Word Processing Software Review

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Why Buy Word Processing Software?

Word processing software is a tool that can be used to create almost any kind of text document you can think of. From blogs to postcards, this type of software allows even new computer users to create professional looking projects at home or in the office. Most people are familiar with the basics of word processing, but there are tons of options and additional features that can really take your document from fine to fantastic. And while Microsoft Word has become the recognized standard, there are several other alternatives that you might want to consider.

What to Look for in Word Processing Software

Finding the best word processing software for your needs can be difficult, so we've done the work for you! We've found the best software, tried them out and posted the goods here so you can make an informed decision before you buy.

Here is an overview of the criteria we used when ranking each software brand.

Usability
You don't want to buy word processing software that you can't figure out. That's why we made sure to test each piece of software from a beginner's point-of-view. You're also going to be looking at the software's screen for prolonged periods of time, so we also took note of how easy the layout is on the eyes.

Basic Features
These are features that we feel every word processor should possess. From creating bulleted lists to keeping your documents safe, these features are essential to making simple documents that will work for the office, classroom or home.

Editing Tools
We understand that not everyone is a spelling whiz or a grammar champion. Good text software should pick up the slack. We looked for software that included dictionaries, thesauruses, spell checkers and grammar correcting tools built in.

Publishing/Print Options
A finished document sitting on a hard drive is of no use. Print and publishing options help you get that text out to the world by turning it into blogs, HTML, wikis and more with a few mouse clicks.

Insert Tools
Plain text is boring. Insert tools jazz up documents by allowing you to add drawings, pictures, clip art, graphs, charts, movies and more. Better yet, these word processors have tools that allow you to create many of these types of media yourself for a truly unique touch to your projects.

File Formats
When you're done with a text document, you may need to send it to someone else. Saving your document in a form that your buddy can open on his computer is crucial. Because of this, we checked to see which programs could save in different file formats, including rich text format, .doc, .txt and more.

By browsing these categories in each review, you will be able to find the features that you need for your projects, and ultimately, make an informed decision on the word processing software you need.

So which word processing software made our top three picks? Take a look at Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and EasyWord.

You'll also find a number of interesting articles on word processing software in our Learning Center.

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Usability
Tab Navigation
 
    
Dropdown Menu Navigation  
 
Simulation Mode  
      
Intuitive
 
  
 
Basic Features
Page Layout Options
Text Highlighting Feature
 
  
Bullet Point and Numbering
Multi-Level List/Outline Formatting
  
 
Quick Style Options
 
 
Watermark Insertion
     
Page Color Options
 
 
Envelope and Label Creation
  
 
Pre-Made Templates
Download-able Templates
   
   
Cross-Referencing
 
   
Format Copying
 
   
Automatic Format Clearing
   
  
Online Application Launcher  
 
 
  
Alphabetizing
       
Editing Tools
Auto Correct for Spelling
 
 
Spell Checker
Grammar Checker
 
  
 
Thesaurus
 
 
Dictionary/ Look Up Feature
 
   
Citation Insertion
 
     
Bibliography Insertion
     
Translate
   
   
Character Count
Word Count
Changes Tracking
  
  
Adjustable Page Size and Margins
Comments/Notes
  
  
Prompt-As-You-Go  
      
Publishing/Print Options
Create a Blog Post
       
Send to Network
       
Create a Website or HTML
 
Print Preview
Email
 
  
PDF
 
Fax
  
  
Mail Merge
  
 
 
Insert Tools
Drawing Tools
 
 
Photos
Clip Art
Tables
Diagrams
 
Themes  
  
   
Backgrounds     
   
Shapes
 
Word Art
  
  
Drop Cap Letters
 
    
Equations
 
Caption
 
 
 
Signature
   
  
Sound  
     
Movies         
Callouts
 
   
 
File Formats
Open Document
 
     
Microsoft Works
       
WordPerfect
      
OpenOffice   
     
PDF
 
XPS
       
WordStar  
      
XyWrite  
      
Microsoft Word
 
Lotus  
      
Excel  
      
OfficeWriter         
Rich Text Format
 
Plain Text Format