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How Do I Choose the Best Open Source Word Processor?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
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  • Last Modified Date: 01 October 2017
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To choose the best open source word processor, you should consider what features you need and look for software that is currently supported with a fairly large user base. You should consider what file types you need to work with, and ensure that any program you choose can utilize those types. If you want a word processor that is part of a larger suite of programs, then you should look for software that includes functionality with other open source software. You should also consider any special features or functions you want and look for an appropriate program.

An open source word processor is a software program used to create and edit text documents through word processing. These programs are often featured as major aspects of larger office suites of programs, usually including other software for creating spreadsheets, presentations, and organizing accounting budgets. An open source word processor is created and distributed under an open source license, which allows you and others to use and modify the software as you see fit.

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You should typically look for an open source word processor that is updated regularly and has a large community behind it. Since open source software can be added to and modified by any user, a larger community usually indicates a wider array of features for such software. While you can typically use older software that has not been updated regularly, you may find using these programs frustrating. It can be difficult to get technical support for such programs, and they may not be compatible with newer operating systems or hardware.

If you are interested in an open source word processor that is part of a larger package, look for software that is part of a suite. This means that other programs, usually also open source, can function with the word processor more easily. You can use such programs to more quickly and effectively transfer data from one program to another. This can allow you to use an open source word processor to record information which you may then be able to easily transfer into a spreadsheet made in another program in that suite.

You should also look for an open source word processor that includes any special features or functions you may need. If you want a program to teach children to type or read, for example, then you should look for software that includes features like text-to-talk and a simple user interface that is more child-friendly. You should also be sure any program you choose can open and edit any document file types you regularly work with, to ensure functionality with the files you have or need to create.

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