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With several essential features of the best word processing software and no-cost price tag Google Docs definitely earned its place in our review.

The only thing needed to access Google Docs word processing software is an internet connection and Google ID.

Google ID's are free to set up. Simply go to the Google homepage and click on sign in. You will be taken a page where you can enter your ID or create an account.
All that is needed to create an account is an email address and a password. What a simple way to get a free word processing application.

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Usability
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6.4/10
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TextMaker
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Ability Write
RagTime
7.5
8.8
7.5
7.5
6.4
2.5
5
2.5

The first thing you'll notice when opening a document in Google Docs is that it is very user -friendly. The menu options are in the expected places as well as the important editing toolbar buttons.

If you are a Word user you will be pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Google Docs. While navigating the application we felt as though we were using less powerful version of Word, however we also liked that fact that we could access our documents from anywhere that offered an internet connection.

Basic Features
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5/10
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TextMaker
Corel Write
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Ability Write
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9.4
7.5
5
5
5
5
2.5
2.5

One of Google Docs’ word processing software features that no one else offers is that when you save your documents you have instant access to them from any other computer. As long as you have an internet connection and can remember your password you are able to log into the website and have access to the program and all of your documents without having to download anything.

Users are provided with 1GB of storage space for uploaded files. However, keep in mind that this is only for Google Docs. Photo and email storage does not count towards the Google Docs word processing application limit.

Editing Tools
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5/10
Microsoft Word
WordPerfect
TextMaker
Corel Write
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Kingsoft Writer
Ability Write
RagTime
9.4
7.5
6.9
5
5
5
5
4.4

Google Docs editing features are limited to the basic commands of find and replace, cut, copy, paste, undo and redo. However for the average user these are the only tools that are really used.

Publishing/Print Options
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5/10
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TextMaker
Corel Write
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Ability Write
RagTime
10
7.5
6.9
6.9
5
7.5
5
3.8

One of Google Docs’ strong points is the ability to convert files into several different formats including PDFs, and HTML.

They also offer users the ability to review documents using print preview. This is great news for those that have a hard time being able to tell if what they have created is truly what they want to see on paper.

Insert Tools
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5/10
Microsoft Word
WordPerfect
TextMaker
Corel Write
Google Docs
Kingsoft Writer
Ability Write
RagTime
9.4
7.5
8.8
5
5
7.5
5
6.3

Though the Google Docs word processing software application does not offer the clip art feature that Word does, they do offer some great graphic options. One of those being that when you choose to insert an image you are taken to an area where you can upload your own image or you can Google a specific image.

File Formats
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3.8/10
Microsoft Word
WordPerfect
TextMaker
Corel Write
Google Docs
Kingsoft Writer
Ability Write
RagTime
7.5
10
5
8.8
3.8
6.3
5
2.5

Concerned that the letter you just emailed to Grandma can't be opened by her word processing application?

Google Docs offers the ability to be able to open a document in seven different formats including Word and PDF files.

Google Docs Summary:
5.2/10

If you are on a budget and are looking for a word processing software application that can handle an average work-load then Google Docs is an option that you should look into.

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