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Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

The best free alternative to Microsoft Word is LibreOffice - Writer, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Word and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Microsoft Word are Google Docs, WPS Writer, Apache OpenOffice Writer and TextMaker.

Microsoft Word alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Novel Authoring Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Word.
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  1. Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

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    KuboFHromoslav

    If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative!

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    LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less!

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    The newer Libre Office version (6.3.4) have less compatible than older version (6.2.8). The docx file when open is very wrong format that not acceptable. And saving file in docx file will make file read only that can't enable to editing. OpenOffice is better

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    purpelli12

    It's really the best free alternative. It's not always super easy, but neither is word!

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    themichaelrasmussen1982

    Libreoffice most def for the win, everything I needed and no subscription or fee unlike an Microsoft office, after trying Libreoffice I am not going back to MS.

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    I like LibreOffice because is free! all the different apps come inside the main software unlike MS Office which you pay yearly or monthly.

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    Thatstinkyguy

    For one, it's completely libre and open-source, the interface is clean and easy to use, you can use it on almost any operating system (it comes preinstalled with quite a few Linux distributions), and on top of that, it's not from Microsoft.

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  2. Google Docs is an online word processor, part of Google Drive, that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. Here's what you can do with Google Docs:

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    nightknight218

    Online, Free, Easy to use and feature-rich, and everything is saved on your G account.

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    n10m

    Cloud based document storage and editing.

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    rami_r81

    Worst than Microsoft Word. Their enormous surveillance and privacy violations are very dangerous. I suggest LibreOffice instead.

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    Google docs is even worst than Microsoft Word. Their enormous surveillance and privacy violations are unacceptable. I suggest LibreOffice instead.

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    RemovedUser

    Autosave Easy to use Free No need registeration Cloud storage and can be edited from any device Privacy Online(No installation required) More at google.com/docs/about

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    jebex1307

    It looks almost the same, except is online.

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    avasiri81

    Is google Docs good alternative to Microsoft Word? Yes and no. Usefull for internet communication when you don't need many formating but bad for offical documentation.

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  3. WPS Writer, part of WPS Office , is dependable and fast word processing software that is highly compatible with Microsoft Word , and can read and edit DOC and DOCX formats.

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    The tool almost same as microsoft office. I think It's the closest to microsoft office

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    SuperMinds

    It is absolutely free. It also has some incredible features like pdf to word and much more. WPS Office gives all necessary components of MS-Office i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point. The best part is that it is cross-platform.

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    Very poor multi language / proofing support.

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    AndrewFNAF

    This is a free, low in size, easy to use alternative to Word, which comes packed with tons of features, even for Students.

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    VERY GOOD PROGRAM BUT IT IS NOT OPEN SOURCE so keep that in mind. I, personally, did not use it. but, a friend of mine uses it and spoke greatly about it. He said it deserves 10 out of 10 in every term (Easiness , Responsiveness , Stability , etc.)

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    Very friendly UI Has almost any thing you might need

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    Has many many features similar to Microsoft Word, and some that it doesn't it. Much more lightweight to run than Microsoft Word. The Spell Check needs some major help.

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  4. Apache OpenOffice Writer icon

    Apache OpenOffice Writer

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    Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.

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    chtfn

    Unfortunately, is lagging far behind LibreOffice. Would be great to see development pick up and take a different direction, but it seems very much stalled, with the latest major in 2014 (7 years ago at the time of writing). I strongly recommend using LibreOffice instead, for security reasons, and also for newer features.

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    Pietrosmus

    Free, simple, open-source. The interface is a bit old-styled, but you may actually like that more.

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    Poor features and quite complicated interface

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    AndreStork

    It's pretty much the worst Office alternative available. It has a bad UI and I shouldn't talk about compatibility with .docx files

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    Centaro

    No proper implementation of digital signatures.

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    martintin_916

    It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office.

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    rose64bit

    Microsoft Office is costly and slow, but OpenOffice is free and fast.

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  5. TextMaker icon

    TextMaker

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows Mobile
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    TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice.

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    Almost everyone thinks TextMaker is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    Lori_WYUK

    no subscription. opens every microsoft word doc

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    DiegoAzeta

    Powerful features with a very intuitive interface. Outputs in MS Word formats plus ODT, PDF, HTML and ePub, among many others. Reads most common formats, including MS Word. Fully customizable interface. Fast and compact. Excellent documentation. The best word processor for personal use, period.

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    Really fast, really compatible with Microsoft Office.

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    If you are like me: one who only needs the necessary to fulfill your needs, and really like when the response of the software comes quickly (think that the MS Office in general certainly does not). This is the right solution. It is fully compatible with outputs formats from MS Word; it is fast; and it does everything you need to white a nice and organized document, whatever that is.

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  6. Pages is a powerful word processor that lets you create stunning documents, and comes included with most Apple devices. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together from anywhere, whether they’re on Mac, iPad, iPhone, or using a PC.

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    Gumibar84

    It's annoyingly blank and too basic for my needs - doesn't really do enough to be considered an alternative to MS Word - maybe WordPAD or Notepad - bot not WORD.. That's not a fair or accurate comparison - that would be like trying to compare a basic guestbook addon to a WordPress installation - It's just not the same thing ...

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    rose64bit

    Microsoft Office Word is expensive and slow, but Pages is free, fast, responsive, and integrates very well with the rest of macOS.

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    georgegarner

    Clean, simple, yet powerful app design puts all of the editing tools within easy reach and without clutter.

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    AbiWord

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    AbiWord is a free software word processor. The name "AbiWord" (pronounced "Abby Word") is derived from the root of the Spanish word "abierto", meaning "open". It runs on Linux, Mac OS X (PowerPC), ReactOS, BeOS (unsupported), AmigaOS 4.

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    thomaszoschke

    It does what the user wants. It's a full featured text processor. It is affordable. It is not coded like a swamp.

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    kaylinTechAU

    AbiWord is a great simple word processor. However it doesn't have many advanced features. Just a simple text document. And it's free!

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  8. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc.

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    Manuskript is an app for planning and writing books. It is not a word processor, or an appropriate alternative to MS Word.

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  9. Walling icon

    Walling

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Working on a project, researching a topic or writing an article? Walling makes it easy to break down your ideas, refine them and visually organize them.

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  10. Create and edit documents online without sacrificing your privacy.

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    Project seems dead, github repo still up.

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    Airborn vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Airborn is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.

    Cloud based document storage and editing, without giving up your privacy.

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