Your Easiest Way to Update LibreOffice

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LibreOffice is easy and free to update, but if you've never done it before it can be frustrating to figure out the specific steps.

Here are your easiest ways to set and apply automatic or manual updates. Once you set up how you prefer to stay updated, it should be less of a chore in the future.

Instructions in this article apply to LibreOffice 6.0 or higher.

How to Update LibreOffice Automatically

This method is your easiest option for updating LibreOffice. Automatic updates should be the default. You can double-check your settings to make sure Automatic updates are selected.

  1. Make sure you are connected to the internet. It might sound obvious, but make sure you have a reliable internet connection before you attempt a download.

    Both automatic and manual updates for LibreOffice require an online connection.  

  2. Open LibreOffice. 

  3. Select the Tools menu and choose Options.

    Screenshot of Tools > Options in LibreOffice
  4. Select Online Update in the left pane of the Options window.

    Screenshot of LibreOffice Options
  5. You will be asked to specify how often the program seeks online updates. Options include Every Day, Every Week, or Every Month. You can also opt to select Check Now.

    Screenshot of LibreOffice Online Update Options
  6. Select OK to apply the changes.

When an update is available, an icon in the menu bar pops up. Click this icon or message to begin downloading available updates.

If LibreOffice is configured to download the files automatically, the download starts immediately. 

How to Choose Manual Updates for Libreoffice

While automatic updates are recommended, it is also fairly simple to manually update your LibreOffice programs. You just have to remember to do it yourself.

  1. Open LibreOffice. 

  2. Select the Tools menu and choose Options.

    Screenshot of Tools > Options in LibreOffice
  3. Select Online Update in the left pane of the Options window.

    Screenshot of LibreOffice Options
  4. Select Check Now. The Check for Updates dialog box will open and find any available updates.

    Screenshot of Check for Updates in LibreOffice
  5. Select Install if any updates are found.

How to Update Extensions

It is possible you may need to manually update LibreOffice extensions from time to time. Extensions are optional features you can install to the core LibreOffice suite, to expand what it can do. 

Again, extensions can cause glitches if they do not stay updated, but the good news is running either update method should also update your extensions. 

  1. Open LibreOffice. 

  2. Select Tools and choose Extension Manager.

    Screenshot of Tools > Extension Manager in LibreOffice
  3. Select Check for Updates.

    Screenshot of Check for Updates in LibreOffice Extension Manager
  4. Select any available updates in the Extension Updates list and choose Install.

    Screenshot of Extension Updates in LibreOffice
  5. Close the Extension Manager window when updates are complete.

Problems? Make sure you are logged in as the administrator. You will most likely need to have administrator rights on your computer to download updates for LibreOffice.