FreeOffice 2018

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How to keep FreeOffice up-to-date

We enhance FreeOffice 2018 continually by fixing bugs and adding new features. Please review the following instructions to ensure that your installation stays current.

FreeOffice for Windows

By default, FreeOffice 2018 for Windows keeps itself up-to-date by automatically downloading service packs from our servers.

If you have not installed the automatic update tool or simply want to know if your version of FreeOffice is current, you can also check for updates manually.

Start one of its applications, click on the "?" icon in the ribbon and choose the command Check for updates. If you are running FreeOffice in classic mode with menus, choose the command Help > Check for updates.

FreeOffice for Mac

You can download FreeOffice 2018 for Mac here.

FreeOffice for Linux

You can find instructions how to download, install and keep up-to-date FreeOffice 2018 for Linux here.


2018-12-23: Revision 945

Mac: Redraw problems that started with macOS 10.14.2 are fixed.


2018-12-12: Revision 944

New features in FreeOffice TextMaker

  • Some improvements to footnote handling

New features in FreeOffice PlanMaker

  • You can now form a valid address from two INDIRECT calls using the ":" operator: =INDIRECT(...):INDIRECT(...)


2018-10-11: Revision 938

New features in all programs

  • Updated help files that clearly tell you which features are only available with SoftMaker Office
  • [WINDOWS] If you use a 4-way mouse which supports horizontal scrolling with the mousewheel, FreeOffice is now compatible with it.
  • [LINUX] You can now scroll horizontally with the mousewheel, if you press Shift while moving the wheel.
  • The keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+K (all operating systems) and Cmd+K (Mac) now open the Hyperlink dialog box.
  • [WINDOWS] If you snap a FreeOffice application window to the left or right border on your monitor and exit the application, this position will now be restored when you start the application again.

New features in FreeOffice TextMaker

  • When you insert an image in a table cell, the cell is now vertically resized to fit in the image.


2018-06-28: Revision 934

New features in all programs

  • You can now use the format painter to transfer formatting.
  • The File | Open dropdown now has an additional entry at the bottom that lets you browse for documents.
  • [LINUX] The included Noto Sans Arabic font has been updated, so that Arabic question marks are shown when the Arabic user interface is active.
  • [LINUX] Whenever FreeOffice for Linux crashes, you now have the option to send a crash report to SoftMaker, letting us find the problem more quickly.

New features in FreeOffice TextMaker

  • You can now insert footnotes.
  • You can now insert comments.
  • It is now possible to open password-protected DOCX files with modified password protection (custom values for SHA and the CNG salt).
  • With extended support for Arabic turned on, icons for changing the writing direction are automatically added to the ribbon.

New features in FreeOffice PlanMaker

  • You can now insert comments.

New features in FreeOffice Presentations

  • The Restore layout command now also restores footer placeholders.


2018-05-16: Revision 931

Revision 931 was the initial release of FreeOffice 2018 for Windows and Linux.