Microsoft Office Word Comments

Denied incorrect alternatives.

Comment by coth
about Microsoft Office Word Apr 2016

Look at MS Office Word. It's a word processor, so as other alternatives, except few.
Small Microsoft Office Word iconMicrosoft Office Word

Scroll down and i'll see WPS Office. Scroll down a bit more and you'll see correct alternative - WPS Writer.

WPS Office is an alternative to MS Office. Full suite to full suite, writer to writer. Despite that WPS Office was denied of being removed.


i have use it for years...

Comment by robertmu
about Microsoft Office Word Jan 2016

i have use it for years and i think it works fine, i don't think is the best but i works as i need to, but maybe they shouldn't change it all the time, i mean, they give new features every now and then and they are really things no one really use. there's no need to make it so confusing.


Bloated, confusing, and endlessly frustrating

Negative Comment by JimHeard
about Microsoft Office Word Aug 2015

Like many, I've used Word for years, but I frankly think the only reason to do so is the massive installed base. If I didn't have to share docs with so many other Word users, I would have stopped using Word years ago. Why? Let me count the ways:
1. It is classic bloatware, due to MS continually adding new "features," most of which I don't need or want;
2. As a result of 1, it is hopelessly confusing - yes, you can change virtually anything about it, but just try figuring out how to change something the first time; it typically takes way too long, and when you do find the solution, it's usually buried deep in some menu that has an opaque name that sounds like it has nothing to do with what you are trying to accomplish.
3. Ridiculous formatting behavior. I'm a lawyer and am constantly using heavily formatted pleadings and briefs to meet court format requirements. I am forever wasting time trying to fix some formatting issue, and this is much worse than it has to be because MS makes so many idiotic formatting choices.

As one of many examples illustrating these problems, I spent over an hour yesterday trying to figure why the lines in my brief didn't line up with the line numbers in the margin. It turns out this is due to a stupid choice MS made to have extra space appear above the line rather than below it when you set your font size one way ("Exactly 12pt"), and below the line when you set it another way (Single, double, 1.5, etc.). To make "exact" font sizes behave correctly, I had to search through multiple layers of options, most of which were given confusing, misleading, or at best opaque labels, and then check a box for "Don't center exact line height lines". Of course, the problem was not that they were centered in the first place, so this label has nothing to do with reality. I was only able to figure this out because of a helpful post in the forums (not, of course, from any MS employee).

This is truly atrocious software.


Free Alternative to Word

Comment by Diaboto
about Microsoft Office Word Jul 2014

Check out Nevron Docs -

This is probably the best free alternative to Word - it works on Windows, Mac and Online. It can open .DOCX, .RTF and .HTML files and has export to .PDF, .HTML etc. It is also faster than Word.


Word for notes

Comment by careylin
about Microsoft Office Word May 2013

Word, in recent years, has been not just the go to for word processing but also note taking. I use it on OSX so I can only speak for that platform. I find its notebook view/layout to be nice yet the rest of the program is slow. If it was a separate notes only program I would be satisfied, but for now they are together. For this reason I suggested Circus Ponies NoteBook to be a reasonable alternative for those still only using Word for note taking. Not sure it belongs here, but hoped someone else might find it useful.


Nice list - but no Nisus?

Comment by manskybook
about Microsoft Office Word Jan 2012

It's not clear when this list of alternatives to MS Word was created (or even when the comments were made). Might be nice to date your site to give some currency to your information.

But, as to my subject line, why is Nisus left out of this list? It's been a Mac word processor since near the beginning of Macintosh time. It was (and is now, again) known for its sophisticated search and macros. Try

(no, I'm not in any way associated with them)


The best word processing programme in my opinion, openoffic ...

Comment by Furgelnod
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

The best word processing programme in my opinion, openoffice has some way to go before being up to its standard. Though I wish you could purchase it by itself, as its about the only thing in the ms office suite I use.


Microsoft Word pretty much sets the standard for word proce ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Microsoft Word pretty much sets the standard for word processors. And unlike Internet Explorer, which sets the lowest standard possible for browsers, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It costs a ton for what it does, but I think that Word does it pretty well.


Openoffice Writer I find to be the perfect alternative to t ...

Comment by Aaron
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Openoffice Writer I find to be the perfect alternative to this. Writer may take a little bit to load, but it can do a lot more than Word can, at least in my opinion. The newest Microsoft Word to me is confusing, annoying, and slow a lot of the time. I use Openoffice on my laptop all the time its great.


Let's break it down:Openoffice is the standby free office c ...

Comment by askj113
about Microsoft Office Word Jun 2011

Let's break it down:
Openoffice is the standby free office choice. Unfortunately that means its as bloated as microsoft office, more so in recent years. It can take forever for writer to open, especially on older systems.
Abiword is lightning quick and pretty cool, but I've always had trouble with the menus being different and differently named from office, whereas openoffice makes more of an effort to match word.
Google docs is fantastic for online stuff, but fairly limited for anything but basic writing.

Q10 is a fantastic writeroom alternative for windows; it shows you a black screen with a simple statusbar and lets you write undistracted. It'll certainly add another step to your work flow but it's worth it for me for the simplicity and focus it gives. Not a replacement for an office program, but an addition to it


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