Word Processor?

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  1. mmswm

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    So, my free trials on Microsoft Word ran out, and I don't want to spend the money to buy the full version. I know there has to be a good, compatible word processor out there that I can download for free. I'd also guess that some of the wonderful members of AtoZ have tried those free programs out! Does anybody have any recommendations? Thanks :)
     
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  3. Erin Elizabeth

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    Google Documents! You just need a free google account. They have a word processor, something to make spreadsheets like Excel, and a couple of others. Super easy to use and you can save them to your google account so you can access them anywhere.
     
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    OpenOffice is another possibility, as long as one isn't writing really messy equations.
     
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    I second Google Docs. I use it a lot, mostly because of the portability.
     
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    We use google docs a lot at school because its so easy to collaborate and share documents. It does act funny sometimes and can try your patience if you're in a hurry.

    My sons' high school uses open office exclusively- none of the school computers that the kids have access to have Word. They don't seem to mind it and its a free download.
     
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    OpenOffice or GoogleDocs ... try them both, figure out which one you prefer.
     
  8. mmswm

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    Thanks :) I'll try them both out!
     
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    If it is for non mathematical writing I would go with TeacherGroupie's suggestion : OpenOffice.

    If it is mathematical writing I'd recommend LaTeX.
     
  10. Kat53

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    During a hard financial time when I needed Word, I just created another free email account and signed up for another 60 day trial.
     
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  12. mmswm

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    Unfortunately, I need something for both. I did break down and get MathType, which Alice kept recommending. It works well to create equations then insert them into Word. I wonder if it works as well with Open Office. I will find out soon enough!
     
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    It looks like OpenOffice has an equation editor, but it is quite ugly compared to LaTeX ;)
     
  14. TamiJ

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    I use Openoffice. My Word stopped working a year ago, so I switched to OpenOffice. It's basically just like Word, and it's free. Also, you can save it as a Word document in case you need to send it to someone with word. And, you can open Word documents through OpenOffice. :)
     

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