Microsoft Word

Word processing component of Office 2003.

Application Details:

Version: 2003
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0.1

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

- Installation

- Running

- Saving and opening files

What does not


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 06 20216.0.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumGMP79 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 08 20172.16-stagingYes Yes NoBronzeVlad 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Sep 24 20161.9.19Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 24 20161.9.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 12.3 x86_64Feb 12 20141.7.12N/A Yes SilverRosanne 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7156 Multiple apps need wingdings.ttf NEW View
12209 Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 File Formats does not work for PowerPoint or Excel 2003 NEW View
14127 Microsoft Office 2003 - mouse scroll and combo boxes behavior NEW View
14966 Cannot insert clip art in MS Word/Publisher in Office XP/2003 NEW View
15241 Microsoft Office 2007: Cannot updated IME dictionary NEW View
17450 No icons for printers in PowerPoint & Word 2003 dialog NEW View
24289 Office Word 2007 : Drag from native apps, drop to word doesn't work NEW View
25460 Word/Excel 2003: File->Properties dialog TAB key inserts extra tab symbol instead of just skipping to next text box NEW View
29255 Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 & 2010 applications do not print OTF NEW View
33756 Word 2003: Formula symbols get outside formula frame UNCONFIRMED View
41237 Repeatable unhandled exception in Word 2003 UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


(Updated 2011-08-31)

Thesaurus: To get the thesaurus to work, set riched20.dll to (native) in winecfg, Note that you do not have to copy the dll from a Windows partition or use winetricks to install it. Office 2003 installs its own version of richedit in a private directory, but Wine will not use it unless you set the override. Do not set the override globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix.

Bullets: All but two of the default bullets are from the Wingdings font.  If you want them to look the same as on Windows, install that font. 

gdiplus: starting with ­1.1.38, set to native, builtin. This override is not needed for earlier versions, as prior to 1.1.38 the default behavior was to favor gdiplus that was installed ­by the app itself.Do not set the override globally unless Office is installed in a separate wineprefix.  If using native gdiplus causes Word to crash, the most likely cause is nonconformant ttf fonts installed on your system. (Ubuntu in particular is known to be afflicted.) Run winetricks fontfix to fix this.

Known Regressions

(updated 2014-02-12)

1.5.15--1.5.25: equation editor does not work

1.1.35: files cannot be saved. Fixed in 1.1.36