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    WordPad Alternatives

    WordPad is described as 'simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards. It is the successor of Windows 3.1s Write. From Windows 7 Wordpad includes the ribbon user interface' and is a Word Processor in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to WordPad for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and SaaS. The best alternative is LibreOffice - Writer, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WordPad are Notion (Freemium), Google Docs (Free), Microsoft Word (Paid) and Scrivener (Paid).

    This page was last updated Dec 2, 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 WordPad opinions
      Some users think LibreOffice - Writer is a great alternative to WordPad, some don't.
      Very much like Microsoft Office and Wordpad combined! Extremely easy to use interface and has no limited features! Best of all FREE! Unlike Micro's BS greed, they want you to pay for a better notepad alternative and there it was just sitting around the corners of the net while many of no-brainers like me had no clue such an amazing thing like Libre exist! Thank you very much Libre! You saved not only our time searching further but also saved our wallets!
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Using it to write my novels. Paying for Wordpad isn't necessary as long as I have this software.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      Wordpad is too simple compared to Wordpad. I'm looking for a super lightweight word processor like Wordpad for Linux so I can quickly write simple RTF documents when I don't need the features of LibreOffice. LibreOffice has more features but isn't as lightweight and fast.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      richarddraucker Suggesting LibreOffice Writer as an alternative to Wordpad is like suggesting a Boeing 787 as an alternative to a Cessna single engine 2 seater.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      flcferreira Writer is great for heavy text processing work. But the intention of using Wordpad or something alike is to have a lighter, faster, simpler text processor that is not as simple as Notepad.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

    2. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. It's like Google Docs, but everything is organized and discoverable by your team. Real collaboration in real-time.
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      Notion vs WordPad opinions
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      playmobilmeister more advanced, but still quote easy to use as a simple text editor
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      flcferreira Notion is a great promise if and only if you are to take the time needed for the learning curve. It is so heavy in features that it does not compare to the simplicity of Wordpad. Notion's thing is to allow the creation of personal databases. Wordpad's thing is to simply write some text that doesn't require heavy editting.
      Negative comment 8 months ago


    3. 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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      Google Docs vs WordPad opinions
      Most users think Google Docs is a great alternative to WordPad.
      flcferreira It's not a native stand-alone app. You need to run it in your browser. Should it work as a native app without overloading my poor hardware with a browser, I would consider it a good option.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

    4. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.
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      Microsoft Word vs WordPad opinions
      Some users think Microsoft Word is a great alternative to WordPad, some don't.
      flcferreira It isn't cheap. And it may be heavier to load than Wordpad. Otherwise, it is a great option.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      Not lightweight, costs a decent amount of money. In short, not suitable if you only need something comparable to MS Wordpad.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      is a superset of wordpad so yes you can use word to fully replace word pad.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Wordpad comes with Windows, but Word is commercial and has more features than Wordpad. Word may have more features, but is slower, while Wordpad is super lightweight and simple. I'm looking for a lightweight and fast word processor for Linux so I can write quick RTF documents when I don't need the advanced features of a full-fledged word processor, like Wordpad for Windows.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    5. Typewriter. Ring-binder. Scrapbook. Scrivener combines everything you need to craft your first draft, from nascent notion to final full stop.
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    6. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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    7. Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      • GTK+
      • AmigaOS
      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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      AbiWord vs WordPad opinions
      Most users think AbiWord is a great alternative to WordPad.
      Its more powerful and can be customized for default fonts. Better version of WordPad. I have been using it for everything great program.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

      Smaller footprint, familiar interface, for most general writing, it more than suffices.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

    8. 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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    9. Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.
      Notepad vs WordPad opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Notepad is still a legitimate alternative to WordPad, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      It's s a text editor, not a RTF editor like Wordpad. If you are looking for an alternative to wordpad, this has nothing to do with it.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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