Thank you for all the input. I do use my current version a lot and know it inside out. When I installed it, back in 2005, I bought a "Word 2002 for Dummies" book which has been well thumbed.
I think I could adapt to another version, with the help of another Dummies book
but if it's true that there's only a US spellchecker in Word 2010, it would annoy me, even though I use WordWeb for spellings I'm unsure of, and as a thesaurus. (I'm terrible when words have double letters in, eg, accommodation.)
I have considered Open Office, but want to upload books to SmashWords, which insists on Word, although Mark Coker doesn't seem to have caught up with recent changes in the program.
Shack70, my old laptop has XP. I have the disc for Word 2002, so loading it should be okay. Would Word mind running in "compatibility mode"? Would it function fully. Thanks so much for the offer of help should I need it.
Cromag, the new lappy does look ugly on the pics I've seen, but I've read lots of reviews. IBM aka Lenovo build them for function not beauty. So glad to hear your ThinkCentre is still working well after 9 years.
Bodes well for the new lappy.
One thing I love about the old versions of Word: the Office Manager!!
It entertains me to watch the little cat chasing butterflies or giving me dirty looks because no writing is going on!
So I might try installing the old Word on the new laptop. If it doesn't work, I'll have to get Office 2010.