Best Free Word Processor



If you don't have a lot of space on your hard disk, or you simply wish to create word processing documents without installing an entire office suite then you've come to the right place. This review contains a list of free word processors, that load in a jiffy, with capabilities near those of an office suite word processor.

The review looks into the essential features like font formatting, paragraph formatting, file saving to .txt, .rft or .doc formats that are usually needed in a word processor. It also focuses on what makes the program unique as freeware often tends to put a special twist on the normal run of software. Online word processors are generally excluded from this category while older or discontinued applications maybe removed from the list.

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A word processor breathes lightweight and fast

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License: Free (Limited features)
Clean fresh looks, task oriented, various layouts.
No grammar checking.
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A unique word processor able to read and edit PDF documents

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License: Free
Familiar user interface, basic word editing features plus PDF editing capabilities.
Some advanced editing features not included.
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A powerful, professional and easy to use word processor with advanced features

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License: Free
Advanced features, additional command buttons, tile docs, custom ruler.
Hard to setup help file, help insufficient, updates cumbersome.
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A small and fast word processor for Windows and Linux

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License: Free (Open source)
Custom ruler, Extra toolbar with cool buttons, cross platform.
Help section is lacking, outdated look and feel.
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I tried Abiword, Jarte and Polyedit Lite. Unfortunately neither of them works with revisions which is a problem for me (a lot files going back and forth between me and my editor). Additionally, PolyEdit Lite comes bundled with Pokki and some kind of game package, even though I unchecked all the opt-in boxes during the installation. So, it's back to Open Office for me, bloated as it is.