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Barnacle_Bill

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Is there a free version of this? I refuse to pay 100 bucks a year for it when all I need is very basic use. Like keeping a list with a couple columns and sorting it.
 

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Give Open Office a shot. It's free and will work with Excel and you also get a word processor, drawing and photo edit programs. All in all, pretty good set of programs.

https://www.openoffice.org/
 

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Both are good options. Right now it looks like that OpenOffice is all I need. Thanks
 

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Is there a free version of this? I refuse to pay 100 bucks a year for it when all I need is very basic use..
$100/yr for what exactly?

OpenOffice works pretty good, and there are similar free source options for mobile use, I've used them on an android based phone, and they work good too.
 

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$100/yr for what exactly?

OpenOffice works pretty good, and there are similar free source options for mobile use, I've used them on an android based phone, and they work good too.

$100 to use the new MS Office that comes with a new computer. You get (or at least I did) 1 year free use then you have to renew it every year.
 

Barnacle_Bill

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Well it seems Open Office can't handle WPS files (MS word). Looks like time to go to E-bay.
 

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WPS is a MS Works file, not Word. Do you have Works or Word on your PC now? If Works, save it as a .rtf file and open it with Open Office. If Word. save it as a .doc file and use OO.
 

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WPS is a MS Works file, not Word. Do you have Works or Word on your PC now? If Works, save it as a .rtf file and open it with Open Office. If Word, save it as a .doc file and use OO.
 

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If you don't have works there are several "converters" online like Zamzar. You can make an RTF that way too.
 

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If you don't have works there are several "converters" online like Zamzar. You can make an RTF that way too.

Or use MS Word!!!!

I am not a Windows OS fan but I am a MS Office fan. I have used open office and it just doesn't compare to MS Office.
 
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MSOffice is a fine set (even reasonably priced these days), and frankly the gem of the suite is Word. It's far more capable than many other programs. I will say that Apple's native suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) is nearly as good - if not perhaps a little better. Though for word processing - good ole' fashioned text editing - I actually like the base text programs such as MSWord Pad and Apple's Text Edit.

I actually wasn't aware that MSWord would open a MSWorks file, but if it will GREAT. But I think to get the WPS files to open, you'll need to convert them over.

Open office is a fine alternative if your needs are limited or nearly nil.
 

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OK, for now Open Office takes care of Excel and Libre Office takes care of the WPS files. If I anything else comes up I'm going to buy the MS Office 2013 and be done with it. Yeah Bigdee I agree with getting away from MS once in a while.
 

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The openoffice project has been pretty much dropped. Its replacement is libreoffice. You could also just use google docs.
 

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I haven't tried libreoffice. I use Openoffice for the occasional times when I need a spreadsheet or word processor. I have to give it a shot.
 

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I used Libre office at home and MS at work....no problems transferring projects from one to the other.
 

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Libre Office is written by the same people that developed OO, Oracale bought OO and instead of allowing the original writers to keep it up to day they denied them access, so Libre Office was develloped, it works even better than OO. I was an OO user until Oracle would not let the original folks update it and Oracle also would not update it. When Libre showed up I loaded Libre on the same pc and compared, Libre is better, no need to but Mickey Soft product.
 

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Open office works for most personal stuff but I have found some limitations with macros. If you have a Costco check there pricing. It is usually pretty good and most of the versions they sell are 3 user licenses. Some don't come with Outlook but most home users don't use that anyway. We are a reseller of MS products and other products. If you want any suggestions let me know. I don't make money selling software only on the labor so I won't try to sell you anything but could offer free advice.
 
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