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Question about word processing software

by Big Steve / January 27, 2012 5:13 AM PST

Is this the correct forum to post a question about any MS Works or MS Word software? My 6 year old Dell Dimension 3100 desktop computer currently has MS Works 8.0, not MS Word 8.0 but MS Works 8.0 on it.

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Re: question
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 27, 2012 11:15 PM PST

Yes, this is the correct forum, in principle. But not many people visiting this forum use MS Works.

So you can try to post your question here, but if no answer comes after 2 days, better repost on


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Re: question
by Big Steve / January 28, 2012 8:05 AM PST
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Then if many do not use MS Works, what do they use? MS Word?
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Re: what do they use
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 28, 2012 9:22 PM PST
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Many people indeed do use MS Word. That's not VERY expensive if you buy the Home and Student version of MS Office, and of course, lots of people get it practically free via an academic or school license or from their work.

Others use free equivalents like OpenOffice, Libre Office, Kingsoft Free 2012 or Lotus Symphony.

And others don't need more than Wordpad. Do you?


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Re: What do they use
by Big Steve / February 1, 2012 4:36 AM PST
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MS Works is fine for me unless I should upgrade to MS Word or something similar. All I use my MS Works for is to create documents like templates for letters, fax cover sheets, contact information for people or businesses I deal with, and envelopes; lots of envelope templates stored in MY DOCUMENT'S folder. As for Wordpad you lost me. I had someone email me a document once in Wordpad, I couldn't figure out how to open it. Maybe because I have MS Works 8.0 is the reason I couldn't open it. Does CNET Downloads offer something similar to MS Word at no charge?

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You should be fine.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 5:01 AM PST
In reply to: Re: What do they use

The thing about MS Word, (MS Office), and MS Works is all about opening files. Where word processor documents are sent and delivered electronically, eg by email, or home or office network, or whatever means of electronic transfer, both the sender and the recipient need to be using the same software ideally.

For example, most businesses use MS Word/Office. They can send and receive .doc documents to each other and externally and open the documents without problem. If anyone receives a word processor document created by software they do not have, eg a Works document or a Corel Word Perfect document, they may not be able to open it.

However, in your case, if you are 'printing' documents and envelopes, fax covers, and so on, and/or sending documents by mail or fax, then the recipient doesn't have any problem reading them.

So in my view you don't need anything else. doesn't offer any MS Word products for free, although there are MS Office substitutes like OpenOffice or LibreOffice, but again, it doesn't look like you need those.

Wordpad is installed on all Windows' systems and you should find yours in Start > All programs > Accessories > Wordpad. It is rarely used nowadays but is a useful if primitive word processor. If I need to make quick notes for myself, I use Notepad, also installed on all Windows' systems.


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Re: You should be fine.
by Big Steve / February 19, 2012 6:44 PM PST
In reply to: You should be fine.

Thanks for the info.

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OS version ?? XP??
by JessGless / February 19, 2012 8:49 AM PST

IF your OS isn't too far behind (using XP??) and your RAM is decent - you might want to try out OpenOffice.
This is Open Source software, a FREE download if not for business purposes, AND, it can be set up to SAVE files in the MS Off format with the MS Off ICONs. That should help you if you send files out. Give it a try.

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Re: OS version ?? XP??
by Big Steve / February 19, 2012 6:54 PM PST
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My computer's OS is Windows Home XP/SP3. I thought it was Windows Home XP/SP2 but after going to Microsoft's website and finding how to check I found out since my computer has been able to automatically receive updates from Windows at 3:00 a.m. each morning that my Dell Dimension 3100 desktop PC has Windows Home XP/SP3. I don't use the computer that much but I believe it came configured with 512MB RAM.

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Use any other word processor
by alexbownsb / February 10, 2015 11:53 PM PST


You can also use any other word processing software such as Open Office Software for such task.

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