Ever since it was launched, Microsoft Word was considered the best and sometimes only option for solid word processors. From professional writers to bloggers, journalists and even those who don’t really write a lot… they’ve all been using Microsoft Word and, in some cases, considered it the only option when it comes to writing documents on a computer or laptop. But are there any alternatives to MS Word?
There sure are and that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in this article: the best FREE alternatives to Microsoft Word.
Because that is one of the downsides of MS Word: it is not free and actually comes with a hefty price tag. There are some computers or laptops that come with it pre-installed, in which case everything is great. But for everybody else, there are alternatives. Most of them offer the same amount of features and even have the same keyword shortcuts that you know from MS Word, so you’ll feel right at home using them.
In other words, if your subscription expired, you want to try something new or you’re simply looking for an alternative, check out below the best ones available for free!
Open Office Writer
This is the alternative that I’ve been using for years and I am extremely satisfied with it. It has all the options and features that Microsoft’s Word has and it can be easily used by those familiar with MS Word or those who just start using word processing software.
Extremely easy to use and relatively lightweight, it supports a ton of formats and can even save your documents in .doc files (as well as many other extensions).
The only problem with it is that its interface feels and is a bit dated. That’s not a problem affecting its functionality or a huge deal breaker, but there are better looking options out there and we’re going to talk to them.
But all in all, I have been using Open Office Writer since 2008 and I’ve never had any reason to switch to using something else. It’s that good and complex!
If you will always (or at least often) have access to an internet connection, then Google’s Docs is probably the best online option for editing all sorts of documents. There are a ton of advantages for going online, including that of being able to securely have access to your docs from any computer, as long as there’s internet. Even more, if there is a team working on a document or you want it to be easy to share, Google Docs does that in a breeze.
Although it’s online and you’d think that many functions and features that Microsoft Word offers are not present, the truth is that Google Docs can handle pretty much everything and you will be surprised with the amount of features it has. I’ve also been using it a lot (more and more lately since everything is moving online) and I’ve never had any reasons to complain. It’s probably one of the safest ways of keeping your documents secure, since they are always stored online on Google’s servers. For free!
You can even enable Google Docs for working in offline mode, which is great if you won’t always have internet access. Plus, you can download (or upload) files in various formats, including .doc, .rtf, .docx and so on.
All you need is a free Google account and you can access Google Docs here.
WPS Office Free
This is a modern, feature-packed free option for word processing and much more. This is basically the entire Microsoft Office suite, offering tons of other features. This also means that you might end up installing a lot more than you actually want or need, but it’s still a good deal.
WPS Office Free offers basically the same experience as MS Word and has a sleek, modern interface that makes everything look and feel better. It also has a lot of goodies, including pre-made templates for various types of documents and can handle pretty much any extension. It can also save documents in .docx format, which few other free alternatives do.
It also offers a bit of cloud storage for safe keeping your documents (just 1GB though – however, that’s a ton for text files!), but some of the features it offers are ad-enabled. You won’t have to waste a ton of time watching ads, but if you want access to some of its most advanced features, you will have to watch some ads.
But all in all, WPS Office Free is a great alternative to Microsoft Word. You can check it out here.
Another program that offers a lot more than just a word processor. This one comes with all the features you’d expect from MS Office, including spreadsheets, databases and more. Again, if you only need the Word Processor, it’s just too much, but the word processor itself is really, really good.
One of the best things about LibreOffice is that it has a really active and helpful community with many people working on it and making it better with each new update.
Its user interface isn’t the best looking in the city, but it’s easy to use and pretty intuitive. Also, if you’ve used Microsoft Word in the past, you should have no problem using this one as well. It supports all major text files and can do a really good job for free.
So these would be the best free alternatives to using Microsoft Word. A lot of great programs to choose from, fortunately. Which one is your favorite?