Some Alternatives to Microsoft Word

We all have to use a word processor from time to time. Most often the one we turn to is Microsoft Word. Unfortunately Microsoft Word can be troublesome to use and it can run slowly. And many users don’t utilize all of the features it offers.

Too many features with Word?

The downside of all this extra stuff? Microsoft Word is clunky. It can be slow. And it can be infuriating. The program will automatically indent numbered columns, for instance, even if users don’t want this done. Many times, it underlines “grammar mistakes” that are not really mistakes. Then there are the times when Word forcibly capitalizes words that users don’t want capitalized. There may be ways to turn these functions off, but most users won’t ever find them in the many buttons and links stretched across the top of Microsoft Word.

If you do not use all of the features of Word and are looking for an alternative, there are several out there. The best thing about them is that they don’t cost anything.

Free Word alternatives

One of the best might be WordPad. Chances are good that it’s already available, for free, on users’ Microsoft-powered desktops. This program, which has been available to PC users since the introduction of Windows 95, has gradually evolved from a basic text editor to a more advanced word-processing program that probably offers more than enough features for the majority of users. Users can access WordPad by clicking on Windows’ start button to bring up the “All Programs” option. WordPad will be located in the “Accessories” file.

Word’s online competitors

An online program that may be even better then WordPad is OpenOffice.org Writer. It includes the majority of the features of Word and is very intuitive. Should you be looking to explore some alternatives to Word, OpenOffice.org Writer is worth a shot.

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Posted on: 10.26.12