Get Modern LibreOffice UI

LibreOffice is the most featured and famous software for handling documents on GNU/Linux, it provides a complete interface with all the tools for taking advantage from any document format.

However, for some reason, it looks quite unpleasant as-it-is, this does not affect its functionality, it’s just a matter of appearance, this style issue can be encountered over GTK-based desktop environments and even on KDE Plasma. This is why some tweaks can be done for improving its integration with the selected desktop, thus making it look better.

Enable UI Features

Open the Options Panel

Enable Experimental Features [restarting the program may be required]

Select the Tabbed UI

Install the GTK and Plasma Integration

Use Synaptic or CLI to get the packages

apt install libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-style-breeze

Choose a Style

The colors may change based on the selected theme, for example, the two screenshots below show results for Numix and ARK-Dark themes.

Light Theme

Dark Theme

Finally, probably this procedure won’t be necessary in the future because the GTK, Plasma and other desktop integrations may be part from the LibreOffice installation by default.

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