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Windows 7: Microsoft Word Alternative

08 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7: Ultimate (64 Bit)
 
 
Microsoft Word Alternative

I'm looking for a lightweight program that does everything that MSWORD does? Any suggestions?

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08 Aug 2010   #2
whs
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Try Open Office. Not sure whether you would consider it lightweight, but it does most everything that Office 2007 does. And it is free. The next best would be Wordpad. But hat has a lot less function than Word.
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08 Aug 2010   #3

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Openoffice is most commonly mentioned, but you can't use the word lightweight in conjunction with it I found this, a start:

http://www.reviewsaurus.com/online-o...-alternatives/

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08 Aug 2010   #4

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Well I have this installed on my flash disk so I always have my favourite apps with me all the time Portable App Directory | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives Great when you work on a lot of different PC's and never know what you may come across
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08 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7: Ultimate (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
Well I have this installed on my flash disk so I always have my favourite apps with me all the time Portable App Directory | PortableApps.com - Portable software for USB drives Great when you work on a lot of different PC's and never know what you may come across
Nice, is that site you can download the portable straight from it? Isn't pirated? - If you can, cool site!
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08 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Armpits View Post
I'm looking for a lightweight program that does everything that MSWORD does? Any suggestions?
Personally, I use OOo, and I set the defaults for Microsoft products, but, you might want to take a look at AbiWord. I haven't used it, but, I assume it's available for Windows 7, and it's well thought of in the open source community...

AbiWord


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08 Aug 2010   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Openoffice id most commonly mentioned, but you can't use the word lightweight in conjunction with it I found this, a start:
Really? The entire openoffice suite with all available plugins (370 MB on one of my older boxes) takes up less HDD space than MS Word 2010 alone (910 MB). In linux, openoffice apps start with 0 delay. Click the icon and it's there instantly. Not quite as fast in windows, but still a lot faster and lighter than Word. I'm sure there's something out there lighter that that, but can it read and edit .docx documents?
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08 Aug 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

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In linux, openoffice apps start with 0 delay. Click the icon and it's there instantly.
I assume that this is a matter of your system configuration. In my system, Word or PP start instantly too - but they are on a SSD.
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08 Aug 2010   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Openoffice id most commonly mentioned, but you can't use the word lightweight in conjunction with it I found this, a start:
Really? The entire openoffice suite with all available plugins (370 MB on one of my older boxes) takes up less HDD space than MS Word 2010 alone (910 MB). In linux, openoffice apps start with 0 delay. Click the icon and it's there instantly. Not quite as fast in windows, but still a lot faster and lighter than Word. I'm sure there's something out there lighter that that, but can it read and edit .docx documents?
I'm remembering (perhaps incorrectly) a huge download of Open Office years ago. Sorry if I was mistaken. A Guy
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08 Aug 2010   #10

 

It's still a pretty big download, especially if you don't have a very fast connection.
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