Writing with a word processor should be a simple task. However, the king of the word processors, Microsoft Word, really isn’t about simplicity. No, Microsoft Word is about loads and loads of features. Unfortunately, most users won’t require the vast majority of these bells and whistles.
Too many features with Word?
The downside of all this extra stuff? Microsoft Word is clunky. It can be slow. And it can be frustrating. The program will automatically indent numbered columns, for instance, even if users don’t want this done. Many times, it underlines “grammar mistakes” that aren’t 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 won’t ever 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 an alternative, there are several out there. The best thing about them is that they don’t cost anything.
Free Word alternatives
One of the best word processors on the market, other than Microsoft Word, is WordPad. This program comes preinstalled on Microsoft-powered desktops and has evolved a great deal since it’s release on Windows 95. What started as a very bare-bones text editor, now has most of the features that many people use when in Word. To access this program: Navigate to the Windows’ start button, go to “All Programs.” WordPad may be found in the “Accessories” file.
Word’s online competitors
OpenOffice.org Writer might be even better than WordPad. This program is very impressive and has the majority of the same features as Word. OpenOffice.org Writer is also very intuitive to use. If you get irritated with Microsoft Word, give it a try.