Ask Your Question

"Export Directly to PDF" only produces a blank page

asked 2020-09-06 08:40:03 +0100

rbscebu gravatar image

updated 2020-09-06 09:11:16 +0100

ebot gravatar image

New PC and just installed Lubuntu 20.04 (with LibreOffice included) and applied a full Lubuntu upgrade. If I type a document and then click on the [Export Directly to PDF] menu button, all LO produces is a blank page. Is they a way to correct this?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


Please upload a small, ODF type sample file here (what you created on the newly installed PC).

Zizi64 gravatar imageZizi64 ( 2020-09-06 09:31:51 +0100 )edit

3 Answers

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2020-09-06 12:02:24 +0100

Opaque gravatar image

updated 2020-09-06 12:17:44 +0100


this is one out of many problems of running LibreOffice on initial installs on Ubuntu 20.04 based systems - see also my answer in the following question: (which doesn't seem to be related to your issue - but it is) or use this


Perform the following procedure:

Complete deinstall

dpkg --list | awk '/ii/&&/libreoffice/{print $2}' | sudo xargs apt --yes purge
sudo apt --yes autoremove
sudo rm -r /usr/lib/libreoffice/*


sudo apt update --yes
sudo apt install libreoffice libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-sdbc-hsqldb libreoffice-help-en-us


Hope that helps you as well.

edit flag offensive delete link more


Thank you. This solved my problem.

rbscebu gravatar imagerbscebu ( 2020-09-11 01:55:02 +0100 )edit

answered 2020-09-08 07:44:06 +0100

rbscebu gravatar image

As requested, here is my small ODT file produced from the LibreOffice installed with mu Lubuntu 20.04 operating system. C:\fakepath\Test.odt I hope this helps.

edit flag offensive delete link more


Do not answer your own question unless it is a real answer.

P. S. I see no problem with LO / Windows 7.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-09-08 09:26:48 +0100 )edit

The file is useless, since it is a known problem, which could not be reproduced on any other system than on new installs of LibreOffice on Ubuntu 20.04 based system. Did you check ma answer at all?

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2020-09-08 10:01:00 +0100 )edit

answered 2020-09-08 08:57:40 +0100

barnpiece gravatar image

One simple way this can happen is if you have something selected before doing Export to PDF. Whatever is selected is then put into the PDF even if it is just blank.

Make sure you clear any selection before Export.


edit flag offensive delete link more
Login/Signup to Answer

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2020-09-06 08:40:03 +0100

Seen: 160 times

Last updated: Sep 08