How to use Microsoft Word on Ubuntu

Need to use Microsoft Word on your Ubuntu setup, but feeling lost on how to set it up? No sweat! This guide’s got you covered, so you can work on those Office Word docs like a pro, even on Ubuntu.


For anyone ready to dive into using Microsoft Word on Ubuntu, the “unofficial-webapp-office” package is the way to go. It’s a simple web container that lets Linux users access the online versions of Microsoft Office.

These days, getting Word up and running on Ubuntu is a breeze thanks to Snap packages, which work on around 75% of Ubuntu systems. So, no worries there.

To get Word on your Linux machine, just open a terminal window and follow the Snap installation instructions below. Easy peasy!

Read: How to Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu 22.04


Getting the Snap package for Word installed starts with enabling the Snapd runtime. To do that, just pop this command into your terminal:

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 install Snap pack support on Linux

Using WORD

Here’s a quick and easy way to get Microsoft Word on your Ubuntu desktop:

  • Head to the Activities menu.
  • Type “Word” in the search bar.

    • When Word starts up, you’ll see a Microsoft “Sign in” page, so use the interface to log into your Microsoft account or create one
    • Once you’re logged in, you’ll finally see the Word interface – hit the “New blank document” button and start typing away!

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Word for Ubuntu

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So there you have it, folks! Getting Microsoft Word up and running on your Ubuntu system is easier than you thought. With just a few quick steps, you can start typing away on the world’s most popular word processor. Whether you need to bang out a quick memo or a lengthy research paper, Word’s got you covered. Don’t let the fact that you’re using Ubuntu hold you back from getting your work done. Give it a shot and see for yourself!


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Nikolaus Oosterhof

Nikolaus holds a degree in software development and has a strong passion for all things tech-related, especially gadgets with screens. Though he is nostalgic for older phone models, he's a retired gamer and continues to enjoy programming in open-source environments. Additionally, Nikolaus enjoys writing about Linux, macOS and Windows and has experience designing web pages.

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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