Is there a lightweight and small word processing program that I can download for free?

Vicki Maye October 12, 2012

I would like to download a word processing program for free. I just want the word portion. I have tried to download Open Office and get about halfway and I get an error message. My computer is pretty slow, so I really just need the word portion. Is there a way to do it?

  1. Anonymous
    December 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

    OpenOffice isn't all that small, but it's just as good as word!

  2. Vicki Maye
    November 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I really appreciate all the responses I received on the word processing programs.
    I decided to download AbiWord. I didn't have any problems downloading the program.
    If I ever have any questions I will definitely come here to get the information.
    Thanks again for all the help,

  3. Dave Rimmer
    October 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I have Kingsoft Writer and it#s quite good and a small download there are a couple of links to it already form a few people, I recommend it.

  4. howard wolowitz
    October 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

    they are usually small and fast

  5. howard wolowitz
    October 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

    why dont you use portable apps?

  6. Irshaad Abdool
    October 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    windows live >> Documents >> New word document

  7. Nathan Labbe
    October 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    try note++ or notepad++

  8. Declan Lopez
    October 17, 2012 at 2:42 am

    libre office or abiword. you can also use google docs in offline mode if you have a gmail account

  9. Pwince Khan
    October 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    if you are regular internet user then you can choose google docs without downloading and working online

  10. Adrian Rea
    October 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    If you get a chance Vicki, I am sure we would love to hear what you chose to do in the end.

  11. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    If OpenOfice and LibreOffice are bulky for you, then "Abiword" is for you.

  12. Paul Pruitt
    October 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Don't forget WordPad that is already installed in Windows.

  13. Sushil Kathpalia
    October 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    If you have good internet speed then try Microsoft online word processor..

  14. Chris Reich
    October 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Wordgrinder is the smallest word processor I've found. It does not even require graphical user interface, meaning it runs in terminal mode or on computers not running a desktop environment.

    I highly recommend AbiWord if you need to run in a graphical user interface environment with a mouse. If you're running Mac OS X, then "Bean" is the preferred choice.

    While both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are big downloads, when running any of the individual applications in the suite, only the part of the suite you're using will be running. For example, while using the LibreWord, your computer will not use any of the code for LibreCalc or any of the other applications.

    I hope this helps - Chris Reich; Rochester, New York

  15. Sam Kar
    October 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Following are my recommendation:

    1. SoftMaker FreeOffice for Windows - no separate word

    2. Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 - separate word

    3. AbiWord-separate word

    PS: not all of the above provides ability to open/edit .docx documents

  16. Aditya Roy
    October 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Instead of downloading a software, try using google docs/drive.
    There are plenty of online substitutes, such as Zoho Writer, Crocodoc,Primary Pad, Edupad, Greendoc.

  17. Rajaa Chowdhury
    October 13, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Download the Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2012 ( from . The download size is only 39.1MB.

    Alternatively, do not download anything and just use the MS Office Web Apps over the internet, it is again totally free. More details at .

  18. Adrian Rea
    October 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Have you considered using an online application from say zoho, googledocs, thinkfree and many more. I think most are free and are better if you decent internet connection. .Worth a look

  19. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I have used LibreOffice at work and it works wonders. It has most of the functionality and is very lightweight. Since then, I have moved on to online editing and now use a combination of Google Docs and Zoho Show.

    Zoho Show is by far my favorite these days as I just seem to like the minimalistic interface.

  20. ha14
    October 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Jarte freeware and there is also Jarte Plus shareware


  21. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I can recommend you two products. both free and open source. try them.. I prefer lebre office.



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