Free WordPad Alternatives

    The best free alternative to WordPad 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 WordPad and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to WordPad are Notion (Freemium), Google Docs (Free), FocusWriter (Free, Open Source) and Apache OpenOffice Writer (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 11, 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.
      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.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      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!
      Positive comment 11 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 16 days ago

      Using it to write my novels. Paying for Wordpad isn't necessary as long as I have this software.
      Positive comment about 2 years 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 9 months 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 16 days 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 16 days ago

    4. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.
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    5. Writer, part of the Apache OpenOffice suite, is an open-source word processor.
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    6. 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 almost 6 years ago

      Smaller footprint, familiar interface, for most general writing, it more than suffices.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    7. 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 over 1 year 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. 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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      Modern Microsoft Word Look-Alike that opens MUCH faster than Word! Has EVERYTHING you need. Not as bloated as Libre. Stable, Familiar UI, and most importantly....FREE!
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    10. A new medium for your ideas—augment your thinking with a text editor designed for structuring lists. Side-by-side views allow 3 modes of thinking.
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