images not displayed writer

Images are not being displayed in Writer. I paste the images in and they are not displayed. If I open the doc with MS Word, they are displayed. If I open an existing document with images, they are not displayed. I didn’t test all forms of images but several different ones. Bitmap has been most reliable in my experience and those are not displayed.


I had the same issue here on Linux, apparently you have to enable the display of images. Tools → Options → LibreOffice Writer → View → Check the box next to “Images and Objects”.
That solved this for me.


Did you made some adjustments to Tools → Options → Memory? Can happen if memory per object is too low, or if memory for LibreOffice (in general) is set too low.

No, I didn’t change anything other than that.

I had the same issue of pasted images not showing with my LibreOffice Version: Linux Mint 19.2 Xfce 64-bit.

Open LibreOffice Writer
The top main menu :
| File | Edit | View | Insert | Format | Styles | Table | Form | Tools | Window | Help |

Click on Tools to open the: Options LibrOffice Writer - View Menu box
There you will find a list of features:

  • LibreOffice
  • Load/Save
  • Language Settings
  • LibreOffice Writer
  • LibreOffice Writer/Web
  • LibreOffice Base
  • Charts
  • Internet |
    Be sure the appropriate options boxes have been checked:

Helplines While Moving

Horizontal ruler

  • Millimetre
  • Centimeter
  • Inch
  • Pica
  • Point
  • Char

Images and objects
Drawings and controls
Field codes

Then click on LibreOffice Writer

Options LibrOffice Writer - there you will find another list:
Formatting Aids,
Basic Fonts (Western),
Basic Fonts (Asian) etc…

Thank you.

Thank you also.

Is there displayed any placeholder?

If not, this might be another variant of the currently open OpenGL issue. Try to turn off the option ‘Use OpenGL for all rendering’ in ‘LibreOffice’ > ‘View’. (Please report the result.)

I’ve the same problem on Mac MBP late 2012 running Sierra 10.12.6. There are placeholders and neither disabling Use OpenGL or the Blacklist option help. This occurs In both Libre versions 5.3.4002 as well as 5.3.6001. This seems to be for custom jpg images from my collection or the Libre included Library of arrows etc.
Oddly enough the thumbnail Recent Documents view does render/display the image.

Check what Hannes said and report back as new question if it doesn’t work for you.

@thereg.p: What about the hint from above:
Tools --> Options(Preferences) --> LibreOffice Writer --> View --> Display > Images and objects
by @hannes ?

Worked for me

Worked for me

Worked for me too. Thanks for posting.

Worked for me too. Mil gracias!

I have followed all the advice I can find on this issue and the images are still not printing. Using Windows 10 and LO writer Images are still not printing. The files I have tried have been both .doc files created by Word and .odt files. The only time I can get an image to print is if I have saved it in Word just before printing. Nothing I do in LOwriter results in an image printing. In this version of OL OpenGL is de-selected by default. Has anyone found a solution for more recent versions?


Properties Print is checked? With the image selected, see at menu Format - Image - Properties - Options tab.


Right click on any image not being displayed and Disable / UncheckImage Off

image description

NOTE: This one action will cause all images within the .odt doc to be displayed.

To hide images (and show only their place-holder text) repeat the above (it’s a toggle)


I attempted to use the suggestions of the prior-3 posters,

hannes Oct 02, '17

kruno Oct 02, '17

Lupp Mar 05, '16

but to no avail.

I understand the original Q was related to Libre Writer v5.1.0.3. However, I encountered the same issue with Libre Writer v6.0.n.m x64 on the following machines and versions,

OS: Window 7 Home Prem x64

Libre Office Version: (x64)

Build ID: 54c8cbb85f300ac59db32fe8a675ff7683cd5a16

CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.1; UI render: default;

Locale: en-US (en_US); Calc: group

OS: Lubuntu 18.04 x64

Libre Office Version:

Build ID: 1:6.0.3-0ubuntu1

CPU threads: 2; OS: Linux 4.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3;

Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group



Su Sep 09, '18 22:34 EDT (UTC-4)

The screenshot and menu-item selection under the “QUICK ANSWER” section of this post applies only to MS-Word 97/2003 (.doc) documents.

When I save the doc as an Open-Doc Foundation .odt format document, the context menu [right-click] is completely different (with no option to toggle Image Off).

The images in my .odt version doc are not rendered (only their place-holder text appears).


View/Image and charts


Using the latest version (updated last week!) it’s a two click job - view, then images and charts, 9th down on the list. You don’t even have to tick a box.