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Is there any way to make the UI of LO, ribbon like as in MS office?

asked 2013-06-20 09:19:43 +0100

jjos gravatar image

updated 2013-06-20 09:30:29 +0100

Is there any extensions or themes for that?

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answered 2013-06-20 13:06:39 +0100

oweng gravatar image

updated 2014-09-23 02:31:21 +0100

There is currently no ribbon-esque toolkit or extension or project that I know of which will change the current toolbar into a tabbed one (which is what the ribbon is). The related bug to get a ribbon-esque toolbar implemented as an enhancement is fdo#56711.

There was a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2013 idea for "allowing new UI experimentation" (under Linux) which does not appear to have been selected as a project, although an idea to improve the toolbars has been selected. There has been the occasional practical and enterprising user initiative to customise the UI, using available options.

EDIT: Note that the ribbon UI in MS Office is patented technology. Alternative office suite implementations will need to find a method of getting around this patent (presumably by being deemed not too ribbon-like). Refer the answer here.

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answered 2013-06-20 09:57:31 +0100

David gravatar image

updated 2016-10-24 14:47:37 +0100

This comes up from time to time. :) In the spirit of cross-pollination, here's a link to a post in a thread on an LO forum on LO and the MS Ribbon. FWIW!

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The link to the forum is no longer available.

tiberiu gravatar imagetiberiu ( 2016-10-19 13:09:02 +0100 )edit

@tiberiu - the now-defunct LO forum thread is available from the Wayback Machine. I have updated the link in my post.

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2016-10-24 14:48:19 +0100 )edit
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answered 2013-06-20 12:42:39 +0100

Paijo gravatar image

I am sure that ribbon is possible. Someone already create ribbon with java for web-based application. You can see it here: http://pujanggabageur.kodingen.com/isekolah/

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I wouldn't want to head down the Java path given that LO is heading in the opposite direction.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2013-06-20 13:08:43 +0100 )edit
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answered 2015-03-25 18:35:22 +0100

Django gravatar image

updated 2015-03-25 18:36:35 +0100

If the developers makes an option for customizing the sidebar,anyone can make own ribbon style menu if they want.The sidebar performances half ribbon style.I like really Libreoffice and i want it to be more popular than ms office.Right now it is really hard to use it for office personal ,especially works at government.

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answered 2017-01-01 19:07:10 +0100

petermau gravatar image

For those who seem to prefer a different interface you could look at the new NOTBOOKBAR interface available to try in LIBREOFFICE 5.3. Its internal development name is Muffin. See https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/questi... for more information. The team would welcome feedback.

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answered 2016-12-30 23:45:52 +0100

Edmund Laugasson gravatar image

Looks like in version 5.3 there will be - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/12/mi...

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