I know that you will tell me that I should use Libreoffice, but I have an Office licence and I still use it.

I use Wine to run Office 2007 but when I launch Word or any Office app, Wine launches a "Wine application loader" instead of the real Word app.

How can I display the actual Word icon on Plank?

  • <unhelpful cmmt>I'm sorry but Office 2007?? Do yourself a favor and just use Libreoffice.</unhelpful cmmt>
    – Gabriel
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 2:44
  • Based on Microsoft's product support, mainstream support for Office 2007 is over, and you will likely find Wine depreciating it. support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=8753 As such, this unhelpful comment is probably not that unhelpful, although there are many other alternatives that can be seen here elementaryos.stackexchange.com/a/113/26
    – Lewis Goddard
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 12:38

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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 Winetricks).

To troubleshoot it, try running it through terminal like this:

wine /path/to/office/winword.exe

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:

[Desktop Entry] Name=MS Word Exec=wine /path/to/office/winword.exe Icon=/path/to/your/MS\ Word/Icon/icon.png Type=Application StartupWMClass=Winword.exe

Also, if you are used to MS Office look and feel, maybe you could give Kingsoft office a try.

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