Ubuntu libreoffice writer 5.4 won't open

running ubuntu 16.04.2 32-bit. All libreoffice programs work except Writer. It looks like it wants to run and has the title bar at top and then just disappears as if it never was started.
I have tried removing the .config/libreoffice folder, uninstalling using apt purge and then re-booting and re-installing.
I don’t know what else to try.

Did you install from an Ubuntu repo? What if you install from the official site?

Installed from Ubuntu repo. Did not try official site. will do. thanks.

installed from official site and it WORKS!

installed from official site and it WORKS! Still do not know why repo version of Writer won’t work

You might want to add the PPA to your /etc/apt/sources.list file to get more recent updates automagically. The versions in the official *buntu repos get updated ONLY to fix security issues. The current PPA for LO is libreoffice-5.4 and stays up to date.