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WordPad Alternatives for Mac

WordPad is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Notion. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try LibreOffice - Writer or Apache OpenOffice Writer. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WordPad and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to WordPad are Microsoft Word, Scrivener, AppFlowy and Walling.

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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WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards....

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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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    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. Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office Suite but also sold as a standalone application, is Microsoft's word processor.

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    flcferreira

    It isn't cheap. And it may be heavier to load than Wordpad. Otherwise, it is a great option.

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    is a superset of wordpad so yes you can use word to fully replace word pad.

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    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.

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    Not lightweight, costs a decent amount of money. In short, not suitable if you only need something comparable to MS Wordpad.

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  4. 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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    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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    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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  8. 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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    Twake

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

    Twake is a real-time teamwork platform. It is a suite of collaborative tools that includes the specificities of some bestsellers (Slack, Trello, Google Drive...).

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    Dictanote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    Switch effortlessly between using the keyboard and your voice to type out notes. Work smarter and more productively with fast, accurate dictation and transcription using Dictanote.

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