If you need to read an office (Microsoft / LibreOffice) document without a GUI, I will show you some tools to do it.

LibreOffice (CLI)

LibreOffice includes a CLI tool called libreoffice or soffice you can use to do a lot of things. One of them is reading documents directly in the terminal window. Use the parameter --cat to show the content of a text document (ODT and DOC/DOCX).

soffice --cat test.odt


antiword read DOC files and outputs the content in rows of 80 characters by default (you can change this with the -w parameter).

antiword test.doc

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