How to install WPS Office on Ubuntu 20.04

Whether you are a business executive, a writer or a student, the chances are you have used MS Office at some point or the other. Move over MS Office, WPS Office is one of the best Desktop/Mobile office suites you can download.

WPS Office previously called Kingsoft Office is a free Microsoft Office alternative that comes with three office products i.e. Presentation, Spreadsheets, and Writer, each with a impressive display and easy user interface. Support for popular file types and automatic spell check are just a couple of the included features you can find here.

It’s an cross-platform application available for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. The best part of WPS Office is that it’s free for anyone and you don’t need an account to use this and fully compatible with all Microsoft document formats.

This office application fully supports various file formats such as CSV, DBF, DOC, DOCM, DOT, DOTM, DPS, DPT, ET, ETT, HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML, POT, PPS, PPT, PRN, RTF, TXT, WPS, WPT, XLS, XLSM, XLSX, PPTX, DOCX, XLT, XML

The design is a lot like Microsoft Office, with a color toolbar at the top for all of your editing options. There are tabs for different tools, including File, Insert and View, at the top of the screen.

One of my favorite features of WPS Office 2020 is the built-in optical character recognition software (OCR) that converts pictures to text. I will not say it’s 100% accurate, but it does the job.

If you’re familiar with most office programs, You’ll find your way around with ease.You get 1 GB of free online storage space when you sign in to your user account. You can use your existing Google, Twitter, Dropbox, or Facebook account, or you can make a new user account with your email address.

Pros:

  • Writer can open new and old MS Word documents.
  • Cloud support for cross-platform work
  • Supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
  • You can use it as your default PDF reader.
  • Includes PDF Editor
  • Can install some or all of the office applications.
  • Free templates for each office program.
  • Supports 13 languages on PC and 46 languages on mobile
  • Compatible with 47 common document formats
  • Lots of unique features.
  • Clean and simple userinterface.

Cons:

  • Must manually check for spelling mistakes in Spreadsheets and Presentation.
  • Some ads
  • Some functions appear to be free but once you use them, such as PDF editing, you’re told to pay before you can save it.
  • Online installer is a little slow to finish.

Installing WPS Office using deb package

Installing WPS Office on Ubuntu is honestly straightforward. We’ll download and install the WPS .deb package from the official website.

Step #1

Type the following command to download the latest .deb package using wget command.

$ wget https://wdl1.pcfg.cache.wpscdn.com/wpsdl/wpsoffice/download/linux/10920/wps-office_11.1.0.10920.XA_amd64.deb

You can also visit the official website to download the .deb package.

The downloaded file name would be something like: wps-office_11.1.0.10920.XA_amd64.deb.

Note: When you download or install this package in future, the application version or download URL may be different. Hence always download the latest available package by visiting the official website.

Step #2

Now type the following command to install the downloaded package.

$ sudo dpkg -i wps-office_11.1.0.10920.XA_amd64.deb

You can update the WPS Office package through your desktop standard Software Update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal.

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

That’s it, WPS Office has been installed on your Ubuntu System, and you can start using it.

Starting WPS Office

To launch the WPS Office application, open the Activities search bar, type “WPS” and click on the application icon.

WPS Office User Interface:

Image Credit: wps.com

How to Uninstall WPS Office from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall WPS Office application, type the following command.

$ sudo apt purge wps-office

You can also run the following command to uninstall the WPS Office suite.

$ sudo dpkg -r wps-office

One and the same thing.

Conclusion

I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install WPS Office on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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