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#1 PDN

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:00 PM

I forgot to copy and paste.

I have MS Office now but only use Word and even that has more than I need. I was thinking of using 'Free Office' or maybe 'Libre Office'. My Office 2010 gets security only till 2020.

 

How will that affect my many Word documents in the PC, flash drives and the external drives. Will there be an automatic conversion? I read about them but would like another opinion before I switch.

It is a matter of finances as I am retired. If these programs can communicate with others it would be a good thing. I prefer not to use Google.


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 04:16 PM

There may be some conversion problems with Libre Office. I would use that over Open Office. 

 

Other free or low cost Office Alternatives that have good compatibility

 

Softmaker Free Office

 

WPS office.  $80 to remove the ads  Very good compatibility.

 

Office Online  - Downside is you can only do documents online

 

Google Docs  -  Downside is you can only do documents online, There are many youtube videos on converting Word Docs to Google Docs.



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 05:47 PM

Softmaker Free Office read very well.  I did use Google for a while but did not care for it. I'd like documents offline most of the time.

At least there are options.

Thank you for your input.



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:02 PM

Your Welcome,

I believe 90% of the people who use Windows Office only use 10% of it's capabilities and can get by very well with an alternative. Personally, I use Libre Office as I don't have any Word Docs or Excel Spreadsheets to worry about.



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:34 PM

Like John I use Libre Office although not exclusively. Libre Office works very well with the common MS Office files such as DOC, DOCX, XLS and XLSX. It can read and export files in these formats without problem unless, possibly, if you are running very complex spreadsheets.

 

The only compatibility problems I have found between the two are with presentations. LO's Impress and MS' Powerpoint do not seem to play well together.

 

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 11:22 PM

Very comfortable with Softmaker FreeOffice, but just beware - the free version will not let you save as DOCX;  you can read DOCX but not create nor save as DOCX.  Upgrade to the paid version if you like.

WPS Office WILL let you save as DOCX.

 

If you are interested in another paid product allowing for DOCX file format, there is Corel Office, but support from the company does not seem to be happening.

 

You might also consider Jarte, for word-processing purposes.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:06 AM

I am glad you told me about the Docx issue. I think most seem to like Libre Office so I will try it.

 

Do I install Libre, remove Office, change the default and all word docs are converted.

 

When I use the flash drives and external drives with Word docs, will they be converted to Libre format automatically?


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:40 AM

You do not have to install Libre Office. You can try the portable version. Double click the exe file and install it to a folder on your desktop. 

 

https://portableapps.com/apps/office/libreoffice_portable

When I use the flash drives and external drives with Word docs, will they be converted to Libre format automatically?

Libre Office will attempt to open your Office Docs automatically but because of the portable version you would need to select the Word File under the File Menu of Libre Office Writer i.e. File > Open. You would either save it again as doc or docx if you wanted to keep it in the same format or save the file as an odf file which is Libre Office's format. You may lose some formatting so if you do decide to save as odf open it after saving and see how the conversion completed.

Edited by JohnC_21, 30 November 2017 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:14 AM

Very comfortable with Softmaker FreeOffice, but just beware - the free version will not let you save as DOCX;  you can read DOCX but not create nor save as DOCX.  Upgrade to the paid version if you like.

WPS Office WILL let you save as DOCX.

 

If you are interested in another paid product allowing for DOCX file format, there is Corel Office, but support from the company does not seem to be happening.

 

You might also consider Jarte, for word-processing purposes.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:16 AM

There may be some conversion problems with Libre Office. I would use that over Open Office. 

 

Other free or low cost Office Alternatives that have good compatibility

 

Softmaker Free Office

 

WPS office.  $80 to remove the ads  Very good compatibility.

 

Office Online  - Downside is you can only do documents online

 

Google Docs  -  Downside is you can only do documents online, There are many youtube videos on converting Word Docs to Google Docs.

 


Edited by PDN, 30 November 2017 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 09:12 AM

I am buying  MS Office Home and Student, finally.

I have a lot of notes in my pc and also in two  flash drives and an external drive. 

Could you tell me how to go about this ?

I know at some point I have to uninstall the old Office 2010 but am not sure how to handle the same files in all drives.

I was going to uninstall the old Office, reboot then install the new Office.  All files will be converted to 2019 when installed in the pc, or used.



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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:08 AM

If you have not already purchased, and are on a budget, I would strongly recommend you look into the "recycled license" market for MS-Office on eBay.  Due to recent changes in the law in the EU Microsoft can no longer tie a license to a single machine permanently.  They can (and do) issue licenses for single machine use, but they used to be able to tie that license to the piece of hardware on which it was installed and only on which it was installed.  Now, if the hardware is decomissioned, it is legal to extract the license and use it elsewhere.

 

I have upgraded six machines to Office 2016 Pro Plus using recycled licenses and the "biggest difficulty" I had is that some would not activate via the internet and I needed to use the phone activation system.  Given that each license was under $10 it was well worth the effort.

 

I did not uninstall Office 2010 on a number of those machines, wanting to be certain that Office 2016 would function as expected before doing so.  I still have both on four of those six machines.


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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:28 AM

Thank you for the helpful tips; I will do some homework.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:16 PM

I had written earlier that softmaker FreeOffice did not allow for creating and saving as DOCX or XLSX;  the current versions now do actually let you save in these formats.  This is a great improvement.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 01:35 PM

Thank you for the additional good information.






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