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    Need recommendation for free word processor...

    I would like a recommendation for either a free word processor or office program. In the past I have used Libre Office on a Linux computer and enjoyed using it but I don't know how good it would be on a Windows 10 computer. Also, it's very large and has so many programs I would never use. Once in a while I could use a spreadsheet program but mainly it's just word processing. Thanks.

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    Welcome as a new poster. If you're familiar with Libre Office then use it - it works fine on Windows. Otherwise Google Docs or Microsoft online docs are a possibility, though both require you to have an account and login - OK if you have a Gmail or Outlook account already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SailCloth View Post
    I would like a recommendation for either a free word processor or office program. In the past I have used Libre Office on a Linux computer and enjoyed using it but I don't know how good it would be on a Windows 10 computer. Also, it's very large and has so many programs I would never use. Once in a while I could use a spreadsheet program but mainly it's just word processing. Thanks.
    I use LibreOffice in Windows 10 and it works well. Just don't do a Typical install. Instead carry out a Custom install so you only add the bits you need.
    libreoffice_custom.jpg

    Hope this helps...

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    Thank you. I've used the online version of MS Word but find it simpler to have an application I can use offline without having to sign in. If Libre Office works fine on Win10 then I might as well download it.
    Last edited by SailCloth; 2018-10-30 at 13:53. Reason: typo

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    +1 on Libre Office.

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    Check out Windows' built-in WP Wordpad. It's a nice basic WP.

    I have a note re alternatives to Word from 6-9 months ago—I haven't tried any of them, and don't recall offhand which are free:

    - Jarte
    - AbleWord
    - WordGraph
    - FocusWriter
    - Page Four
    - Shaxpir 4
    - LyX
    - Thinkfree Online Editor
    - Hemingway
    - Draft
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    Opening existing documents can be a bit of a hassle – you need to upload them to Google Drive before you can start editing them in Docs. Although there's good file format support, imported Word documents might look very different if they use formatting and features not supported by Docs, or rely on locally stored fonts. Bluestacks TextNow VPN
    Last edited by elihios; 2018-11-10 at 13:54.

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    Tally another vote for Libre Office, please.
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    Libre Office for sure, it comes in a portable version too.
    For some reason I was thinking a stand alone for each component (i.e. writer , calc...) was available but I seem to be wrong there.

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    See Rick's post #3 David - use a custom install
    What do you mean nothing is impossible? I've been doing nothing for years.

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    Thank you for all the good recommendations. Some of the Word alternatives looked promising but instead I did a custom install of Libre Office and it seems to work well, although once when a printed a document there was one sentence with distorted font that looked really weird. I reprinted it and the reprint was okay. Don't know if it was the printer or what. Anyway LO doesn't slow down my new SSD and seems very stable.

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