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microsoft word

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by doodsy, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. doodsy

    doodsy Donator

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    My kids are telling me that they need microsoft word as they cant open
    some files ect so been looking for the software on the bay and have seen
    open office which is claimed will be compatable with word at fraction of
    the cost not sure what to do

    any advise peeps I need hellp


    Cheers

    George
     
  2. mattyts

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    Open office is free,don't buy it
     
  3. resnikov

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    Some companies have an agreement with Microsoft called the home user programme (hup) which allows you to buy office for about £10! This is the pro version of office which is normally a lot more.

    You could also look at the education discount/ student version.

    Open office will work with Microsoft office but some times the formatting and layout don't carry across well.
     
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    I use open office and it seems ok for me but if the kids need MS Word for school then maybe it might be best to find a copy of that

    Plenty of info here if it helps www.openoffice.org/
     
  5. mattyts

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    A lot of cheap MS copies on Ebay are just the torrented versions burnt to disc,save yourself time and money,torrent them yourself ;)
     
  6. Brittleview

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    I'd try free software before buying. Openoffice and LibreOffice are free and for the most part compatible with MSOffice applications which includes Word. You should be able to view, edit and save Word files. You can download them from either of :-

    http://www.libreoffice.org/ or https://www.openoffice.org/

    Another alternative would be Google docs. https://docs.google.com Just sign up for a google account.

    If you want to stick with Microsoft and its genuinely for your kids.....buy the student version from a reputable source. It'll leave you around £100 out of pocket. I'd be very wary of buying off Fleabay, you might be in for a surprise how good the fake copies are and Microsoft won't be sympathetic when it comes to registering it.

    ATB.
     
  7. doodsy

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    Cheers guys think I have to lookint it a little more :up:
     
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    Openoffice and libreoffice are both free and are fairly similar to MS office, there are some differences, but once you get used to them its fine.
    One thing to remember, especially if the school has office 2007 or newer is when you save a document, there is a small drop down menu below the filename that you choose and you need to make sure that you save it in a compatible format (have a look at Here for instructions about 1/3 way down for word)

    If they "have" to have MS Office, check with the school about getting a student version through them, it's quite a bit cheaper although not the full set of applications as in the pro version, it'll get the job done.
    Don't go the ebay route for MS office, they are nearly all pirated and can have you in hot water.
     
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    It's a pirates life for me matey! *Bites cutless in teeth and swings to the port bow*
     
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    Microsoft office stater 2010 is free, its a cut down version and all you get is an online link for the program. A bit like Google drive. It is what I use for my window cleaning business.
     
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    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    Oh don't get me wrong I have and always used libre. Just the op stated word it's just not for me
     

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