How to use Microsoft Word on Ubuntu

Do you need to run Microsoft Word on your Ubuntu system ? Not sure how to configure it? This guide will help you work on Office Word documents while using Ubuntu.


For those looking to get started with Microsoft Word on Ubuntu, the best way to do it is with the ” unofficial-webapp-office ” package . It is a simple web container that offers the online versions of Microsoft Office to Linux users.

Currently, Word can be used on Ubuntu with the help of Snap packages, which are compatible with about 75% of Ubuntu operating systems. As a result, getting Microsoft’s famous word processor to work is straightforward.

To begin the installation of Word on your Linux PC, open a terminal window and follow the Snap instructions below.


The installation of the Snap package for Word starts by enabling the Snapd runtime.

Into your terminal type in the command below:

sudo apt install snapd

Now you will be able to install Word with the following installation command:

sudo snap install unofficial-webapp-office

Word on Linux/Ubuntu installation

With the “ Unofficial-webapp-office ” application installed, proceed to the next section to learn how to use Word on Ubuntu. In case you have an issue with this office suite software itself, You can also repair word.

Read: How to stop data collection by Microsoft on Windows 10

Using WORD

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to get access to Microsoft Word.

  1. Open the Activities menu on your Ubuntu desktop.
  2. Type in ” Word” in the search box .

  1. When Word starts, you will not be presented with the word processor user interface. Instead, you will see a Microsoft ” Sign in” page.
  2. Use the user interface and sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don’t have an MS account, click the ” Create One” button .
  3. When you log into the application, you will see the Microsoft Word user interface. From here, click the ” New blank document” button to start typing.

Word for Ubuntu


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Nikolaus Oosterhof

Nikolaus has a degree in software development. He is passionate about gadgets with a screen, nostalgic for phones, a retired gamer and open source programmer. He likes also to write about macOS and Windows. design web pages and debug long programs!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thomas

    Hi, I’ve got a problem. When I am trying to “create new blank document” I am still getting window with “no apps available – no apps installed that can’t open “about:blank”. ” I´ll be glad if you help me. Thanks!

    P.S. English isn’t my native language, so I’m sorry, if I done some mistakes.

  2. Gary

    Does not work on ubuntu 20.04.
    Feedback: $ sudo snap install unofficial-webapp-office
    error: snap “unofficial-webapp-office” not found

  3. mert

    Same problem with Gary. Unfortunately it doesn’t work on ubuntu 20.04.

    Error: snap “unoffical-webapp-office” not found

  4. BCS

    not working Error: snap “unoffical-webapp-office” not found 🙁
    just installed the lastest packages………

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