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    Best Free Substitute for MS Word

    My wife just got a new Win8.1 laptop and her copy of MS Word is very old so I think I should install one of the free substitutes for Word. Word is the only Office app she uses. I am aware of Open Office and I know there are some others. Which one do you suggest getting?

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    I use LibreOffice and it works happily with MS Office files.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks, Paul. I tried LebreOffice one time myself and I was turned off by the fact that you have to open a common interface and then choose the Word equivalent. I'll wait and see if there are other suggestions.

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    I just installed LibreOffice 4 on two computers and when opening it's Start menu item was able to right-click the word processor and choose either Pin to task bar or Pin to Start Menu. I chose LibreOffice over OpenOffice as it can still open Works documents.

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    I think LibreOffice is terrific myself. You certainly don't have to use the common startup icon. Just create a direct shortcut to LibreWriter (swriter.exe) and any of the others you want and put it wherever you wish. I've got LibreWriter pinned in my start menu.

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    Thanks guys! I'm glad to hear that I can create icons for individual applications in LibreOffice. I'll stick with that too and create those shortcuts.

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    You're welcome.

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    What version of Word do you have? Versions as old as 2003 work on Windows 8.1.

    As long as your wife creates/edits relatively simple documents you could also use the free Word web app found at office.com.

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    Problems for me with the online version is limitations in saving, automatically saves a document or wants to save as PDF and not opening files on the hard disk drive.

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    I believe my version of Word is '97 or 2000 so it is pretty old. :-) I'm sure we should stop using versions that old! My wife is not even a little bit computer-friendly so I don't want to get involved with the online version of Word either.

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    I had Office 2000 running on W8, well it still is for all I know but I'm not running W8 now. It worked fine for me but Libre is significantly more capable. I especially like how well it handles a copy of an article from a webpage (including all in-line graphics) that I turn around and export as a PDF. Office 2000 is like, PD-who?

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    So, did you use Copy and Paste to get that web page into Libre? I often want to preserve a web page that will not be intact if I just try to email the link or the page.

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    I use the browser's Save As or Save Page As and choose the complete page which also gets all the content or just the HTML, no images, etc. Internet Explorer has a third format of complete page in one file, .mht format. The .html or .mht files can be double-clicked to open in the browser.

    Or one can use text format which can be opened in various word processing or text editing programs.

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    Yes, highlight copy and paste and wait a tic for the graphics to fill in. Mostly simple main body article stuff with a few pictures and graphics. If there's a printer-friendly version that usually works perfectly.

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    Thanks to both of you.
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