Free Microsoft Word Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Microsoft Word is LibreOffice - Writer, which is both free and 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 (Free), WPS Writer (Freemium), Apache OpenOffice Writer (Free, Open Source) and ONLYOFFICE (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 30, 2021

    1. Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.
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      LibreOffice - Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Almost everyone thinks LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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      KuboFHromoslav If you do not need some very rare functions, LibreOffice Writer is better and totally libre alternative!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      LibreOffice can do 90%+ of what Microsoft Office can do, and it costs 100% less!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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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
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      ion1 LibreOffice is like Windows Word 2010. It is like good old Word, just free.
      Positive comment 25 days ago

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      Because it sucks, libraoffice is a great option as alternate choice
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Akhilesh_T It can do almost everything that Microsoft Word can and is 100% free
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      It does everything word can do, and it's FREE.
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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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.
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      Most users think Google Docs is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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      nightknight218 Online, Free, Easy to use and feature-rich, and everything is saved on your G account.
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

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      n10m Cloud based document storage and editing.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Google docs is even worst than Microsoft Word. Their enormous surveillance and privacy violations are unacceptable. I suggest LibreOffice instead.
      Top negative comment  7 months ago

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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
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      jebex1307 It looks almost the same, except is online.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      It lacks most of the functionalities
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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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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      WPS Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Almost everyone thinks WPS Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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      I think WPS Office is the closest you can get to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). It handels .docx witch was my main problem. The WPS Writer may be in a early stage but I see alot of potential of it becomming better, more easy to use, beautiful and more stable.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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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.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Very poor multi language / proofing support.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

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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.)
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Very friendly UI Has almost any thing you might need
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    4. Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.
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      Apache OpenOffice Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Most users think Apache OpenOffice Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      martintin_916 It is basically a free version of Microsoft Office.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      rose64bit Microsoft Office is costly and slow, but OpenOffice is free and fast.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      Poor features and quite complicated interface
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      Centaro No proper implementation of digital signatures.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Will not use later than Word 97 documents
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    5. ONLYOFFICE is an opensource office and productivity suite that enables you to manage documents, projects (https://alternativeto.net/software/onlyoffice-projects/), team and customer relations in one place.
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      ONLYOFFICE vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Almost everyone thinks ONLYOFFICE is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      Risei It has a nice UI, and good support for microsoft document formats.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      If you know how to use Word, the you will feel at home using OnlyOffice. It's feature rich, supports all platforms and even the browser. You can collaborate with other people, and OnlyOffcie respects your privacy. Compared to something like Apple Pages, it's not the cleanest and smoothest experience, but if you have used MS Word og LibreOffice, it won't be a problem.
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

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      hudsonrb92 Its one of the best options to Microsoft Office, it has almost all tools. And is by far better then LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      Very similar layout to Microsoft Office so its the best alternative for people use to that. And especially for me, ecuations in google docs and libre office are ugly compare to Microsoft format which OnlyOffice use.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Clean GUI and fast interface. Excellent for high dpi too.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    6. TextMaker is a Microsoft Word-compatible word processor, part of SoftMaker FreeOffice. It's available for free included in the FreeOffice suite. It runs lean (using around 12MB of RAM on my system) and is surprisingly feature rich.
      TextMaker vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Almost everyone thinks TextMaker is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Lori_WYUK no subscription. opens every microsoft word doc
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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      Really fast, really compatible with Microsoft Office.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    7. Pages is a streamlined word processor and an easy-to-use page layout tool for the Mac. It allows you to be a writer one minute and a designer the next, always with a perfect document in the works.
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      Pages vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Most users think Pages is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      rose64bit Microsoft Office Word is expensive and slow, but Pages is free, fast, responsive, and integrates very well with the rest of macOS.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      georgegarner Clean, simple, yet powerful app design puts all of the editing tools within easy reach and without clutter.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    8. The perfect free office suite that includes updated versions of WRITER, SPREADSHEET, PRESENTATION and build-in PDF readers. Highly compatible with MS Office. The new WRITER support for converting PDF to DOC/DOCX, plus split and merge PDF file.
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      WPS Office vs Microsoft Word opinions
      Most users think WPS Office is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      coth WPWPS Office is an alternative to MS Office. WPS Writer is an alternative to MS Office Word. And it's already listed.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      wps office contains wps writer (no individual install possible afaik) which is a word alternative
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    9. 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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      Most users think AbiWord is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
      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!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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    10. Manuskript is an open-source tool for writers, with outliner, character management, plot development, distraction-free editor, etc. Outliner Organize your thoughts and snippets in a hierarchical manner. Organize them as you wish, reorganize them on the go.
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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.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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