The Document Foundation has announced release of LibreOffice 5.3, latest stable release of popular free and open source office suite. This release introduces a lot of new proffessional quality features which makes it more competing with other proprietary office suites. It will be immediately available for windows, GNU/Linux and macOS platforms and also for cloud platforms.

LibreOffice 5.3 is a major milestone in the history projects. It introduces new features like online collaborative editing, which will increase the competency of project, also this release provides a lot of incremental improvements to make it more reliable, smooth and user friendly.

LibreOffice 5.3 with Notebookbar

The major highlights in LibreOffice 5.3 can be summarized as follows:

  • Introduces LibreOffice Online, a cloud based office suite that offers basic collaborative editing features on a web browsers. It is basically a server service and should be expected and configured by adding a cloud storage and SSL certificate.
  • An experimental ribbon UI (MUFFIN - My User Friendly & Flexible INterface)
  • Keyboard shortcuts can now be displayed in context menus, and are enabled by default on Windows and Linux.
  • To help you work better with filled shapes, the Area dialog has been simplified and includes a new Patterns section, for better compatibility with other office software.
  • Additionally, if you want to fill a shape with a custom bitmap image, you can now import a new image directly from the sidebar.
  • It's now possible to insert PDFs into your documents as images, with the first page being shown.
  • Furthermore, you can sign existing PDF files, and verify those signatures as well.
  • Colour palette management has been simplified, and new palettes have been added for professional graphic and layout workflows.
  • New items have been added to the Help menu, including quick links to user guides and community support forums.
  • A Safe Mode is now available, to help you find and fix problems with your user profile or extensions.
  • Text layout has been unified for consistency across operating systems, while file format compatibility has been improved as well.
  • Finally, LibreOffice 5.3 is the first full source code release of LibreOffice online, a browser-based version of the suite that you can run on your private cloud infrastructure.


  • In LibreOffice 5.3, Writer has some great new features to make your documents shine.
  • Table styles are now supported, letting you apply formatting to a table which is preserved when you make edits to it.
  • A new Page deck in the sidebar lets you quickly customise page settings without having to go through a separate dialog box.
  • For faster navigation, a new Go to Page box lets you jump to another page in the document with just a few keypresses.
  • In the drawing tools, arrows that were previously only available in Draw and Impress can now be used in Writer.
  • Lastly, the toolbar includes a new Small Capitals button, and this formatting can also be applied via macros.


  • LibreOffice 5.3 has many improvements in Calc, to help you work smarter with spreadsheets.
  • A new set of default cell styles are now available, with greater variety and better names than in previous releases.
  • In fresh installations, "Enable wildcards in formulas" is now the default option, rather than regular expressions, to improve compatibility with other spreadsheet software.
  • When you're creating pivot tables, a new median function is now available.
  • The merge cells feature now lets you empty the contents of cells that are hidden after the merge.
  • Finally, when you're inserting a function, a new text entry box lets you narrow down the functions you're looking for.

Impress & Draw

  • In LibreOffice 5.3, Impress has been updated to make your presentations really stand out.
  • When you launch the software, a template selector now appears to get you off to a quick start.
  • Two new attractive templates have been included by default, whileothers have been improved as well.
  • When you're inserting images from a photo album, it's now possible to link these images so that they're not saved in the document itself.
  • Lastly, in slide master mode, slide properties are now available in the sidebar.

For more details, see release announcement published in document foundation blog.