Word Processors: Alternatives to Microsoft Word

Word Processors: Alternatives to Microsoft Word

Using a word processor should be easy, right? All you do is type, right? Microsoft Word is the most commonly used word processor and it’s not very basic. While some people enjoy the range of features of Word, others could do without all the bells and whistles.

Too many features with Word?

One irritating thing about Microsoft Word is that many of its features are automatically applied to your document. For example, auto indentations and capitalizations. If you didn’t want a word capitalized or a paragraph indented you have to take extra steps to reformat your document. Microsoft Word also underlines grammatical errors and misspelling, making your document visually cluttered.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to Word, all of which make the act of writing letters, stories, or blog posts, and messages on the computer a much less difficult task. Best news of all? Many of the best Word alternatives won’t cost users a penny.

Free Word alternatives

One of the best may be WordPad. Chances are good that it’s already available, for free, on users’ Microsoft-powered desktops. This software, which has been available to PC users since the introduction of Windows 95, has steadily evolved from a basic text editor to a more innovative 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 found in the “Accessories” file.

Word’s online competitors

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