If you have problems with starting MS Office with wine (silent crashes, etc.) then you might be missing some libraries (
.dll) or you haven't properly installed it (You can install most of them through
To troubleshoot it, try running it through terminal like this:
you should get some error details.
As with icons, similar questions have been answered here and here. To get the icon you want on plank, you need to create a .desktop file and put it in either :
~/.local/share/applications (your profile only)
/usr/share/applications (everyone, requires sudo access !).
Briefly, it should look something like this:
Also, if you are used to MS Office look and feel, maybe you could give Kingsoft office a try.