Best Free Word Processors

November 2016

Microsoft Word is a word processing software that allows you to create and save any type of document. Licensed by Microsoft, the software is usually included in Microsoft Office Suite, which also includes desktop applications Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. The software is also available in a standalone version.

Since it is the most popular word processing tool, installing Microsoft Word often comes at a high price. Luckily, a number of free solutions exist for those who would like to use similar word processing software without the added cost. This article will walk you through the latest and best free word processors.

Download Microsoft Word for Free

Read .DOC Files

If you'd like to view a file in Word format (.doc), we recommend using the Word Viewer tool. This Microsoft application can be used to open and print Word files, though it does not allow you to make any modifications.

Alternatives to Microsoft Word

Here is a list of some free alternatives to Microsoft Word.

OpenOffice is the main open source alternative to Microsoft Office. This open source application is free to use and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems.

Ability Write

The Ability Office Suite comes with a number of components, including Write, Spreadsheet, Database, Photopaint, Presentation, and Photoalbum. You may choose to install all components or select from the available applications. Ability Office Suite is compatible with Windows and is available as a trial.


AbiWord is an easy and free word processing software that is compatible on Linux and Windows operating systems.


KOffice is an integrated office suite that includes the word processing application KWord. This free application has a user-friendly environment and is very easy to use. KOffice is compatible with Linux and Unix.

Jarte Word Processor

Jarte is a powerful word processor that is completely free to use, and is compatible with Windows operating systems.

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