My version of windows 8 came with a MS word but I have to register/pay or some annoying thing. This program is fantastic. It had a small problem for a moment, where it shrunk my text super tiny. This can be reset on the menu bar, look for 'page width' and reset to 200 or what ever size you like. This program has lots of useful features. The spell checker, for now seams useless. But it might be one of those kind where you have to teach it what words are good. And needs to generate a data base of correctly spelled words so, don't assume that it's crappy. It might get to be very good spell checker, later on. Anything is better then the Firefox one.
Anyways the other things I like about it is the templates, those look useful if you have a website, or especially a blog. You can insert special Ascii charterers into it, can insert headers, footers, breaks, tables, text boxes, insert pictures, add page numbers, paragraphs, bullets/numbered lists, all text formatting, change language, check word count, search in Google and ad add in many more plug ins.
Why is this free?
Not that I'm complaining mind you! This perfect of you are an author or a webmaster. Mind you the html inserts it provides are very simple. Other then that this is just what I was looking for.
I need this for writing assignments for U courses. After trying several, including a couple I have on CD this is the one I settled with. It does all the basics, like, page set up, line spacing, footnotes, page numbering, word count, and more. It has a relatively small footprint. It is easy to learn how to use. A great user friendly freebie.
I admit I don't use word processors much - I can usually do with something as simple as Notepad, even when I'm translating documents.
I like the non-cluttered menus and their organization, getting to the function you need couldn't be easier. Also you will find in the menus just the right tools and actions you would have thought of.
A close friend who is a total beginner in what concerns computers was having troubles in doing a paper for the university with another widely used office suite, and she only needed to add footnotes. I recommended Abi to her and she has never needed anything else since. Surprisingly, I didn't have to explain her how to use it.
I believe that AbiWord has to offer enough features to satisfy virtually everyone. For spreadsheets, another application that's also part of the Gnome desktop and is available for Windows too is Gnumeric.
AbiWord is my word processor of choice. MS Word compatible!
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