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
Try or Download the Full Version of Microsoft Word for Free
If you have purchased the software in a store or online, you simply have to enter your product key after reinstalling the program to gain access to its functions. Otherwise, you must use your computer's partitions or the restore option, available either via CD/DVD or directly on the computer. Doing so will give you access to the full version of the Word as well as the Word web app on OneDrive.
However, you may also download a trial version online. To earn access to them, all you need to do is enter your Microsoft or Outlook login information. You can choose between trying the Home and Students
, and Small Business
Use Office Online (Word Web App) for Free on OneDrive
If you would like to avoid downloading a trial or paid version of Word, you can always use the software online. Using OneDrive
, which you can access using your Microsoft or Outlook login information, you can benefit from limited Word features, as well as those of Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Open .DOC Files Without Microsoft Word
If you'd like to read 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.
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
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.
is an easy and free word processing software that is compatible on Linux
is an integrated office suite that includes the word processing application Calligra Words
. This free application has a user-friendly environment and is very easy to use.
Jarte Word Processor
is a powerful word processor that is completely free to use, and is compatible with Windows
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