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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Forgetmenot77, Mar 1, 2009.

    have advice on a writing software that works?? I am tired of writing by hand and I am getting more and more accustomed to being on the computer. Don't have alot of money so need to be under a 50.00.
     
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    Just use Wordpad. It detects misspellings as well as allowing different font changes and colors.

    Nothing wrong with it, unless you're looking for something with a dictionary, thesaurus, grammar correction and a spell-checker.

    In which case, something like Wordperfect (which is what I use) would be-- heh, perfect for you.

    I am unaware of the cost of the latest version, so you should ascertain that, yourself.
     
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    I would just use the program your computer came equipped with. I use Microsoft Word 2007, but anything model works.
     
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    I use Microsoft Word but you can also just use Open Office, which is free. Open Office has a program called Writer that pretty much does whatever Word does and can even save documents in Word format if you wish. Good luck.
     
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    Ha you beat me to it. I use Open Office. It's on the same scale as Word and in my opinion a little better.
     
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    I usse Open Office as well, and really like it. So I'd recomend that.
     
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    Where can you get open office?? I was looking online and I found WordPerfect Office for 16.00 to 18.00 so I am hoping that I can get it at officeMax or Office Depot or something like that.
     
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    I am going to try to download the open office because if I can I would like to keep my costs as low as possible especially now.
     
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    I link to it in my first post.
     
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    Toss another openoffice vote in the pile.
     
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    Microsoft Word is the standard, and I'd recommend that for the long term. Open Office is supposedly compatible, and probably is upwards of 99% of the time, so if you cannot afford Word at this time, Open Office is probably your best interim choice.

    I would not recommend a pure text editor like Wordpad for serious writing. You will eventually want to use some of the more advanced features of a real word processing program eventually, e.g. named styles.
     
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    I use OpenOffice, but sometime when I get distracted at everything, I use DarkRoom, which is a fullscreen, black background, green font text editor. Stops me from procrastinating.
     
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    OpenOffice.org Writer is fine - I'd agree with others who say it may even be a little better than Word. It will read and write MS Word documents fine, the only change I've noticed is little differences in where the page breaks occur. The spell-checker is a little weaker though - just make sure you're careful acting on any mistakes it picks up.
     
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    I downloaded the openoffice program. Now, how do I use it?? It does not seem to have any open pages on it to write?
     
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    I presume you've managed to install it OK? If not, follow the instructions here:
    http://download.openoffice.org/common/instructions.html
    (scroll down to "Comprehensive Installation Instructions" if you need them)

    There're some free tutorials here ...
    http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/category_index/wordprocessing.html
     

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