How to Install, Remove, and Manage Fonts on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Whether you want to use a new font in a Word or just change your operating system’s system font to give it a different look, you’ll first have to install the font on your operating system.
The installation process makes the font available to all programs on your operating system. Most applications don’t allow you to simply load a font file and use it — they provide a list of installed fonts for you to choose from.

Warning: Too Many Fonts Can Slow Down Your Computer

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Having too many fonts installed can slow down your computer. Don’t go out of your way to install a large number of fonts for no particular reason — install only fonts you actually want to use. Don’t uninstall fonts that came with your operating system, but feel free to uninstall fonts you’ve installed after you’re done using them.
This slow-down happens with all operating systems — Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The operating system has to keep track of the larger amount of fonts, and each program that uses fonts will have to load and deal with them.


To install a font on Windows, download it in OpenType (.otf), PostScript Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm), TrueType (.ttf), or TrueType Collection (.ttc) format. Right-click the downloaded font file and select Install. If the font file comes in an archive — such as a .zip file — extract it first.

You’ll find a list of installed fonts in your Fonts folder. Open the Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, and click Fonts to access it. You can also press the Windows key once to open the Start menu or Start screen, type “Fonts” to search your system, and click the Fonts folder shortcut that appears.

From here, you can preview your installed fonts. Uninstall a font by right-clicking it and selecting Delete. To install multiple fonts at once, drag and drop them into the Fonts window.

Mac OS X

To install a font on Mac OS X, download it in OpenType (.otf), TrueType (.ttf), Datafork TrueType Suitcase (.dfont), or an older type of font file Macs supports, like PostScript Type 1. Double-click the downloaded font file to preview it. Click Install Font in the preview window to install it.

You’ll find a list of installed fonts in the Font Book application. To open it, open the Finder, click Applications in the sidebar, and double-click Font Book. You can also open Launchpad and click the Font Book shortcut. To launch it from your keyboard, press Command + Space to open Spotlight search, type “Font Book,” and press Enter.

Preview a font by clicking it. To remove a font, right-click it and select Remove “Font Name” Family. To disable a font you’ve installed, right-click it and select Disable “Font Name” Family. You can then re-enable it from the same menu later.
To install multiple font files at once, drag and drop them onto the Font Book window.


Different Linux distributions come with different desktop environments, and those different desktop environments contain different applications for this.
To install a font, first download it in TrueType (.ttf), PostScript Type 1 (.pfb + .pfm), or OpenType (.otf) format. You can then double-click the font to preview it. On Ubuntu or any other GNOME-based Linux distribution, GNOME Font Viewer will appear. Click the Install button to install the font for your user account.

You can install fonts manually — or install multiple fonts at once — by placing them in your user account’s .fonts directory. First, open your Home directory in a file manager. In Nautilus, click View > Show Hidden Files to view hidden folders. Locate the .fonts folder and double-click it. If it doesn’t exist, right-click in your home directory, create a new folder, and name it .fonts. Place font files in this directory to install them for your user account.

You will need to update your font cache before fonts you place in this folder are available in applications. Open a terminal and run the fc-cache command.

To delete a font, open the .fonts folder in your home directory and delete the font files from there. If you added the font with GNOME Font Viewer, browse to the .local/share/fonts directory in your home folder instead. Run the fc-cache command afterward to unregister the fonts from the system.

If you need to use a very large number of fonts for some reason, you may want to use a font management program. You can load all your fonts into a single program so you can preview and manage them in one place. You can then use the font management program to install the fonts on your system when you need them and uninstall them when you don’t, avoiding slowdowns.

How to Clear Your Dropbox Cache in Windows, macOS, and Linux

When you delete sensitive files from your Dropbox account, you may think you’ve deleted them permanently. However, the files remain in a hidden cache folder on your hard drive for efficiency and emergency purposes that is cleared automatically every three days.
If you need the space, you can manually clear the cache by deleting these files. It won’t save a lot of space permanently, necessarily, but if you deleted a rather large file, it might make a significant difference.

How to Clear the Dropbox Cache in Windows

To access the Dropbox cache folder in Windows, press Windows+X on your keyboard to access the Power User menu and select “Run.”

Type (or copy and paste) the following command in the “Open” edit box on the “Run” dialog box and click “OK.”

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Select all the files and folders in the “.dropbox.cache” folder and press the Delete key to delete them. The files are moved into the Recycle Bin, so you will need to empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them.
NOTE: You can also press “Shift + Delete” to permanently delete them immediately, bypassing the “Recycle Bin,” or securely delete the files.

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You may see the following “File in Use” dialog box when trying to delete files from the “.dropbox.cache” folder. In Windows, all folders containing visual media (image files and movies) have a database of thumbnails (the “thumbs.db” file) that provides thumbnail images for the files if you switch to any of the available thumbnail views in Windows Explorer. When you open a folder containing the “thumbs.db” file, Windows locks that file because it’s in use. Therefore, when you delete the contents of the file, Windows tells you that the “thumbs.db” file can’t be deleted because it’s in use. That’s fine; the rest of your content should be deleted. You can disable Windows thumbnail generation to delete that thumbs.db file if you so choose.

How to Clear the Dropbox Cache on a Mac

The easiest way to clear the Dropbox cache in macOS is to head to the cache folder using the Finder’s “Go to Folder” option. With the Finder open, click Go in the menu bar, then click “Go to Folder”.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+G. Either way, a window will pop up asking you which folder you want to open.

You want to head to ~/Dropbox/.dropbox.cache, assuming your Dropbox folder is in the default location. To quickly explain: the “~” refers to your home folder, “/Dropbox” is your Dropbox folder, and “/.dropbox.cache” is the hidden folder Dropbox uses as its cache.
Hit “Enter,” or click “Go,” and the cache folder will open.

You can browse this to see which files are currently cached, or delete everything by dragging all folders to the Trash folder on your dock.

Just like that, your Mac’s Dropbox cache is empty.

How to Clear the Dropbox Cache in Linux

To delete the items in the Dropbox cache folder in Linux, we’ll show you how using Linux Mint. The procedure is pretty much the same in Ubuntu, and similar in other Linux distributions.
Open your file manager or double-click the “Home” icon on the desktop.

You must make sure hidden files are shown. To do this in Mint, open the “View” menu and make sure there is a check mark in front of the “Show Hidden Files” option. You can also press Ctrl+H to toggle the hidden files view.

Head to your “Dropbox” folder and double-click on it.

In the Dropbox folder, double click the “.dropbox.cache” folder. Note the “.” at the beginning of the folder name. That indicates the folder is a hidden folder.

Select all the folders and files in the .dropbox.cache folder, right-click on them, and select “Delete” (to permanently deletes the files) or “Move to Trash” (to move the files to the Trash).
NOTE: You can also securely delete files in Linux.

If you’ve moved the files to the Trash, you can permanently delete the files by right-clicking on the “Trash” item under “My Computer” in the left pane, and select “Empty Trash” from the popup menu.

Dropbox keeps deleted files on their servers for 30 days. Deleting the cache files on your computer does not affect the deleted files that are stored on their servers. Files deleted from your Dropbox account can still be recovered within 30 days even if you’ve cleared the Dropbox cache folder on your computer.

How to use an Xbox One Controller on Windows, OS X, and Linux

The Xbox One Controller is a fantastic gamepad, and although Microsoft has only recently started bundled the drivers for it in Windows 10, there are drivers available for Windows 7 and 8 on their website. Mac users do not have an official driver, but there is an lightweight open source solution that works well.
For all operating systems, the controller will only connect over the USB cable, not wirelessly, however Microsoft is releasing an adapter later this fall.


Windows Drivers

Windows provides driver downloads on their support page. Be sure to download the correct version (32 bit or 64 bit) for your architecture. After installation, your controller should work fine when plugged in, but it may still be synced with the console. If it is, just turn the console and the controller off, plug in the controller, and turn the controller back on. If you want to use the controller on your Xbox again, you’ll have to do the same process to sync it to the console.
You can check if the controller is working in the Devices panel in the settings, under ‘Connected Devices’. It should display simply as ‘Controller’. Alternatively, the home button on the controller will be lit and not flashing.

Mac Drivers

The Mac driver package, called Xone-OSX, is created by FranticRain on Github. The source code is available, but for anyone wanting a simple package to install, check the releases page. There is a disk image with a package installer that will automatically install the drivers and the System Preferences panel to go along with it.
The controller will register in most Steam games as an input device, and can be configured in the ingame settings, but for anyone looking to use the controller outside of games or map the buttons to specific keys, there is a freeware application, Enjoyable,  which works incredibly well. You can even map the joystick and trigger buttons to control the mouse, which works very well with games like Minecraft or any first-person shooter.
Note that your controller will show up in some menus, including in Enjoyable, as an Xbox 360 controller. There isn’t really a difference internally as both the gamepads have the same layout.

Linux Drivers

Surprisingly, other than Windows 10,  Linux is the only OS in the list to include native support for the Xbox One Controller. If your distro is running any kernel version past 3.17, you are good to go. SteamOS also has support for the controller.

The Best Alternative File Managers for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Most people use their operating system’s included file manager, but many geeks prefer third-party file managers. After all, Windows Explorer doesn’t offer tabs, a dual-pane interface, batch file-renaming tools, and more advanced features.
If you’re happy with your default file manager, that’s fine. These alternatives are really only useful if you’re craving a particular feature not found in your current file manager.



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For as long as Windows Explorer has existed, Windows geeks have yearned for more features. There are many, many Windows Explorer alternatives out there. When installing them, be sure ot watch out for the junkware packed into their installers. The Windows software ecosystem is sick, and  — in general — we hate recommending Windows software downloads for just this reason.
FreeCommander is a good option if you’re looking for tabs, a dual-pane interface, and all the other powerful features a Windows Explorer replacement can offer. Unlike many of the other available applications, it’s available entirely for free — although it isn’t open-source. You’re free to use it all you like, even for commercial purposes. No features are restricted to some sort of professional edition you have to pay for. Multi Commander is similar and also free.

Explorer++ is free and open-source, so it also won’t try to nag you for money or install junk onto your system. It includes tabs, a customizable user interface, file-filtering features, and can even run as a portable app without any installation. It offers a cleaner interview than Free Commander, but without the dual-pane view and some other powerful features. If all you want is a tabbed interface and a few other things, this is a great option

Other file manager replacements include Xplorer2, XYplorer, Directory Opus, and Total Commander. All of these programs offer paid editions they want you to purchase. There are free versions available for most of them — Xplorer2 Lite, XYplorer Free, and Directory Opus Light. They often lack many of the more powerful features found in the paid versions, but they’ll provide you with many of the features found in the paid versions.

Mac OS X

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The Finder app included with Mac OS X does the basics, but it can certainly leave you wanting. As usual on Mac OS X, many of the alternative file-manager options available to you are generally paid software. You’ll have to shell out a few bucks to use them. On the bright side, this means that they see more development than many alternative Windows file managers, and their business model is selling software instead of trying to load your computer with crapware in their installers.
Cocoatech’s Path Finder is probably the most popular Finder replacement for Mac OS X, and we covered it as one of the best options if you want to merge folders on your Mac. It also includes a dual-pane interface and other powerful features. Developers in particular can get a lot of use out of its intergrated Git and Subeersion support, as well as easy access to a terminal.
Path Finder costs $40, but you can use the free 30-day trial to determine if you actually need all those fancy features.

If you want some of these advanced features — like a dual-pane interface — but don’t want to spend money on this type of program, try XtraFinder. It’a free application that adds features to the Finder, including a dual-pane interface, a copy queue, global hotkeys, and many new menu options. It doesn’t include nearly as many advanced features as Path Finder does, but most people don’t need all those bonus features. This could hit a good sweet spot for many people.


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It’s hard to talk about alternative file managers for Linux, as every desktop environment tends to include its own unique file manager. These file managers also tend to see more development and often include advanced features you’d only find in alternative file managers on other operating systems. But, thanks to the modularity of the Linux desktop, you could actually run a different desktop environment’s file manager on your current desktop.
For example, GNOME and Ubuntu’s Unity desktop include the Nautilus file manager. KDE includes the Dolphin file manager, Xfce includes the Thunar file manager, and LXDE includes PCManFM. Each file manager has its own unique features — for example, Xfce’s Thunar file manager includes an integrated Bulk Rename tool for quickly batch-renaming files.

Every file manager tends to match its desktop environment in philosophy. For example, GNOME’s Nautilus file manager is shedding features with every release, chasing GNOME’s goal of simplicity and minimalism. Dolphin is more feature-heavy and uses the Qt toolkit instead of GNOME and Xfce’s GTK toolkit. Thunar, like Xfce itself, is a more minimal, barebones file manager that still has everything you need and gets the job done. Like LXDE itself, the PCManFM file manager offers a fairly minimal, lightweight interface.
Perform a search for “file manager” or something similar in your Linux distribution’s package management interface and you’ll find a lot of options.

So, do we think everyone needs to hunt down an alternative file manager? Not at all. We’ve usually been happy with the integrated file managers, which are there and get the job done if you don’t need anything special.
But lots of geeks do love their alternative file managers, and for good reason. They offer powerful features that can save you a lot of time if you need them.

How to Find Your Firefox Profile Folder on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Your Firefox profile stores your settings and personal information, such as your home page, bookmarks, extensions (add-ons), toolbars, and saved passwords. All this information is stored in a profile folder that keeps your data separate from the Firefox program, so if anything goes wrong with Firefox, your information is preserved.
If you ever run into any problems with Firefox, trying a new profile can help you troubleshoot. Or, if you have a customization that requires you to find your profile folder, you’ll need to go hunting.
The default location for Firefox’s profile folder differs depending on your platform. The default locations are:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default
  • Mac OS X El Capitan: Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/xxxxxxxx.default
  • Linux: /home/<username>/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default

Just replace <username> with the name of your user folder. The default profile folder is named using eight random letters and numbers with .default on the end (hence our placeholders above, xxxxxxxx.default ). For example, one of ours was called  hfoo2h79.default .
To back up your profile(s), copy the folder(s) in the Profiles folder to an external hard drive or a cloud service. You can also delete your profile folder if you want to start Firefox from a fresh state.
If you really want to get your hands dirty, you can set up multiple profiles with different settings, bookmarks, extensions, and toolbars in each. This is useful if you want to test things like extensions, or troubleshoot problems in Firefox without messing up your main profile. You could even have different profiles for different users, or different situations like “Work” and “Personal”.
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How to Mount ISOs and Other Disc Images on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Disc images have become more useful than ever on modern PCs that often lack CD and DVD drives. Create ISO files and other types of disc images and you can “mount” them, accessing the virtual discs as if they were physical discs inserted into your computer.
You can also use these image files to burn copies of the original discs later, creating duplicate copies. Disc image files contain a complete representation of a disc.


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Windows 10 allows you to mount both .ISO and .IMG disc image files without any third-party software. Just double-click a .ISO or .IMG disc image you want to make available. If this doesn’t work, you should be able to click the “Disk Image Tools” tab on the ribbon and click “Mount.” It will appear under Computer as if it were inserted into a physical disc drive.
This feature was added back in Windows 8, so it will also work on Windows 8 and 8.1.
To unmount the disc later, right-click the virtual disc drive and select “Eject.” The disc will be unmounted and the virtual disc drive will disappear from the Computer window until you mount a disc in it again.

To mount ISO or IMG images on Windows 7 — or to mount images in other formats, such as BIN/CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, or CCD — we recommend the free, open-source, and simple WinCDEmu utility.
Just right-click an image file after installing it, click “Select drive letter & mount,” and you can mount other types of images Windows doesn’t support.
Some other third-party utilities have additional support for emulating various copy-protection technologies, allowing copy-protected discs to function normally. However, such techniques are being phased out and aren’t even supported by modern versions of Windows.

Mac OS X

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On a Mac, double-clicking common disc image formats will mount them. This is why you can simply double-click a downloaded .DMG file to access its contents and install Mac applications, for example.
The DiskImageMounter application that handles this can also mount .ISO, .IMG, .CDR, and other types of image files. Just double-click the file to mount it. If this doesn’t work, Option-click or right-click a file, point to “Open With,” and select “DiskImageMounter.”
When you’re done, just click the “Eject” button next to the mounted image in the Finder’s sidebar to eject it and unmount it — just like you’d unmount a .DMG image when you’re done with it.

You can also try mounting the disc image file by opening the Disk Utility application. Press Command+Space, type Disk Utility, and press Enter to open it. Click the “File” menu, select “Open Image,” and select the disc image you want to mount.


Ubuntu’s Unity desktop and GNOME include an “Archive Mounter” application that can mount ISO files and similar image files graphically. To use it, right-click an .ISO file or another type of disc image, point to Open With, and select “Disk Image Mounter.”
You can later unmount the image by clicking the eject icon next to the mounted image in the sidebar.

You can also mount an .ISO file or another disc image with a Linux terminal command. This is particularly useful if you’re just using the command line, or if you’re using a Linux desktop that doesn’t provide a tool to make this easy. (Of course, graphical tools for mounting ISO files and similar images may be available in your Linux distribution’s software repositories.)
To mount an ISO or IMG file on Linux, first open a Terminal window from your Linux desktop’s applications menu. First, type the following command to create the /mnt/image folder. You can create practically any folder you like — you just have to create a directory where you’ll mount the image. The contents of the disc image will be accessible at this location later.

sudo mkdir /mnt/image

Next, mount the image with the following command. Replace “/home/NAME/Downloads/image.iso” with the path to the ISO, IMG, or other type of disc image you want to mount.

sudo mount -o loop /home/NAME/Downloads/image.iso /mnt/image

To unmount the disc image later, just use the umount command:

sudo umount /mnt/image

Some guides recommend you add “-t iso9660” to the command. However, this isn’t actually helpful — it’s best to let the mount command automatically detect the required file system.
If you’re trying to mount a more obscure type of disc image format that the mount command can’t automatically detect and mount in this way, you may need commands or tools designed specifically for working with that type of image file format.

This should “just work” on most modern operating systems, allowing you to mount and use ISO images and other common types of image files in a few clicks. Windows 7 users will have the toughest time, as it isn’t integrated into that older version of Windows, but WinCDEmu is a lightweight and easy way to accomplish this.

How to Create ISO Files From Discs on Windows, Mac, and Linux

ISO files are disc images — complete images of a CD or DVD bundled in a single file. This file can then be “mounted” and made available as a virtual CD or DVD, allowing you to convert physical discs to virtual ones.
This is particularly useful if you want to use old game or software discs on a modern computer that doesn’t have a disc drive. Note that some DRM copy protection schemes won’t work with ISO files unless you jump through additional hoops.


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Windows doesn’t have a built-in way to easily create ISO files, although modern versions of Windows — Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 — can all natively mount ISO files without any additional software.
To actually create an ISO file from your own physical disc, you’ll need to get a third-party program that can do so. There are many, many tools for this — and many of them are packed with junkware. Beware!
InfraRecorder does a fine job of this and is free, open-source software that doesn’t include junkware. Insert a disc, click the “Read Disc” button, and select a source drive to read from and destination ISO file to create.
And, as usual when downloading Windows freeware, Ninite is a safe place to get a variety of other tools for doing this, such as ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP. Some of these programs — like ImgBurn — do include junkware in their installers if you get them from elsewhere.

Mac OS X

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On a Mac, you can use Disk Utility to create images of discs. To open it, press Command+Space to open the Spotlight search box, type “Disk Utility”, and press Enter.
Insert a disc, click the File menu, and point to New > Disc Image from [Device]. Select “DVD/CD master” as the format and leave encryption disabled. Mac OS X will create a .cdr file from the disc. On a Mac, this is practically just as good as an ISO file. You can “mount” it from within the Disk Utility application by clicking File > Open Disk Image.

Assuming you just want to use the .cdr file on a Mac, you can leave it as a .cdr file. But, if you want to convert it to an ISO file to use on other operating systems, you can do it with a Terminal command. Open a Terminal window and run the following command:

hdiutil convert /home/username/original.cdr -format UDTO -o /home/username/destination.iso

Replace “/home/username/original.cdr” with the path to the CDR file and “/home/username/destination.iso” with a path for the ISO file you want to create.
You may also be able to just rename the .cdr file to an .iso file in many cases, although this isn’t always guaranteed to work.


On Linux, you can do this from the terminal or with a disc-burning utility your Linux distribution may include. For example, Ubuntu uses the Brasero disc-burning utility. Open the Brasero Disc Burner, click “Disc Copy,” and you can choose to copy an inserted disc to an “Image File.” Other Linux distributions and desktops may include other, similar tools. Look for a CD/DVD-related utility and it should have an option to copy a disc to an ISO disc image file.

Creating an ISO file from the terminal is as simple as running the below command;

sudo dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/home/username/image.iso

Replace “/dev/cdrom” with the path to your CD drive — for example, it may be “/dev/dvd” instead — and “/home/username/cd.iso” with the path to the ISO file you want to create.
Resulting disc images can be mounted with the “mount” command in a terminal or with graphical tools that basically just provide a prettier interface over the mount command.

Once you have your ISO files, you can copy them to a computer’s hard drive, store them on a USB drive, or make them available on the network. Any computer without a disc drive can read them and use them as a virtual disc.

How to Find Your LibreOffice Profile Folder in Windows, macOS, and Linux

The LibreOffice user profile is where all user-related data is stored, such as extensions, custom dictionaries, and templates. When you uninstall or update LibreOffice, the user profile is preserved.
You may want to back up you LibreOffice user profile in case you install LibreOffice on another computer or change any of the Expert Configurations, such as the number of actions you can undo, which may harm your profile.
We’ll show you where to find your LibreOffice user profile on Windows, macOS, and Linux. However, you can also check the path to your LibreOffice user profile in the LibreOffice Options, and we’ll show you how to do that also for each operating system.



To find out where your user profile is located in LibreOffice for Windows, open any of the LibreOffice programs and go to Tools > Options.

On the Options dialog box, click “Paths” under LibreOffice. The list of all the paths for the different types of data used in LibreOffice displays on the left. The main path to the user profile in LibreOffice in Windows is:
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user

Substitute your user name for <user name> in the above path. For example, the user profile in our example is located at C:\Users\Lori\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user.
NOTE: You need to show hidden files and folders to be able to access your LibreOffice user profile folder.

Now, you can go to your user profile folder in File (or Windows) Explorer and back it up to an external drive, network drive, or cloud service. Copy the entire user folder.

If you’re running a portable version of LibreOffice on Windows, the user profile folder is located in the \Data\settings\user folder in the folder where you installed the program. For example, for our portable version of LibreOffice, the user profile folder is at C:\Users\Lori\Documents\Portable Software\LibreOffice\Data\settings\user.


To find out where your user profile is located in LibreOffice for Mac, open any of the LibreOffice programs and go to LibreOffice > Preferences.

On the Options dialog box, click “Paths” under LibreOffice.

The list of all the paths for the different types of data used in LibreOffice displays on the left. The main path to the user profile in LibreOffice for Mac is:
/Users/<user name>/Library/Application Support/LibreOffice/4/user

Substitute your user name for <user name> in the above path. For example, the user profile in our example is located at /Users/lorikaufman/Library/Application Support/LibreOffice/4/user.
NOTE: If you don’t see the Library folder in your home folder, you need to show it.

Now, you can go to your user profile folder in Finder and back it up to an external drive, network drive, or cloud service. Copy the entire user folder.


To find out where your user profile is located in LibreOffice for Linux, open any of the LibreOffice programs and go to Tools > Options.

On the Options dialog box, click “Paths” under LibreOffice. The list of all the paths for the different types of data used in LibreOffice displays on the left. The main path to the user profile in LibreOffice in Linux is:

The tilde character (~) is a shortcut for your Home directory, which in our example, is /home/lori. So, the full path for the directory in the above command is /home/lori/.config/libreoffice/4/user.
NOTE: This path applies to the LibreOffice packages distributed by The Document Foundation. If you installed LibreOffice using the software center in your Linux distribution, such as the Ubuntu Software Center, the path to the user profile folder might be different.

Now, you can go to your user profile folder in your distro’s file manager and back it up to an external drive, network drive, or cloud service. Copy the entire user folder.