos, NISZ)
  • DOCX: export NONE background for ParaBackColor. tdf#140336 (Justin Luth)
  • DOCX: fix lost tables in footnotes and endnotes by converting them to floating tables during the import, and removing floating at the DOCX export. tdf#95806, tdf#125877, tdf#141172 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • DOCX export: save header image once. Writer used to dump the same image file as many times as it was featured in different headers or footers in the document, bloating the .docx file size. tdf#118535 (Dániel Arató, NISZ)
  • DOCX table import: fix extra page break. tdf#140182 (Attila Szűcs, NISZ)
  • Improvements for better DOCX import/export. tdf#108518 (Justin Luth)
  • DOCX: fix handling for effect extent vs line width. tdf#138895 (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • DOCX export: put fly before fieldmark start into its own run. core commit 3eced2d5 (Michael Stahl, allotropia)
  • DOCX import: fix missing tblPrEx border of first table cells. Now property set of a new cell is a copy of the table exception property set of the table row, as needed for the import of the table style inheritance. tdf#140957 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • DOCX export: always write title page in section props. Even if page description is not set we should try to mark title page because chaining of two page styles can not work for continuous sections. tdf#124678 (Vasily Melenchuk, allotropia)
  • DOCX export: fix missing page break. When an empty paragraph has both page break and section break, only the section break was exported to DOCX, the page break was not, while MSO needs that to show all page breaks. tdf#121666 (Attila Szűcs, NISZ)
  • DOCX import: fix frame direction. Frames used to be imported with zero rotation even if a w:textDirection tag explicitly called for a non-default orientation. tdf#97128 (Dániel Arató, NISZ)
  • DOCX import: fix slow endnote import by parsing endnotes.xml only once instead of parsing again and again for every endnotes. This was a serious performance problem for documents with hundreds of endnotes, where the endnote import took minutes instead of seconds. tdf#76260, tdf#120351 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • DOCX: fix page margins imported as border padding. Trying to import non-existing "none" borders of w:pgBorders zeroed page margins, removing their values to border padding. tdf#74367 (Attila Szűcs, NISZ)
  • DOCX import: preserve formatting of CREATEDATE fields. The create date of a document doesn't really change, so we can only loose if the cached result of the field is not preserved. tdf#134592 (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
  • DOCX table import: fix zero para top margin when only w:beforeAutospacing=0 was specified, but not PARA_TOP_MARGIN (see default_spacing = -1 in processing of LN_CT_Spacing_beforeAutospacing). tdf#137655 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • DOCX: added import/export support for Hebrew/Arabic numbering Types tdf#141341 (Justin Luth)
  • DOCX export: now Writer saves russianUpper/russianLower numbering tdf#97569 (Justin Luth)
  • DOCX export: stop duplicating stuff in postponed text tdf#134951 (Justin Luth)
  • DOCX: import and export Resolved state of comments tdf#122222 (Mike Kaganski, Collabora)
  • DOCX export: fix missing border of frame tdf#131420 (Nagy Tibor and Attila Szűcs, NISZ)
  • DOCX import: fix frame positions of old docs by limiting AddFrameOffsets compatibility option for docs created by MSO 2010 or older. tdf#138782 (Attila Bakos, NISZ)
  • DOCX: export hidden (shared) headers/footers. tdf#69635 (Dániel Arató, NISZ)
  • DOCX: import track changes of inline images tdf#128913 (László Németh, NISZ)
  • DOCX import: fix lost column break at shapes. The column break was moved into the neighboring shape during the first import, and eliminated during the second import, losing the 2-column text layout. As a workaround, split the paragraph moving the column break into a new paragraph. tdf#121659 (Attila Szűcs and Tibor Nagy from NISZ and Justin Luth)

Improvements of XLSX import/export filter

  • XLSX import: set filtered flag for rows hidden by AutoFilter to support copying the result of filtering. Unlike ODS and XLS, XLSX doesn't differentiates filtered and manually hidden rows, and without this fix, copy of the unupdated data of the loaded filtering contained the hidden rows, too. tdf#99913 (Tünde Tóth, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: fix lost rounded filters if the stored filter values are in the visible cell format (e.g. rounded values) instead of the original (editing) values. Now AutoFilter popup window shows the items according to the visible cell format (e.g. 1.0 instead of 1.01 or 0.99), but still grouping them based on the "editing format" (e.g. not rounded values which visible during editing), i.e. there could be repeated values in the filtering conditions (e.g. two options "1.0" and "1.0" for 1.01 and 0.99). tdf#140968, tdf#140978 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: fix missing datetime filters by convert string representation of the datetime data to ISO 8601 (with blank instead of T) datetime to eliminate locale dependent behaviour when filtering for datetimes. tdf#137626 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: apply more than 8 filters in OOXML autofilter import by removing the artificial limit (which looked like the limit for conditions handled by the standard filter in LO, but not for the autofilter). Now the autofilter popup menu does not always select all items, if the document contained more than 8 selected items there. tdf#140469 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: fix conditional formatting in same cell range. Multiple conditional formatting rules of the same cell range were imported incorrectly because of missing handling of their (different) priorities and operators. tdf#139928 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • XLSX export autofiltered date columns. Export XML_dateGroupItem, XML_year, XML_month, XML_day, XML_dateTimeGrouping based on the OOXML standard. tdf#139809 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)
  • XLSX export: fix proliferation of conditional styles. Run-time created styles “ExtConditionalStyle_N N” for extended conditional styles were written back to the XLSX file, growing the cell style list by each save-reload with unused styles. tdf#139167 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: fix autofiltered date columns by importing dateGroupItem. tdf#116818 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)
  • XLSX export: fix lost file names in modified links. tdf#138832 (Attila Szűcs, NISZ)
  • XLSX export: fix position of rotated images tdf#139258 (Szabolcs Toth, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: fix "Formula is" type conditional formatting rule when the formula contains a reference to another worksheet. tdf#113013 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • XLSX: fix "begins/ends with" conditional formatting when using "Given text" type and cell reference. tdf#120749 tdf#139394 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • XLSX export: fix "contains" conditional formatting when using "Given text" type with cell reference instead of fixed string. Fix also "notContainsText", and prepare the fix for "beginsWith", "endsWith" and "expression" type conditions. tdf#139021 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • XLSX import: hide hidden named range of autofilter. tdf#127301 (Balazs Varga, NISZ)

Improvements of PPTX import/export filter

  • PPTX import: fix WordArt effect textDeflate and textInflateTop. These effects were mapped incorrectly, resulting missing display and after ODP round-trip, changed effects. tdf#125560 (Gabor Kelemen, NISZ and Regina Henschel)
  • PPTX import: fix lost direct hyperlink colors. tdf#137367 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • PPTX table export: fix vertical alignment. tdf#131905 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • PPTX wordart 3D, add sp3d. tdf#140865 (Regina Henschel)
  • Shadow for tables from PPTX in Impress. blog post (Miklos Vajna, Collabora)
Table shadow in impress from PPTX
Custom geometry crop
Crop position of the custom cropped shape
Greyscale effect on custom cropped shape
mirror effect on custom cropped graphics
custom stretch values of custom cropped images
  • PPTX export: fix placeholders. Empty placeholders were exported as white empty custom shapes, losing their visibility and usability. tdf#111903, tdf#137152 (Attila Bakos, NISZ)
  • PPTX import: fix internal hyperlink to slide. Internal hyperlinks were lost, if they refer slides using their names. tdf#65724 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • PPTX export: fix internal hyperlinks exported as external by accident: after reloading the bad export, clicking on the hyperlink opened the same file in another document, because the exported link contained also the full file name reference instead of the slide name, according to the OOXML Relationship TargetMode="External". tdf#54037 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)
  • PPTX import: fix duplicated slide name. tdf#103347 (Nagy Tibor, NISZ)

Improvements of WMF/EMF filter

  • EMF PAINTRGN record is implemented and displayed correctly now tdf#55058 (Bartosz Kosiorek)

Improvements of SVG filter

  • A slide with a custom background is exported correctly now core commit fd84bce8 (Marco Cecchetti, Collabora).
  • It is possible to export a slide with a bitmap as background core commit 3d008f3b (Marco Cecchetti, Collabora).
  • The background is exported in an optimized way. If several slides share the same bitmap as background the bitmap is exported only once. In the same way if a background is made up of tiles where all tiles are the same bitmap, the bitmap is exported only once. The same improvement has been provided for backgrounds made up with patterns or hatches core commit 66f88211 (Marco Cecchetti, Collabora).



  • Command Popup HUD - command search and execute functionality tdf#91874 blog (Tomaž Vajngerl, Collabora)
Command Popup

Icon theme


  • Templates dialog got a list view. You can sort templates by name, category, date, modules, size, etc. tdf#104154 (Vert D.)
Templates dialog list view
  • File ▸ Properties... ▸ General ▸ Location is now a clickable link to the folder, in case of local files tdf#135896 (Heiko Tietze, TDF)


  • Fontwork panel was added. (Szymon Kłos, Collabora)


  • Now it is easier to find style using the new scrollable style picker (Szymon Kłos, Collabora)


New languages/locales with locale data

Available as default document language and for locale specific formatting.

  • English (Denmark) {en-DK}. (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)
    Using ',' comma decimal separator and '.' dot group separator.
    ISO 8601 date(+time) formats.
    Inheriting calendar from {en-GB} (week-1stweek=4 first_weekday=2).
    Currency DKK 'kr.' symbol.
    Secondary currency EUR '€' symbol.

Additional languages in the language list

Available for text attribution.

  • Pali Thai {pi-Thai} in the CTL language list. tdf#139607 (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)
  • Cabécar {cjp-CR} and Bribri {bzd-CR}. tdf#138839 (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)

Incorporation of other languages

Improvements to proofing tools and language support

  • Esperanto spelling dictionary and thesaurus (Carmen Bianca Bakker, András Tímár)



  • The InStr and Replace functions now support the case-insensitive operation for non-ASCII characters using the application locale. tdf#139840 and tdf#132389 (Andreas Heinisch)


Feature Removal / Deprecation

  • OpenGL-based drawing code has been removed in favor of Skia/Vulkan. (Luboš Luňák, Collabora)

Platform Compatibility


  • Improve system clipboard (pasteboard) functionality on macOS core commit 84a6cfd9 (Tor Lillqvist, Collabora)


  • You can now use wildcards when converting documents from command line. tdf#48413 (Deborah Barkley-Yeung)
For example, the following command converts all documents with .doc extension in C:\Docs\In\ directory to ODF format:
    soffice.exe --headless --convert-to odf --outdir C:\Docs\Out C:\Docs\In\*.doc
  • Added a feature for default file format association checking tdf#45735 (Matt K.)
A new dialog if some ODF file formats don't associate with LibreOffice
  • Added a new expert configuration org.openoffice.Office.Common/Load/DetectWebDAVRedirection (true by default), disabling which allows to disable the detection of WebDAV mapped drive on Windows (added in tdf#126121 in version 6.4), and use the previous Windows built-in WebDAV access mechanism (which prevents LibreOffice from obtaining extended information about the document, but allows to use some features like cookie-based WebDAV authentication, that are not yet supported by LibreOffice natively) tdf#141164 (Mike Kaganski, Collabora)


Java Support

API Changes

  • osl_getLocalHostname no longer returns a FQDN (fully qualified domain name). This speeds the function up as it works without querying DNS via network. (Samuel Mehrbrodt, allotropia) core commit eac00017

UNO API changes

  • XSystemTransferable interface was removed from CDOTransferable. It was only implemented for transferable objects on Windows; and its implementation was wrong, so unusable in any way core commit 818a84c4 (Mike Kaganski, Collabora)
  • Replace "No-width No Break" (uno:InsertZWNBSP) by "Word Joiner" (uno:InsertWJ) since it inserts U+2060 character tdf#140796 (Julien Nabet)
  • The UNO command "uno:PasteTransposed" is added. Paste Transposed is part of the "Paste Special" dialog and can now be called directly. tdf#102255 (Roland Kurmann)
  • The UNO command "uno:PasteAsLink" is added. Paste As Link is part of the "Paste Special" dialog and can now be called directly. tdf#90101 (Roland Kurmann)

Configuration changes

SDK changes

VBA changes

  • The Calc VBA compatibility Range.Formula and Range.FormulaR1C1 properties wrongly used localized formula expressions as if they were Range.FormulaLocal and Range.FormulaR1C1Local implementations. That worked in English UI and locales, but not in translated UI or with locale dependent different separators, imported Excel documents using these properties failed there.
    Instead, they now use English formula expressions and separators. Additionally Range.FormulaLocal and Range.FormulaR1C1Local are implemented to use localized formula expressions. tdf#141543 (Eike Rathke, Red Hat)
    • This change means for macros created in LibreOffice that relied on the erroneous behaviour in a localized non-English environment those macros will cease to work, the remedy in these cases is to replace setting Formula and FormulaR1C1 attributes with FormulaLocal and FormulaR1C1Local instead.

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