We all need to use a word processor every now and then. Generally the one we turn to is Microsoft Word. Unfortunately Microsoft Word can be troublesome to use and it can run slowly. And many users don’t utilize all of the features it offers.
Too many features with Word?
The downside of all this excess stuff? Microsoft Word is clunky. It can be slow. And it can be frustrating. The program will automatically indent numbered columns, for instance, even when users don’t want this done. It often underlines “grammar mistakes” that are not really mistakes. Then there are the times when Word forcibly capitalizes words that users don’t want capitalized. There may be ways to turn these features off, but most users will never find them in the many buttons and links stretched across the top of Microsoft Word.
If you do not use all of the features of Word and are looking for the best alternative, there are a few out there. The best thing about them is that they don’t cost anything.
Free Word alternatives
One of the best may be WordPad. The odds are good that it’s already available, for free, on users’ Microsoft-powered desktops. The program, which has been available to PC users since the introduction of Windows 95, has steadily evolved from a basic text editor to a more advanced word-processing program that probably offers more than enough features for almost all users. Users can access WordPad by clicking on Windows’ start button to bring up the “All Programs” option. WordPad will be located in the “Accessories” file.
Word’s online competitors
An online program that may be a lot better then WordPad is OpenOffice.org Writer. It offers most of the features of Word and is extremely intuitive. If you are looking to explore some alternatives to Word, OpenOffice.org Writer is worth a shot.