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LibreOffice 7.4 is out: here’s what you need to know

The LibreOffice 7.4 update is here with many improvements for users to try.

The most recent version of LibreOffice, 7.4, includes regular updates to core modules, such as Calc, Writer, and Impress, which add new features and improve existing ones.

LibreOffice is one of the most popular open source software. This project is also known in the space for being the one that delivers a better experience in every update it rolls out.

In this current version, the compatibility with MS Office has been significantly improved in the software, as well as changes to the main filters.


LibreOffice Update

LibreOffice 7.4 is the fourth major update to the seventh software release.

Its main objective is to improve the interoperability and compatibility of the project with the proprietary document formats used by Microsoft Office.

According to BleepingComputer, the most recent release is the result of efforts by members of a global community of volunteer contributors in addition to developers at The Document Foundation (TDF), Collabora, and RedHat.

Individually, 147 people worked on LibreOffice 7.4 and made 658,000 changes. These individuals were joined by a team of 528 volunteers who offered numerous localization options to support program documentation.

LibreOffice 7.4 is available in 120 languages ​​and supports different architectures such as Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. Version 7.4 is reported to bring dramatic changes from its previous version, 7.3.

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New features in LibreOffice 7.4

According to LibreOffice, this release might have some frustrating bugs for users, but these bugs will be fixed in future releases designated for bug fixes.

With that, here are some of the updates and improvements that will be available in the LibreOffice 7.4 release according to its release notes.

New features for Writer

  • This update has made improvements to table and paragraph borders, making them more compatible with Word.

  • The software now supports erasing breaks and improved deletion and insertion of footnotes.

  • It now supports checkbox content controls, rich text, image, dropdown and date content controls.

  • Writer also has a grammar checker called Language Tool.

  • It can now automatically correct annotations such as italics and bold which are disabled by default.

  • Glyph placement has been improved, and various kerning issues and unwanted character movements have been resolved.

  • Include new settings for optional hyphenation, which can be used to change the flow of text at the paragraph level.

New features for Calc

  • In the drop-down autosum widget located on the formula bar, the functions COUNTA, PRODUCT, STDEV, STDEVP, VAR and VARP have been added.

  • Improve dialog for moving and copying sheets.

  • Improve the readability of long decimal numbers by formatting them as 0.000″-“000”-“000”.

  • Recalculation is accelerated in some documents that contain a lot of formulas.

  • The speed at which a massive CSV file could be opened has been increased.

  • Excel’s export filter has seen its performance improve.

  • Performance improvements have been made when loading spreadsheets that need to be recalculated.

New features for Impress & Draw

  • The beginning of document themes in Impress is a text-based blog post.

  • Additionally, form fill support has been added in the document themes section of the Impress blog post.

  • PPTX interoperability requires that using the slide background as a shape fill is supported.

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