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Free WordPad Alternatives

The best free alternative to WordPad is Notion. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LibreOffice - Writer or Google Docs. 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 FocusWriter, Apache OpenOffice Writer, AbiWord and AppFlowy.

WordPad alternatives are mainly Word Processors but may also be Note-taking Tools or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WordPad.
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  1. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.

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    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.

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    playmobilmeister

    more advanced, but still quote easy to use as a simple text editor

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  2. 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!

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    Using it to write my novels. Paying for Wordpad isn't necessary as long as I have this software.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  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. Here's what you can do with Google Docs:

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    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.

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  4. FocusWriter is a fullscreen, distraction-free word processor designed to immerse you as much as possible in your work.

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    Apache OpenOffice Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

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    AbiWord

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • 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.

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    Smaller footprint, familiar interface, for most general writing, it more than suffices.

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    AppFlowy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    AppFlowy is an open source alternative to Notion. You are in charge of your data and customizations.

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    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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  9. Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

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    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.

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  10. 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!

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