The Best-Known Free Office Software Suite. Portable.

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Libre Office windowAn office software suite is a necessity on most PCs. You generally get a word processor, spreadsheet, business graphics creator, database, and drawing/illustration package. The best-known office suite is of course from Microsoft, but it's very expensive and can be difficult to use. Recent versions are also very much tied into the cloud in the expectation that you want to store all your documents in your OneDrive account. Which you may not particularly want to do.

For many years, Libre Office has been a competitor to Microsoft. It may not be quite as well known, but the individual programs are top-notch. And best of all, it's completely free. It's even open source, if you want to study the code.

The latest version of Libre Office is 5.1.1 and it's actually available as a portable version. So you can download it and use it on your PC very quickly and easily. When you run the installer, it creates a folder on your desktop. Open that folder and you'll find neat shortcuts to all the component applications, ready to use.

If you like Libre Office, just carry on using it. There's nothing else to do, and no licence fee to pay. But if you decide it's not for you, just delete the folder from your desktop and everything's gone. Unlike Microsoft Office, your registry won't be filled with remnants of the software, and all hard disk space used by the program will be freed up.

You can even copy the folder from your desktop to an external drive or USB stick, and run it from there if you want.

You'll find Libre Office 5.1.1 Portable at https://www.libreoffice.org/download/portable-versions/ and the download for Windows is 124 MB. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and runs just fine on Windows 7, 8 and 10.

If you're not happy with your current word processor or spreadsheet, give Libre Office a try. It's incredibly quick and easy to be up and running, and just as easy to remove it if you decide that it's not for you. It's definitely one of the best free software products around.

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I prefer SoftMaker FreeOffice over LibreOffice. FreeOffice also costs nothing, but is superior in speed and reliability, and it has a way better compatibility with Microsoft Office formats. I also find it easier to use. It might not be as well known, but you should try it out if you're annoyed with interoperability issues. You get it at freeoffice.com

LibreOffice is one word --- not "Libre Office"

Does this LibreOffice is finally independent of Java?

(Every time I look into it, I always read that the Java requirement will be removed "really soon now".)

Been using LibreOffice for years and love it. Have not had format problems converting to MS Office when needed. Maybe a few small tweaks but nothing serious. Love the option to save as .pdf.

I would say Libre Office is in fact not very well known at all. I have used it but I've never met anyone who has ever heard of it. I recall I think that it was some dissatisfied OpenOffice workers who left to start their own thing and that's where it began?
I've tried several versions of it over the years and found it nowhere near as reliable as OpenOffice which is also portable.

@Boris,
I refer especially to this part of your little diatribe:
"... Libre Office is in fact not very well known at all. I have used it but I've never met anyone who has ever heard of it."
Now, the very last part after "never met anyone" tells only abut your company, no comment.

As a guest in the USA I will from now on be careful.

Your remark shows that it seems you have not been around outside of the USA, no, it even seems you not ever look across it's fences.

Just take a look at "Users and deployments" towards the end of the Wikipedia article about LibreOffice at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice.

And the EU use is only the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more in other countries around the world.

This is one of the things I love about this site, mostly it does not wear "nationalist" blinders.

Firstly, it was not a diatribe, it was my opinion, set down in a written response. I diatribe is insulting and angry, not the simple telling of facts that I wrote.

In fact I've been around outside the USA for some considerable time, being a UK citizen and having lived here most of my life I have a reasonable idea of what's going on outside the USA. Having lived a few years in Europe (France and Italy mostly) I have a small idea of what goes on there. Quite what your assumptions about my location mean I'm not entirely sure ,except that you make assumptions.

"Now, the very last part after "never met anyone" tells only abut your
company, no comment. "
I have no idea what you mean by that. But clearly you do have comment, because you felt the need to repeat it. Was that an attempt at sarcasm? Poor.

One of the things I love about this site is that mostly people are respectful to one another, even if their opinion differs. So, I'd ask you to be respectful, because if you want to inform me of something, that's the only way you'll get me to listen.

Boris,

Guilty as charged and I APOLOGIZE to you.

And I didn't even do my homework re. place of residence. Please forgive an old man who feels caught on the wrong foot and rightly called out.

NP, it's lovely sunshine today here in Somerset, I hope you have the same wonderful weather where you are.

Sorry, but what does NP stand for?
And in Wisconsin it's seasonably cool, nights -5C, days +5C.

NP should be No Problem.

Sorry, but I can't recommend LibreOffice. If you save and keep your documents in Open Document format it might be okay. However, LibreOffice messes up my formatting when I am saving in MS Office formats. Spreadsheets can't remember their formatting and I can't seem to control the formatting in text documents either. Compatibility with MS formats is essential. I've wasted a good part of my life on these problems. Sorry, on a scale of 1 - 10 LibreOffice get 4 in my books.

You should try Kingsoft Office or WPS Office

According to Wikipedia, after 30 days Kingsoft Office (now known as WPS Office), prints a watermark on all printouts unless you pay a subscription fee.

This is present in WPS Office, but not the original Kingsoft Office Free which is still available for download.
I have a very similar problem as Joe, several programs I use can talk to OpenOffice but not to LibreOffice. If I am on clients sites that do not have on a particular machine Microsoft office on them, I need to put on OpenOffice

Interesting. Not aware of the limitations you refer to, but no doubt they could exist. I use both, OOG and Libre. I do a lot of law/legal documents- Libre is my choice at least 90% of the time.

@Reporter:
I am with you.
Most of the "limitations" I see come from people who run old, out of date versions.

And yes, LibreBase, the database module, used to require Java; I don't know if that is still the case, would be a pity though IMHO at least. I am an age old Oracle guy.

WOW!
Your poor clients. I remember well the mess when Sun wanted to start charging for OO but didn't have the means any more to maintain it. And then Oracle took over and OO became almost unusable, for me at least.

What a relief when the early LO versions finally got stable and there was a clearly defined road map.

It is so easy to set LO to save only MS formats. Nobody ever gets bugged with "conversions".
I use it for years now and never had a problem, myself or reported.

Many more software developers have made their software comparable to openoffice then with LO.