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Change LibreOffice Default Look and Feel

Last updated on July 22, 2020

LibreOffice 6.1+ comes with different user interface options and icon styles. Here’s how they look and how to apply them.

LibreOffice 6.1 introduced some major and visible improvements which were long due. Among all, this version comes with options to choose cool icon styles and user interfaces.

How to Change LibreOffice Default Look and Feel

Icon Styles

LibreOffice 6.1 is having below list of cool icon sets:

  • elementary
elementary - Icon Style
elementary – Icon Style
  • Breeze
Breeze - Icon Style
Breeze – Icon Style
  • Tango
Tango - Icon Style
Tango – Icon Style
  • Karasa Jaga
Karasa Jaga - Icon Style
Karasa Jaga – Icon Style
  • Colibre
Colibre - Icon Style
Colibre – Icon Style
  • Sifr Dark



For Linux, elementary is the default icon set. And for Windows – Colibre. All the icon styles are modern looking and carefuly designed by maintaining a standard to align with other Office products.

How to apply Icon Styles in LibreOffice

  • Open LibreOffice.
  • Go to Tools > Options.
  • Under View section, you can find the Icon Style drop-down. Select the Icon Style you want.
Option - View - Icons
Option – View – Icons

You can also change the other options related to Icons – such as – Toolbar Icon Size etc.

  • Press ok. And you can see the new Icon Style applied in toolbar.

User Interface

LibreOffice slowly moving towards developing more modern interface options along with traditional standard toolbar type. Most popular office products have tabbed, grouped icons today. It is an evolution towards that.

LibreOffice 6.1 comes with below types of User interfaces and quick look at them.  Do keep in mind that below user interface options are still experimental.

Contextual Group


Contextual Single

Contextual Single
Contextual Single



Tabbed Compact

Tabbed Compact
Tabbed Compact

Grouped Bar

Grouped Bar
Grouped Bar

Grouped Bar Compact

Grouped Bar Compact
Grouped Bar Compact

How to Change User Interface in LibreOffice

Follow below steps to change the user interface.

  • Open LibreOffice.
  • Go to menu Tools > Options. Under Advanced, select Enable Experimental Features.
  • Go to menu View > User Interface.
  • Select your option.
User Interfaces - LibreOffice
User Interfaces – LibreOffice
  • You can now see the toolbar is changed with new user interface.

Watch Video

You can have a look at the below video on how to change the default look of LibreOffice. 

Video Link


  • If you select Tabbed, Grouped Bar UI option – you can find the Menu option at the extreme right section to go back top UI chooser.
  • If you are looking for Dark Mode in LibreOffice in a combination with above icon and toolbar styles, check out the below article.


If you are interested in LibreOffice and want to give it a try, head over to below link for download options and details:

Download LibreOffice


New styles and UI options definitely gives LibreOffice an edge among other free Office suites and this is step in the right direction for user adoption and user base increase. The UI options are still in development (may not work properly for all components – Impress, Draw etc as they are experimental) – and in coming days it would be available for all components.

Drop a comment below if you have any questions. 

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  1. André André September 5, 2018

    Is this performing better than Open Office?

    • arindam arindam Post author | September 5, 2018

      Not sure. However, LibreOffice’s new modern looks and approaches looks promising.

  2. Kat C. Kat C. April 30, 2020

    Is there any way to get a dark theme? I look at computers for my job and much of my free time and find that bright white backgrounds tend to give me eyestrain. I can’t seem to find any way to change the appearance to be darker. I’d even be willing to make the graphics for one, if anyone is willing to show me how to apply it.

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