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Microsoft Word Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Microsoft Word for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative 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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Microsoft Word are WPS Writer, Apache OpenOffice Writer, Pages and Manuskript.

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.
This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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  1. Writer has all the features you need from a modern, full-featured word processing or desktop publishing tool.

    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 5 years ago
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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

    Top negative comment  over 2 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment 3 months ago
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    I like it because of its efficiency

    Positive comment 3 months ago
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    garmentsurabaya

    very helpful anything in writing very fast and better

    Positive comment 3 months ago
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  2. 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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    The tool almost same as microsoft office. I think It's the closest to microsoft office

    Top positive comment  9 months 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 5 years ago
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    Very poor multi language / proofing support.

    Top negative comment  about 3 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 1 year 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.)

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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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  3. Apache OpenOffice Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

    Apache OpenOffice Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think Apache OpenOffice Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
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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.

    Top positive comment  about 1 month ago
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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

    Negative comment 6 months ago
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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.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    rose64bit

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

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  4. 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.

    Pages vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think Pages is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    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.

    Positive comment about 4 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.

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

    Manuskript vs Microsoft Word opinions
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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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  6. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.

    Scrivener vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think Scrivener is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.

    It's a hole research/writing management tool, extremely flexible, generous in it's licence and allowing easy data recovery if anything goes wrong by keeping every piece of work in an open format!

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  7. LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TeX typesetting program. The term LaTeX refers only to the language in which documents are written, not to the editor used to write those documents. In order to create a document in LaTeX, a .

    LaTeX vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think LaTeX is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.
    forionio16

    LaTeX isn't What You See Is What You Get. It's more powerful then word, but require a learning curve.

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    sbibauw

    The most powerful document preparation system, for the absolute best result ever.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  8. 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.

  9. Zoho Writer

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome

    An online word processor that lets you create and edit documents in your web browser and save them in the cloud, so that you can share them with anyone. Zoho can allow multiple users to work on a document simultaneously.

    Zoho Writer vs Microsoft Word opinions
    Most users think Zoho Writer is a great alternative to Microsoft Word.

    Awesome interface, is does not conform to the previous stigma and innovates

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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