Free Program Similar To Word

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I am using WIN 8.1 on my laptop and wonder if you can suggest a free program similar to MS Word that I can use for document/letter writing, etc. I don’t want to have to pay the price for MS, and I don’t need all the other things like Excel and the others in Office.

I think I remember you suggesting some replacements a while back, but can’t remember the names of them. I am a senior and not very computer-savy, so if you could also tell me how to download and get such a program up and running it would be a big help.

I have been a subscriber to your newsletter for a long time, and want to thank you so much for all the good tips and how-to’s you have given us all, it is really appreciated.

Thank you again, Bob

Dear Bob,

The simplest thing to use would be WordPad which is already installed on your Windows 8.1 computer, all you need to do is find it. Here is how:

1. Tap the windows logo key on your keyboard, or click on the start menu button.

2. Once you have opened the start menu screen, type the word, WordPad and a search will appear on the right side of the screen.

3. WordPad will be listed in the search results. Click on it to open the program.

4. Once you have opened WordPad, you can keep a shortcut to it on your taskbar. Just right click the icon on your taskbar, and click to select, “Pin This Program To Taskbar”. Now, when you close WordPad, you can open it any time by clicking once on the taskbar icon.



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