LibreOffice 6.1 Open Office Suite released

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 8, 2018
Updated • Aug 8, 2018

A new version of the popular open source and cross-platform application LibreOffice has been released today. LibreOffice 6.1 brings along with it improvements to the user interface, performance, and new features and other changes.

Existing users can use the built-in update functionality to update the local version of the Office suite to version 6.1. Just select Help > Check for Updates in any of the LibreOffice applications to do so. Web and Torrent downloads are already available on the official website as well.

Note: LibreOffice 6.x requires at least Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1. The last version to support Windows XP and Vista was LibreOffice 5.x.

Tip: Use LibreOffice as a PDF Editor.

LibreOffice 6.1

You can check out of the official announcement on the LibreOffice for an overview of important changes in LibreOffice 6.1 or the release notes for the new version which highlight the bulk of changes.

LibreOffice 6.1 supports a new icon theme for Windows that is based on Microsoft's icon design guideline. The theme is called Colibre and the default theme on Windows from LibreOffice 6.1 on.

Other theme changes include a switch to Elementary on Gnome based desktops, a new default high contrast theme called Sifr, and the removal of Industrial and Oxygen themes because "of missing maintenance and SVG support".  The icon theme Karasa Jaga was added which is heavily inspired from Oxygen.

LibreOffice users can change the style of icons in the following way:

  1. Select Tools > Options from the menu bar.
  2. Go to LibreOffice > View.
  3. Select a new theme under Icon style on the page.

LibreOffice's Base app uses a new database format. Firebird Embedded is the new default choice for databases in the new version of Base. It is still possible to select Embedded HSQLDB in the dialog.

Long term, existing data needs to be migrated to the new database format or an external HSQLDB server must be used.

LibreOffice 6.1 debuts a migration assistant to migrate the database to the new format. The migration assistant will remain available in future releases even in those that won't support HSQLDB anymore.

Base displays the migration assistant automatically when you open a database that uses the old format.

migrate database

Select yes to do so. You can bring up the prompt again by selecting Tables under Database in the interface. It is highly suggested that you create a backup of the database file before you attempt to convert it.

LibreOffice 6.1 features lots of other improvements:

  • Image handling improvements in Calc
    • sorting of images anchored to Calc cells
    • reworked anchor types
    • aspect ratio is considered when resizing images in cells.
    • inserted images are anchored to cell by default.
    • option to fit images into their cell.
  • Options to customize the highlight color under LibreOffice > Application Color.
  • Lots of online improvements (security, graphical user interface).
  • New Page menu in Draw and reorganization of menus.
  • Easier toolbar and menu customization options.
  • JRE Required message on Windows highlights whether 32-bit or 64-bit version is missing.
  • Cal, Draw, and Impress prompt user about EXIF rotation when adding images.
  • New set of default gradients.
  • New RYB standard pallete.
  • Rewored background images in gallery and area fill dialog.
  • Improved Excel 2003 XML import filter.
  • New help content (pivot charts, Export to EPUB)
  • Support for external CSV data.
  • Improved LDAP configuration backend.
  • Support for signing ODF documents with ECDSA keys on Linux and macOS.

Closing Words

LibreOffice 6.1 improves the Office suite in many different areas. If you are a user you may want to consider upgrading right away to take advantage of the new functionality.

Note that the Document Foundation recommends that Enterprise customers stay at version 6.06. for the time being.

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  1. chesscanoe said on December 18, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    From the US, LibreOffice was available at least 9 hours ago from its GB location. At the time I could not get a clean download from other locations including the default, but they may work now. FYI.

  2. Bud said on August 15, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Its functional but ugly. That interface came from dinosaur era. Better use wps free office.

    1. owl said on August 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

      LibreOffice: Indeed, the UI is funny face, but its functionality is amazing.
      The difference between the two can be referred to “KINGSOFT Co. Ltd. (China) exists Black box” and “The Document Foundation of open source project”.
      I can not trust Made in China, which is susceptible to state control.
      I support LibreOffice of “open source project” originating from IBM Lotus Symphony(IBM > Apache OpenOffice > The Document Foundation:LibreOffice).

  3. Kornelius said on August 13, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I reinstalled Office 6.1 and voila, there it was: The “Spellchecker”.

  4. Anonymous said on August 11, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Libre 6.1 has no spel chegger

    1. chesscanoe said on August 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      A typical install of LO in English, version does include a spell checker as you use Writer.
      “Comment: Libre 6.1 has no spel chegger”

  5. Richard Allen said on August 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    “LibreOffice 6.1 brings along with it improvements to the user interface, performance, and…”

    To improve performance, maybe a couple years ago, I increased the cache size for LibreOffice back when it was easily accessible in the options and it made a very big difference, at least for me it did. Now you have to do some digging to find the settings. Tools – Options – Advanced – Open Expert Configuration – org.openoffice.Office.Common – Cache – GraphicManager.

    I’m not sure what the defaults are because the reset button isn’t working for me on v6.0.4.2, so I would make a note of the default values, I have 16GB of RAM so memory use is not a problem and I would think anyone with 4GB or more should be fine. What are the default cache values? Have they changed?

    The cache values are in bytes. In the past 128MB (134217728) was recommended but I’ve always used 256MB (268435456) for the total cache size. For the object cache size I use 20MB (20971520). I don’t remember if I changed the object release time. I did reduce the “Undo” value from 100 down to 20 and I have JRE (java runtime) disabled.

    If anyone needs an app to convert different measurements I’ve been using the paid/donate version of Unit Converter Ultimate on Android for some time now and it works well. Just throwing that out there because I use it often. Damn foreigners and their highfalutin metric system! That was a joke people, don’t wig out on me. At least let me get some popcorn first. :)

    LibreOffice Settings:

  6. Paul(us) said on August 9, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    This would be absolutely by far main office suite when LibreOffice also supplied one desktop email client standard on board of the suite. Preferably even with an integrated email agenda that would be absolutely super duper.
    Hopefully, the LibreOffice opensource community will be convinced to do so by this post from me! :-)

  7. Ivan said on August 9, 2018 at 7:57 am

    So how good is LibreOffice compared to MSOffice and OpenOffice?

    OpenOffice is awful to the point that I would not recommend using it. Horrible usability.

    1. Pedro said on August 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      LibreOffice is light-years ahead of OpenOffice. Open Office development is mostly dead, while LibreOffice was forked from Open Office many years ago and has hundreds of devs actively working on it.

      Also LibreOffice main language is C++, while OpenOffice is still stuck in Java.

      Compared to MS Office, I would say that this one is superior. Especially in Excel versus Calc (especially because of macros) and in Powerpoint versus Impress (Powerpoint has a lot more features to customize your presentations, and has a more flexible and intuitive UI).

    2. John said on August 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Compared to MSOffice: it’s free.
      Compared to OpenOffice: it’s uptaded often and it has more features.

  8. seeprime said on August 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Version 6.1 is faster than older versions on the two PC’s I loaded it on. The updated toolbar icons look nicer also.

  9. ilev said on August 8, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    No portable version yet.

  10. jern said on August 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been using v. on my Macs. Just downloaded 6.0.6. LibreOffice is an excellent office suite. It’s hard to imagine the hours of dedicated work that The Document Foundation volunteers have expended on this software. I certainly appreciate their efforts.

  11. Anonymous said on August 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Link to the doc.found not found (foundatioAn)

  12. Butts said on August 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    haha, they accept buttcoin donations

  13. Anonymous said on August 8, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Already updated 3 times my portableapps version last week, currently I run the v6.0.52. Wonder how many versions they have relesead last week??? As I don’t like to play the guinea pig I will wait to update this time, bored.

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