Here is a good alternative to Microsoft Office, called FreeOffice …

Just because you have a Windows based computer does not mean you have to buy and install Microsoft Office. I can see purchasing Microsoft Office if you need it for work, a business or are a student (high school or college). Other than that don’t spend the money. There are FREE alternatives out there that are very compatible with Microsoft Office that will give you the ability to prepare documents, spreadsheets and presentations. As a real-life example, when I was working (managed a network), I purchased and installed Microsoft Office. I was a Microsoft Office user. Now that I am retired, I have explored the other options out there and the office suite that I now use to meet my home-based computing needs is an office suite called “FreeOffice”. It is very compatible with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; AND, if you are into Google Docs, it works very well with that, as well. Also, as a side note, if you own a Chromebook (that is Linux compatible), you can install FreeOffice on your Chromebook (see “How to install Softmaker FreeOffice on your Chromebook“).

For the money (cost $0.00); you can’t beat it… If you download from the developer’s website, you will find the download speed will be slower than usual; but, it will download.

FreeOffice is a complete Office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program – all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office.

SoftMaker – FreeOffice

Source: SoftMaker – FreeOffice

Get WPS Office 2019 For Linux (for your Chromebook)

If you are the proud owner of a Chromebook that has the Linux OS option baked in, you can download and install the WPS Office Suite (for FREE). Download from the link below. Once the page loads, click on “Download”, select the “DEB Package”. Once downloaded onto the Chromebook, go into the file manager, right click on the DEB file, and select install. Following the install go into the Chromebook’s launcher and locate Linux apps. There you will find WPS.

Source: WPS Office 2019 For Linux

LibreOffice 64-bit is a powerful office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity…

LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office Suite on the market: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, drawing and flowcharting application, Base, database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics.

Soure: FileHorse – LibreOffice 7.0.1

 

How to Install Softmaker FreeOffice 2018 on your Chromebook

If you own a Chromebook that is Linux compatible (and have the Linux OS turned “on”), you may want to install the FREE (2018) version of Softmaker FreeOffice. Softmaker FreeOffice is very compatible with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. For home-based computer use, you cannot beat the price = $0 … What I like about FreeOffice is the simplicity and the fact that you can install it on your Chromebook (and on Windows and Android devices).

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What You Need To Do In Order to Save and Open Google Docs, Sheets & Slides Offline

The past several days here at “What’s On My PC” I have been focused on various office suites that are available for FREE for folks at home. Each of those suites requires software to be installed. Another, online option, that requires no installation, that I find many people at home overlook is Google Docs (which includes Google Docs, Sheets and Slides). You can do a lot with this office suite and you can even configure this office suite so that you can save and open your files, even when you are offline (not connected to the internet). The only requirement to turn “on” offline use is that you use the Google Chrome browser and install a browser extension (see instructions below).

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A Microsoft Office Alternative That Is Totally FREE…

Many of you that explore the world of tech already know of LibreOffice. Many of you at home, do not. If you work in the business world where Microsoft Office is the core product needed to perform your job functions, then I can understand buying the product for use at home. Same goes with Students (to a certain extent), but most of us at home do not need to be paying out a handsome sum for a product that you will occasionally use and most likely will be financially tied to for many years. A good option, that is FREE and very compatible with Microsoft Office (and Google Docs) is LibreOffice. Here at “What’s On My PC” LibreOffice is my office suite software of choice that I frequently recommend to others.

LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite (that is Open Source software), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

Source: LibreOffice – Free Office Suite

Today’s Software Picks: BlueStacks App Player, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, and LibreOffice Portable

There are several Windows-based software applications that will allow you to run Android apps on your computer. One such software application, that was recently updated, is the BlueStacks App Player. Many people use this application as an Android gaming platform on their PC; but, I have found it will run many other Android apps, as well.

Have you ever experienced one of those scam popups on your computer that tells you your computer is infected and to call a phone number for assistance? If so, Malwarebytes AdwCleaner may be the solution in removing the issue from your computer. AdwCleaner is a compact and portable tool which can help you to remove toolbars, adware and similar browser-based pests.

Noticed that the “Portable Version” of LibreOffice was recently updated. This application as described on the site, “is a full-featured portable version of LibreOffice for Windows – including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database – packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go”.  Great compatibility with Microsoft Office…

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Today’s Software Picks: PDF Anti-Copy, Shotcut and WPS Office Suite

Today’s software picks feature a utility called PDF Anti-copy that prevents anyone from copying or converting your PDF Documents. I can see this coming in handy when managing legal documents. Second, on the list is a popular open source (FREE) video editor called Shotcut. Then, if you are in a pinch for a FREE Office Suite that is very compatible with Microsoft Office you may want to take a look at WPS Office Free 2019. Here at “What’s On My PC”, I use WPS as my main office suite, but with one caveat. If you go to the WPS site download the 2016 version. I have found that it is less complex in appearance, minimal ads, and uses less drive space.

Today’s Software Picks: WSCC, SUPERAntiSpyware, and LibreOffice Portable

WSCC (PortableApps) v4.0.1.2

WSCC (PortableApps) v3.2.7.0 screenshot 1 / 1

WSCC (PortableApps) is a free, portable program that allows you to view, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition v8.0.1044

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition v6.0.1116 screenshot 1 / 3

SUPERAntiSpyware claims to be the most thorough spyware remover on the market. It detects and removes all the malicious software from hard drives, memory, registry and removable media.

[UPDATE] LibreOffice Portable v6.3.1 Rev 2

LibreOffice is a complete productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, database, drawing tool and more. Includes strong compatibility for 100s of file formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio etc.). The program is similar to OpenOffice, a program that it was derived from, but has added many new features and improvements.

LibreOffice Portable is a special build developed in conjunction with the publisher. On systems without Java installed, some functions such as document creation wizards and the Base database application etc. can be enabled by adding jPortable, though this is optional and can be skipped if those functions are not needed. Alternatively, X-LibreOffice is also available.


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Today’s Software Picks: OpenOffice, Wireless Network Watcher, and Last Pass

Apache OpenOffice v4.1.7

Apache OpenOffice v3.0.0 Beta 2 RC 1 screenshot 1 / 5
OpenOffice.org is is a multi-platform office productivity suite.

[UPDATE] Wireless Network Watcher v2.21

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless or small wired network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. For every computer or device that is connected to your network, IP & MAC addresses, the company that manufactured the network card and optionally the computer name are all listed.

LastPass 4.33

LastPass automatically fills in saved log-ins and forms with the click of a button. This handy Web freebie and browser plug-in also syncs your data to any computer that you use regularly.


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Best FREE Office Suite For Your Chromebook (Andoid support required)

If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.

This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).

View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html

All-in-one Free Office Suite App

  • Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
  • Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF

Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader

  • Support PDF files reading and viewing
  • Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files

SOURCE:  Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)

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