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    janeez
    janeez e2 Member 51174 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 12:54 PM

    Does anyone use this or any other free Microsoft Office compatible software. In the good old days Word used to come preloaded with Windows. My latest computer has Wordpad and now that doesn't automatically open Word files anymore (bl***y updates!) without me jumping through hoops to find a way round it. Damned annoying when all I want to do is print an invoice or as my hubby found this morning, fill out an emailed document. I am getting really fed up with being asked to shell out money for Word every month or year when I rarely use it and have found out LibreOffice is being used widely as an alternative.

    Thoughts anyone? Smile

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    Gaucho
    Gaucho e2 Member 122198 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:06 PM

    Have a try with Open Office. I find it's pretty good and will recognise any Word docs you have.

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    LesJD
    LesJD  2145 forum posts Wales
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:06 PM

    I've used Open Office which is essentially the same as Libreoffice ,both great. Don't pays your money and take your choice Wink

    franken
    franken e2 Member 113046 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:18 PM

    Open office works really well.

    Ken

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72143 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:21 PM


    Quote: Open office works really well.

    Ken

    +1

    Nick_w
    Nick_w e2 Member 73817 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:23 PM

    I've used both Libre and open office. Libre seems a little slicker and quicker to open. When we bought a Laptop for my daughter, I installed Libre. But both work really well and are good alternatives to MS Office.

    gvet
    gvet  342 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:43 PM

    I've been using Libre for a while, full compatibility with office, for example you can save written documents as a .docx if you're worried about transfer etc. There's no way that I'd pay for MS Office now, Libre does everything that it does.
    Now if only someone was to produce a freeware LR/PS competitor...

    lobsterboy
    lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014013 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 1:59 PM


    Quote: Now if only someone was to produce a freeware LR/PS competitor...

    Here is the lightroom alternative: http://www.lightzoneproject.org/

    AlanTW
    AlanTW  11342 forum posts
    2 Nov 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Use LibreOffice on both Windoze and Ubuntu Linux. Never had any problems with MS Office users being able to open or further edit files created in LO. Go on give it a try it's free after all!

    Alan

    janeez
    janeez e2 Member 51174 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 4:44 PM

    Fantastic info everyone. I think I might install Libre on my computer and Open Office on the laptop. Will either open Excel as this is the programme hubby uses for his accounts?

    Gaucho
    Gaucho e2 Member 122198 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Nov 2013 - 5:07 PM

    They have their own version of Excel which should open any existing excel files.

    AlanTW
    AlanTW  11342 forum posts
    2 Nov 2013 - 6:01 PM

    Both will open Excel files in Calc, just remember to do a "Save as" a xls file for it to be read in Excel

    Alan

    779HOB
    779HOB  2999 forum posts United Kingdom
    4 Nov 2013 - 6:57 PM

    I only use Google docs now - ditched Office.

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