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How to install WPS Office on Chrome OS

WPS Office is a comprehensive office suite for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. It offers a complete set of presentation creation, spreadsheet processing, and word processing tools in a user-friendly interface. In addition, it supports a wide range of formats, including Microsoft Office. Here’s how to get WPS Office working on your Chromebook.

WPS Office hero image.

How to Enable Linux on Your Chromebook

If you’re using a Chromebook that supports virtualization, there’s good news: you can run Linux apps on Chrome OS. Kick things off by finding the clock icon on the Chrome OS dashboard. Click it, and you’ll see several options. Choose the “gear” icon to open up the Chrome OS settings.

In the settings, your next stop is the “Advanced” section. Click on the down arrow next to it to reveal a bunch of advanced settings that Chrome OS offers, including the “Developers” category.

Under the “Developers” section, you’ll find all the Linux-related settings you need. Keep an eye out for the “Linux development environment” and give it a click. Then, get Linux apps up and running on your Chrome OS by hitting the “Turn on” button. This action starts setting up the Linux LXC container.

Once you’ve got Linux enabled, head back to the Chrome OS dashboard on your Chromebook. Now, look for the “Terminal” and open it up. In the Terminal, find and select “Penguin.” This will launch the command-line interface of your Linux container.

Here’s where you run the apt update and upgrade commands in the terminal. These commands are crucial for keeping your Linux container loaded with the latest software.

sudo apt update

When you run this command, your Linux container will start checking for software updates and refresh your software sources.

Next up is the upgrade command. This one installs all the latest updates for your packages. Just a heads up, this process might take a little time to complete.

sudo apt upgrade -y

And that’s it! Once you’ve got all the latest updates installed for your Linux container, you’re all set to install Linux apps like WPS Office on your Chromebook.

How to Install WPS Office on Chrome OS – Flatpak

WPS Office displaying a document being edited.

The best way to get WPS Office on Chrome OS is via the Flathub app store as a Flatpak. To start the installation process, open up the Chrome OS terminal. Once it is open, find the “Penguin” option, and select it with the mouse.

When you’ve selected “Penguin,” you’ll have access to the Linux terminal on your Chromebook. From here, use the apt install command to install the “flatpak” package on your system.

sudo apt install flatpak

With the Flatpak runtime set up on your Chromebook, you’ll now need to set up the Flathub app store. You can do this by entering the following flatpak remote-add command in the terminal.

flatpak --user remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that the Flathub app store is enabled on your system, WPS Office can be easily installed using the flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub com.wps.Office

Once the command above finishes running you’ll have WPS Office installed on your Chrome OS device. WPS Office is accessible via the “Linux apps” menu.

How to Install WPS Office on Chrome OS – DEB

WPS Office displaying the word processor view with nothing in it.

Another way to install WPS Office is via the downloadable DEB package. To get your hands on this DEB package, start by launching a terminal on the Chrome OS desktop. Once it is open, find “Penguin,” and select it with the mouse.

After selecting the “Penguin” option, use the wget command to download WPS Office to your Chromebook.

wget https://archive.org/download/wps-office_11.1.0.11708.XA_amd64/wps-office_11.1.0.11708.XA_amd64.deb

Once the package is downloaded to your Chromebook, the installation can begin. Using the apt install command, set up the package on your Chrome OS device.

sudo apt install ./wps-office_11.1.0.11708.XA_amd64.deb

When you enter the command above, the terminal will ask you to press the ‘Y’ key to confirm you wish to install the software on your Chromebook. Press ‘Y’ on the keyboard to continue.

Upon selecting the ‘Y’ button on the keyboard, the software will begin installing on your Chromebook. This process will take a few seconds to complete. When the installation process is done, you’ll be able to access the WPS Office suite from the “Linux apps” menu in the Chrome OS app menu.

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