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Old 17-08-2013, 21:26
Andy Birkenhead
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Having a Windows 8 laptop, I don't have Microsoft Office software installed.
A friend has recommended downloading something called Open Office.
Does it have Word, Powerpoint and Spreadsheet ?
Is it compatible with Microsoft Office software ?
If you have it, what do you think of it ?
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Old 17-08-2013, 21:57
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I did have Open Office but changed to LibreOffice about a year ago ...... both compatible with Word, not sure about Powerpoint but spreadsheets it has .... I only use it as a word processor.

Comes recommended on here.
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Old 17-08-2013, 22:22
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used to have OpenOffice but switched to the fuller featured more MS office compatible LibreOffice a while back .... thanks to software licensing any good updates openoffice gets libreoffice is able to add BUT any updates/changes libreoffice makes can't transfer to openoffice
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Old 17-08-2013, 22:26
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Similar advice here in an earlier thread
http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showt...581&highlight=
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Old 17-08-2013, 22:37
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Our business, and a lot of workplaces I visit use LibreOffice and OpenOffice with no problems at all when sharing data between businesses. I highly recommend LibreOffice, my office suite of choice.

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Old 17-08-2013, 23:55
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I have LibreOffice on my Macbook Air. It's not a bad office suite and it's compatible with MS Office. I do have Office 2008 for Mac on my Pro though if I need full compatibility with the Dark Side.
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Old 18-08-2013, 00:34
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Having a Windows 8 laptop, I don't have Microsoft Office software installed.
You say that everytime you post on here...as we and you know Office only comes with selected PCs and has never come with all PCs no matter what version of Windows.
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Old 18-08-2013, 00:39
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Many more people already told you to pick up Libre Office rather than OpenOffice...
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Old 18-08-2013, 09:45
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A friend has recommended downloading something called Open Office.
LibreOffice is generally considered superior to Open Office. Details here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LibreOffice

Alternatively, the cloud based office systems such as Google Docs might be worth a try.
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Old 18-08-2013, 09:53
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LibreOffice for me as well, on my windows 8 machine and Mint linux laptop.


Even a friend of mine uses it on her Mac for business.
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Old 18-08-2013, 12:52
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Another option if you arent too fussed about Powerpoint is Office 2010 Starter. It's cut down versions of Word and Excel 2010 free for personal use. Whilst Libreoffice is good, I personally prefer this as it contains the modern UI and ribbon interface. At first I used to hate it but its not so bad when you get the hang of it.

As far as OpenOffice goes I had problems with it in the past where the formatting of documents would get trashed but I imagine this has been improved over time.
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Old 18-08-2013, 13:18
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I can't tell if the OP is trolling or has short term memory loss?
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Old 18-08-2013, 14:38
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Another option if you arent too fussed about Powerpoint is Office 2010 Starter. It's cut down versions of Word and Excel 2010 free for personal use. Whilst Libreoffice is good, I personally prefer this as it contains the modern UI and ribbon interface. At first I used to hate it but its not so bad when you get the hang of it.

As far as OpenOffice goes I had problems with it in the past where the formatting of documents would get trashed but I imagine this has been improved over time.
The Ribbon UI is a good reason for not using MS office.
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Old 18-08-2013, 14:48
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The Ribbon UI is a good reason for not using MS office.
It's certainly a major dividing factor one way or the other.
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Old 18-08-2013, 15:06
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I used the Home Use Programme through my employer to get the full Office 2013 (professional version) for 8.95
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Old 18-08-2013, 15:10
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Open Office and Libre Office are pretty much comparable, they do the same job, they're free and they're both up to date so you can choose and use either of them:

http://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

http://www.libreoffice.org/download

The basic Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is available free from here http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/...office_starter and if that doesn't work with an older system and OS then there's Kingsoft's basic and free office suite here http://www.kingsoftstore.co.uk/kings...-freeware.html.
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Old 18-08-2013, 15:17
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Open Office and Libre Office are pretty much comparable, they do the same job, they're free and they're both up to date so you can choose and use either of them:

http://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

http://www.libreoffice.org/download

The basic Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is available free from here http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/...office_starter and if that doesn't work with an older system and OS then there's Kingsoft's basic and free office suite here http://www.kingsoftstore.co.uk/kings...-freeware.html.
libreoffice has more features and is a bit more ms office file compatible .... has the new sidebar of openoffice4 (acquired from IBM & as openoffice include it libreoffice automatically gets it too) instead of a height robbing ribbon interface - similar space at side in office starter is taken up by ads
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Old 18-08-2013, 15:56
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Ribbon would be an issue back the ye olde days of 14" monitors but not today with most people using a good size monitor.

Ctrl F1 minimises it should you be on a something like a small screen laptop. I find ribbon very handy.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/wo...010166329.aspx

Are there still compatibility issues with the free office programmes and MS Office?
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Old 18-08-2013, 16:59
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It's certainly a major dividing factor one way or the other.
Another thing that MS forces onto people and again don't give people a choice.


i am starting to hate MS again for some reason. I thought with windows 7 being as good as it was, they have listened to people, but it seems like they have not.

I hope that Libre office don't go for this ribbon system.
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Old 18-08-2013, 17:03
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Another thing that MS forces onto people and again don't give people a choice.
Total crap. They aren't forcing you to buy it.
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Old 18-08-2013, 17:04
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It's certainly a major dividing factor one way or the other.
Doesn't bother me anymore. Gotten used to it. A useful strategy is that when you find a button that you intend to use regularly add it to the Quick Access toolbar. Then hide the ribbon until you need it again.
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Old 18-08-2013, 18:01
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Doesn't bother me anymore. Gotten used to it. A useful strategy is that when you find a button that you intend to use regularly add it to the Quick Access toolbar. Then hide the ribbon until you need it again.
I agree with you but it seems its too much like hard work for some
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Old 18-08-2013, 19:17
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I can't tell if the OP is trolling or has short term memory loss?
I'm not sure either!!
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Old 18-08-2013, 21:01
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Total crap. They aren't forcing you to buy it.
No, but I got to use it.
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Old 18-08-2013, 22:12
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No, but I got to use it.
For how long? If your just knocking out a letter of complaint or something you'd be better off just using wordpad perhaps. The ribbon bar as said earlier is a very effective tool when your using the likes of Word for more serious work.
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