Few days ago I installed Elementary OS on a used laptop, then LibreOffice. I somehow found out how to activate ribbons, but next to the 90s black & white bevels on the menu tabs, most icons have a white background colour:

Screenshot of LibreOffice

Later on I watched a Youtube video about office software for Elementary OS and that guy's version looks way better than mine (starting at 0:17):


What's wrong on my side, is there anything I need to adjust in the settings of LibreOffice?


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You can improve LibreOffice's looks and integration into elementary OS by adding the libreoffice-gtk3 package.

You might also like the libreoffice-style-elementary package that includes better fitting tool icons too.

To install both, open Terminal and enter the following command.

sudo apt install libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-style-elementary
  • I installed that style package and while the icons look slightly better (no antique floppy disk icon anymore), I now have two ribbon menus, one with completely white background... Commented May 29, 2019 at 19:09

I asked myself the same thing. For a distro like Elementary Os - which makes the look & feel a priority point, the integration of Libre Writer is simply ugly.

I use Ghost Writer + Pandoc + Wkhtmltox. None of them in the repo...

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