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Updated on September 18, 2012

I, like many others found myself at the end of my trial period for Microsoft Word and wasn't really ready for how fast it snuck up on me. Working as a Freelance writer full time now, I desperately needed this program so I started to stress. It's right after the holidays, I just moved, two dogs to feed, the list goes on.....Microsoft Word is NOT a cheap program. It's quite ridiculous actually.

In my panic and irritation I started seeking out an alternative to Microsoft because I have deadlines to meet and you know what? I FOUND ONE! The best part? IT'S FREE!

I came across I was very negative toward it at first, thinking, yeah way this can compare to the mighty and powerful Microsoft Word! I went into obtaining information on it with a very big doubtful attitude. would never be able to fulfill my needs. It was doomed before I even got started. I went through this program with a fine tooth comb and you know what? This program is superior to Microsoft Word.

One concern I had was making sure it had absolutely every feature. I was working on a big Brazilian job so many letters have accents so of course I needed to make sure I could still insert these in. Of course I found it and it was easy to find.

Next concern was about being able to open Microsoft Word documents on my platform. Not a problem! And...its was easy to do!

My final and largest concern was being able to save my documents as a Microsoft Word file to send to clients. Let me tell you, with you can save your work as a .doc file and 22 OTHER WAYS! It virtually works with any platform. I like the set up more. I found it much easier to find my way around immediately and has as many if not more features than Microsoft Word. I cannot believe I almost spent money on that program when I got a better one for free.

Not only can you open any type of documentation in any application, it runs on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, GNU/Linux and Sun Solaris and you can even save PDF files too. Of course when you open the program you can just use the basic blank document option but there is also others options such as Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Base.

Writer has all of the functions you need like autocorrect, table of contents, bibliographical references, illustrations and more. It's powerful enough to easily create and entire book with graphics and headings.

The Calc option is a very easy to use spreadsheet. It is simple enough for a beginner, yet detailed enough to include Natural Language formulas and Advanced Data Pilot Technology.

The Impress option does just what the title says. It creates very impressive multimedia presentations. You can easily use clip art, animation and drawing tools.

The Draw option, I've just dabble in a little for fun since I am mainly using the program for writing but it allow you to draw something simple or complex. You can manipulate objects, make flow chars, diagrams, etc.

The Base option allows you to manipulate database data. It offers choices of Wizards, Design vies and other options for beginners or advanced users. is so incredibly easy to use and it offers a wide range of templates too. I am so, so very pleased with this program and that I didn't spend money on Microsoft Word. Anyone who needs a program similar to Microsoft word but better should download their free copy of It's perfect for school, work or fun. has it all. Do yourself a favor and give it a try to don't spend money on Microsoft Word. If you have any questions at all feel free to comment and I'll be happy to help you out!


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      7 years ago

      Yes, Open Office is fantastic in every regard but one. It's a bit slow to load. Given the cost of Open Office, I overlook it. I've used OO for years. It's great!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I still use Word 2000 which I own a cop of and like. However I have downloaded open office and find it works well also.

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      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      You know....I just bought a new computer and I have Microsoft Word on it and I still use Open Office instead. I prefer it and I know exactly what you're talking about regarding those ads...they are annoying. Hope you enjoy Open Office as much as I do!

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      8 years ago

      Hi. I'm new here and just starting to find my way around and start building some hubs. I found this and was glad to see that Open Office is working well for you. I live in a small town with a HUGE school system that is considered one of the best in the state. Down here in the South, we're nothing if not practical. This school system, as big as it is, has been using Open Office for years. Guess it should be good enough for me. Right now I'm using Microsoft Office Starter, which is free and has ads in the lower right hand corner. I didn't find them annoying at first, but the more I work the more I'm tempted to let my eyes wander over there. I don't need all the features of the full product, but I was just about to buy it so those ads would no longer temp me. Thanks for this hub. Now I don't have to worry about going broke.

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      8 years ago from United States

      Great post..Thanks

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      Open Office has really made some great developments in its programme.I first heard about it in 2007/8 and used it a bit but it was buggy, now it really has come up and runs smoothly.I really love the programme.I think its definitely worth a shot-its free! Great hub once again

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      the fix 

      9 years ago

      I love Open Office and have been using it for years and have never had a problem! Not sure what happened to Darlene's computer that caused that mishap... :(

      Open Source Rocks! :) and you rock too thx for the hub!

    • theherbivorehippi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      Me neither! I definitely prefer the openoffice platform!

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      9 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      I use and I love it! I will never pay for Microsoft Word again...that is for sure!

    • theherbivorehippi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      I know!!! It is ridiculous! I have been so happy with openoffice...not one problem! And to think I almost paid for Word again like I have before.

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      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      Word is quiet an expensive program. This is great advice. Thanks for the cost saving tip! Peace :)

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      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      That is so bizarre. As of yet, I haven't had any problems but I just downloaded it off of their website about 3 weeks ago. So far so good.....if my files turn into a foreign language I will think of you and let you know! haha Thanks for reading.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thanks for a wonderful hub, after using open office it worked read good for me, then one day it turned all my files in the weird langauge and I couldn't pull anything up. I had to break down and get the new word. I think when it comes on new computers, it only works for awhile. Thank you, for your wise advise, I hope you don't mind me telling you my experience with it?

    • theherbivorehippi profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thanks for reading!! You will love the program!

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much. When my computer crashed I had to reload a few things. I had a free trial of Word and I was not satisfied - it was so cumbersome and filled with tons of useless features - and I had to pay money for it? No way. I'll try this. Thanks again!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Great information!


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