Replacement For MS Works

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I’ve enjoyed your column for a few years — useful answers without tech mumbo-jumbo. Now I have a question.

I’ve used MicroSoft Works a lot because it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles the other Office type
suites have, but now Windows no longer includes Works.

Can you suggest any other similar program?

Thanks, Chas

Dear Chas,

Microsoft discontinued Works in 2010, so the number of computers that can read and/or write Works files is dwindling.

What can you do to replace Works? I can give you two, no cost, options to get started.

1. You can download and install the free, open source, Libre Office at:
Not only will LibreOffice allow you to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but it will also be able to open most of your Works documents.

2. You can switch to online document creation using Google Docs. Just head over to: where you can create, share and store documents, spreadsheets and presentations.



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    • Phily
    • November 16, 2014

    LibreOffice is great!! They update their program often. I use it frequently for word processing and spreadsheets.

    • sj_kac
    • November 23, 2014

    You do not have to give up on Microsoft Works. I have been using Microsoft Works for years and perfer it over other programs for it’s simplicity. My copy of Microsoft Works came with my old Fujitsu Windows 98 computer. Luckily the computer came with the installation disks. So I have been able to install and run it on every Windows computer I have bought since then, XP and now Windows 7. That is the good thing about Windows, almost everything is compatible. If you do not have the old installation disks, I am sure you you can find a copy online.

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