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Old 08-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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resources for free wordprocessing downloads?

I never got Office working correctly after my laptop crashed.

I need to start putting my research together for the attorneys. does anyone have any recommendations for free software I can download to get some sort of a word processing program? I am currently running Vista.

I'm in Mexico for a brief period of time for this trial and my resources are limited.

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Old 08-29-2010, 06:39 PM   #2
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Have you tried openoffice ? http://www.openoffice.org/

I use it on one of my laptops. I still like Office 2003 over 2007, but open office works.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:47 PM   #3
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Open Office is a wonderful set of programs, very similar to Microsoft Office Suite. It's got a word processor, spreadsheet & presentation program. Takes a bit of getting used to if you're coming from Word, but has most of the same features.

If you want something tiny, Abiword is less than 15mb installed; the features are limited but it's got the basics covered. And there's a portable version that will run off a USB drive instead of having to install it on someone else's computer.

OpenOffice also has a portable version. (93mb download; 230mb installed.)
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:23 PM   #4
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thanks!!! I'm giving it a shot. I am willing to stand on my head in the corner and spit blue jelly beans to get something going. I had to finally abandon the "lanai" earlier. I think it was up to around 110 and hard to tell what the humidity was other than incredible. not to mention being eaten by all sorts of creepy crawlies! I have soooo many bug bites!!!!
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thanks!!! I'm giving it a shot. I am willing to stand on my head in the corner and spit blue jelly beans to get something going.
Now THAT would be entertaining.

Anyway, +1 on OpenOffice, but keep in mind that while it will open and display .docx files from Office '07, it will not save them as such (yet). Regular .doc files are okay.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:56 AM   #6
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If all you need is word processing, Abiword downloads faster, and probably runs faster, as well. I don't know if it handles docx files, though. Maybe I should go Google it myself
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Now THAT would be entertaining.

Anyway, +1 on OpenOffice, but keep in mind that while it will open and display .docx files from Office '07, it will not save them as such (yet). Regular .doc files are okay.
I have to create the documents???? will it work? (downloading now)
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OpenOffice is good, similar but slower than Word ...
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Is Wordpad not included in Vista?
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I always make such a hash of it when I try to use wordpad!
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Putting research together = creating documents.

Don't worry about the .docx thing; I just mentioned that in case you needed to edit an existing document that was saved in that format. If you're putting them together yourself you can save it as a .doc and no one will be the wiser; it'll open in Word and pretty much everything else anyone would use, which I imagine is what you really need at the moment.
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Wordpad is more complete than it used to be, but as far as I can tell it doesn't include a spellchecker, which is a killer drawback if you're doing anything serious.
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Putting research together = creating documents.

Don't worry about the .docx thing; I just mentioned that in case you needed to edit an existing document that was saved in that format. If you're putting them together yourself you can save it as a .doc and no one will be the wiser; it'll open in Word and pretty much everything else anyone would use, which I imagine is what you really need at the moment.
well it's been humming right along for me, thanks everyone! I've needed to keep 12 documents at a time open (that's how I need to enter the info) and it has been great!

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Wordpad is more complete than it used to be, but as far as I can tell it doesn't include a spellchecker, which is a killer drawback if you're doing anything serious.
I haven't tried it in several iterations of Windows. I used to completely get flumoxed by the formatting.
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