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Free Microsoft Word Substitue Software

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by glock22357, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. glock22357

    glock22357 Got Ammo???

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    Is there any free software available on the interwebz that can be used to replace Word for working on documents? My computer had a short-term version of Microsoft Word for Students and it's long expired.

    The problem this causes is that I can't do my job searches (really the application/resume part) at home, and requires that I got to the library.

    I appreciate any help ya'll can provide. I've searched on google and found nothing.
     
  2. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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  3. MedicOni

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    Open office. I've used it for years and it's awesome. IT can open damn near every type of document
     
  4. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

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    I use open office as a substitute for microsoft's over priced office suit....
     
  5. gemeinschaft

    gemeinschaft AKA Fluffy316

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    Another vote for Open Office.
     
  6. frank_drebin

    frank_drebin 1-man flash mob

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    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    Open Offiice (used to be Star Office) is great.
     
  8. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    OpenOffice and Libre Office are full office suites. For just word processing like MS Word, Abiword is lightweight and fast. Microsoft has free document viewers available to open other types of MS Office documents without requiring a full office suite program.
     
  9. IndyGunFreak

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    I'm not sure about the Windows version, but on Linux, you can choose to just install "Word" or "Spreadsheet" application, rather than installing the whole suite.

    IGF
     
  10. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    Abiword is smaller and, lighter and faster.
     
  11. IndyGunFreak

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    Yeah, but that really wasn't my point... My point was, is you can just install the Word Processor, if you don't want the whole suite.

    I've gotten kinda hooked on "Word" over the years.. :)

    IGF
     
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  12. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    The Abiword installer is a 7.94 MB download, the OpenOffice installer is a 137 MB download, the Libre Office installer is a 213 MB download. even only choosing the Word processor results in a slower program than Abiword that takes a lot longer just to open after it's installed. The programs "look" and function about about the same.
     
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  13. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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  14. boomhower

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    Open Office is a great piece of software and free to boot. Can't go wrong there.
     
  15. IndyGunFreak

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    You don't seem to get it... I'm not disputing that Abiword is lighter than Open Office Word Processor. You stated Open Office and Libre Office were full Office Suites(which they are)... and I simply pointed out it's pretty to just install the app you want.
     
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    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

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    I get it and I have used all of them. OpenOffice Writer takes about 10 times as long to open as Abiword. Just to install OpenOffice Writer requires a 137 MB download. The Abiword installer is 7.94 MB.
     
  18. IndyGunFreak

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    Again though, the OP said nothing about needing a "light" program... While I don't disagree Abiword is lighter, it's irrelevant to the discussion. I'm not really sure why it would matter how large the installer download is. What, 10min to download, vs 2min? You can say, "Well, he may be on dial up".. Yeah, he may be, but he didn't relay that as a concern (just as he didn't say he was worried about how "light" the word processor is)

    Again, i see you're point, but I don't think its relevant at all. You keep pouncing on how "light" it is, when that really wasn't the point of the thread (or anything I've said up to this point).
     
  19. CitizenOfDreams

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    Depends on what you want to do with it.

    I use MS Word 97 (which is not free but can be bought for as little as $15 on eBay). There are freely downloadable updates for it that let you open .docx files created in newer versions of Word.
     
  20. evilspringer

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    Can use just use Wordpad? It is already included in windows and it is Word compatible.