Microsoft Word alternative?

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#1  Edited By ItBeStefYo

I stupidly uninstalled my starter pack of office so does anyone have some good recommendations for free programs that can open .doc files properly and nice to use?

(wordpad is the worst)

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#2  Edited By fattony12000

@ItBeStefYo said:

I stupidly uninstalled my starter pack of office so does anyone have some good recommendations for free programs that can open .doc files properly and nice to use?

(wordpad is the worst)

http://www.openoffice.org/

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#4  Edited By Ravenlight

@Fattony12000 said:

@ItBeStefYo said:

I stupidly uninstalled my starter pack of office so does anyone have some good recommendations for free programs that can open .doc files properly and nice to use?

(wordpad is the worst)

http://www.openoffice.org/

@Kidavenger said:

You can get the live suite for free from microsoft, it comes with a word processor. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/essentials-other-programs

Google docs and open office are probably the two most popular alternatives for a full office suite though.

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#5  Edited By SamStrife

Google Docs fool...

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#6  Edited By Joker369

I use Open Office.

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#7  Edited By JasonR86

@Fattony12000 said:

@ItBeStefYo said:

I stupidly uninstalled my starter pack of office so does anyone have some good recommendations for free programs that can open .doc files properly and nice to use?

(wordpad is the worst)

http://www.openoffice.org/

Came in here to say this. Open Office is what I use for everything I do. It's so much more functional and usable then Microsoft Office ever was for me.

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#8  Edited By Sooty

Google Docs or Microsoft's online version of Word?

You can use Google Docs offline too, kinda. If you really want an offline solution then I guess your best bet is OpenOffice, I believe a new contender to the free Office suite space entered the fray recently but I forgot the name.

edit: I'm kinda dealing with this myself for my work/uni laptop, it's a toss up between the Mac version of Word (which is kind of gross) or Google Docs. I think I'll use Docs but worried about assignments not playing nice when my lecturers open them in Word for marking.

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#9  Edited By szlifier

If you use Open Office remember to ALWAYS SAVE AS .DOC format.

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#11  Edited By toowalrus

Just... google docs, dude. Never email a document to yourself again.

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#12  Edited By meteora

Google Docs, if you have constant internet access. Its by far the best (though it has its share of quirky issues).

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#13  Edited By TyCobb

If you use OpenOffice, you should be using LibreOffice. Oracle has practically given up on OpenOffice after major contributors forked the project to become LibreOffice. Oracle started pissing off the community that actually make the product and so they split.

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#14  Edited By ShaggE

OpenOffice is great, but I personally prefer Google Docs.

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#15  Edited By Ben_H

On Windows I use Google Docs or old Microsoft Word 2003. On Mac I use IA Writer. I love minimalist text editors.

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#17  Edited By mosespippy

I use Write Room on the mac. I believe the windows equivalent is called Kill The Lights. Other than that I use Pages or Goggle Docs. I really hate Open Office.

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#19  Edited By Ben_H
@mosespippy said:

I use Write Room on the mac. I believe the windows equivalent is called Kill The Lights.

Yeah Write Room has a similar philosophy to IA Writer. I must admit, I didn't realize how big of a difference it would make. It does help a ton with concentration for me.
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#20  Edited By ajamafalous

OpenOffice.

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#21  Edited By indiana_jenkins

I'm in the Google Docs camp, but I've used Open Office, which is okay.

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#22  Edited By dabe

AbiWord isn't bad if you just want the word processor, used to use it to write professionally (freelancing all over the world!).

I also now teach courses in IT where students can use OpenOffice, it's capable of doing what you'll likely need from it. Though LibreOffice is the jazzier option.

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#23  Edited By imsh_pl

Google Docs, LibreOffice

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#24  Edited By Scrawnto

As I understand it, LibreOffice is the new jam as far as free office suites go, at least until Apache graduates the incubator project they are basing off of OpenOffice. I haven't actually used it myself though.

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#25  Edited By BraveToaster

I used Open Office for a few months, but I noticed that the formatting of a document gets all screwed up when you save it as a Word compatible file. It was a bit of an inconvenience to my professors when they analyzed my assignments, so I switched to Google Docs. I eventually caved and got Office with the student discount.

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#26  Edited By Jrinswand

I have OpenOffice on my computer, but I never use it because it is terrible, especially if you are somebody who uses word processors a lot.

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#27  Edited By c_rakestraw

@mosespippy said:

I use Write Room on the mac. I believe the windows equivalent is called Kill The Lights.

It's called DarkRoom, actually.

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#28  Edited By ArtisanBreads

@Jrinswand said:

I have OpenOffice on my computer, but I never use it because it is terrible, especially if you are somebody who uses word processors a lot.

Yeah that shits fucking awful. I actually like Google Docs quite a bit and its useful for school as I do a lot of work at home then at the library or whatever. Also good for group work when that comes up.

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#29  Edited By Sursh

Everyone suggestiong Open Office, no argument coming from this direction.