- How to automatically or manually install the latest bug fixes for Windows or Mac
- Open LibreOffice Writer
- Make sure you are connected to the internet
- Option A (recommended): Choose automatic updates in LibreOffice
- Option B: Manually select updates for Libreoffice
- Download and apply the LibreOffice update?
- Update extensions
- Issues? Make sure you are an administrator on your computer
How to automatically or manually install the latest bug fixes for Windows or Mac
LibreOffice is easy and free to upgrade, but if you’ve never done it before, it can be difficult to figure out the specific steps.
These are the easiest ways to install and apply automatic or manual updates. Once you’ve established how you prefer to stay up-to-date, it should become less of a chore in the future.
Open LibreOffice Writer
Open LibreOffice and select Writer to launch the program’s interface.
Consider whether you want LibreOffice to check for updates automatically or if you prefer to run updates manually.
Make sure you are connected to the internet
It may seem obvious, but make sure you have a strong internet connection before downloading. Both automatic and manual updates of LibreOffice require an online connection.
Option A (recommended): Choose automatic updates in LibreOffice
This method is the easiest option to update LibreOffice.
First, automatic updates should be the default. If you haven’t seen the icon in the top right corner with an occasional update message, check your settings again. Check this by selecting Tools – Options – LibreOffice – Online Update.
You will be prompted to specify how often the program should check the Internet for updates. Options include every day, every week, every month, or whenever an online connection is detected. You can now also check for updates.
Again, when an update is available, an icon will appear in the menu bar. Click this icon or message to download available updates.
If LibreOffice is set up to automatically download files, the download will begin immediately.
Option B: Manually select updates for Libreoffice
While automatic updates are recommended, it’s also quite easy to manually update your LibreOffice programs. You just have to remember it yourself!
Since automatic updates are probably the default setting when you install LibreOffice, you should first disable them by going to Tools – Options – LibreOffice – Online Update.
If you disable the automatic check for updates, the icon specified in the previous step will be removed from the menu bar.
Then select Help – Check for updates – Download and install files.
You can also bookmark and visit the LibreOffice download site to download the latest package.
Download and apply the LibreOffice update?
Once the update file has been downloaded automatically or manually, the download file should be saved to your computer’s desktop by default.
You can change this default location by going to Tools – Options – LibreOffice – Online Update.
Click the file and select Install to apply the update. Depending on your operating system, you may need to extract or unzip the file.
Once the update is complete, you should see a confirmation message.
Remark. You can save space on your computer by deleting the download after it is completely installed.
You may need to manually update LibreOffice extensions from time to time. Extensions are additional features that you can install in the main LibreOffice package to enhance functionality.
Again, extensions can cause crashes if they don’t stay up to date, but the good news is that any updating method should keep your extensions up to date too.
If you experience problems with these extensions, you can update them by going to Tools – Extension Manager – Updates – Check for Updates – Select an extension. You should see an option to get the latest updates.
Issues? Make sure you are an administrator on your computer
You will most likely need administrator rights on your computer to download updates to LibreOffice.
You can also contact your organization administrator.