Whether you have a computer running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10, or older versions of the Windows operating systems. You are going to need word processing software. It may or may not be something that you use all the time but one thing is for sure we all have to write a letter at some point in our lives. IT for beginners starts to get confusing when you see all of the things on offer for your PC, and you don’t even know how to use it yet. Worst once you get your software, it looks so complicated that you don’t know how to use it.
If you have a new windows Pc your trial of Microsoft maybe be running out and you might be wondering if you should pay to keep it or find new options. Or perhaps you just want a change if your software isn’t living up to your hopes. No matter what your reasoning, I know 2 things; the first is that there is an arsenal of software out there and one of them will suit your needs, the second that today we are going to explore the word processing options that you have available to you as a windows user.
Word processing software is a piece of software that is installed on your PC and allows you to create text documents. Like letters, forms, your ideas, or any pages of written text. You can write short notes like a shopping list, or you can write longer documents like books.
The benefits of using a word processor are endless. Photo Source: Unsplash
The benefits of using a word processor are endless, but one of the primary reasons to use one is speed. Everything will be completed very quickly and look great. You may think that you write faster than you type, but like all things skills take time. With practice, you will develop and reap the benefits of saving time.
In the meantime you can still gain the following benefits:
Although it may seem challenging to think about having to learn PC basics and new software. Word processing software is surprisingly easy to use, and without much knowledge or experience, you can succeed in creating a document. Here are the steps
Voila, you are an IT beginner and you have already created your first document, I think you will agree that the hardest part was thinking about what to write not working out how to use the software.
You will no longer struggle to read your handwriting and nor will anyone else. Photo Source: Unsplash
You will be happy to know that because you have a windows PC that your software options and writing capabilities are endless. This is because Windows is the most widespread operating system in the computer world. Almost all software that is specialist software for Mac or Linux computers will be optimised to work with your windows PC. Let’s take a look at the options available and what they do.
Microsoft (MS) Word (Part Of The MS Office Software)
Microsoft office is made by the same company that made your Operating system (the brain of the computer). Because of that, you will often find that a trial version of MS office has been uploaded to your PC (Basic version). This is useful if you want to try the software or if you like MS word. If you don’t like the software; however, this can be called bloatware and can be uninstalled should you wish to use other software in its place.
MS Word is the software that all other software have used for inspiration. It is a really great software, and proof of this is that companies around the world use this software as their office standard. Knowing a bit about it can really help you not just at home but professionally also.
Note: Word is also usable under Mac OS, the Apple operating system.
Word is bundled with MS Office application, the newest version of which is a cloud offering Office 365 and they also have office 2019, 2016, and earlier versions too. The most common applications in the MS office bundle are:
You will be happy to know that because you have a windows PC that your software options and writing capabilities are endless. Photo Source: Unsplash
Although it may seem like MS word is the winner, keep reading because there is some equally amazing software available and many of them come with a price tag of Free. Unlike MS Ofice suite of applications. There are hundreds of solution out there’s a few of the best are:
Free Cloud Software
Google Docs is a great option to do your word processing for free if you are often on the internet. The bonus of this is that you don’t have to remember to save your work as it is being done every second automatically so if you often lose work because you forget to save. Then this could be a perfect option for you. It has all of the mod cons of an intermediate level word processing software and is perfect for almost all levels of user and purposes.
To use Google docs you just need a Gmail account. To find the webpage just ‘google’ Google Docs and sign in with your account. You will then be able to choose between word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Another bonus is that you don’t even need your laptop to view, edit or create documents all you need is an internet connection. (Price tag: Free)
WPS Office, Libre Office And Open Office
These are three open source software solutions which all offer free office suites. WPS Office is the one most like MS word, then libre office and finally Open Office. One of the most downloaded software alternatives is LibreOffice. It’s a simple-to-use software that provides almost the same functionality as Word, whether writing an official letter or preparing a complex report.
To download a free word processor, just go to the official website and install it from your desktop, just by opening the application. Simple as hello!