LibreOffice is a free, complete office sweet that is compatible with file types of other popular office programs like Microsoft Word and Excel.
Popular office suites like Microsoft Office tend to be pricey. They provide you with almost everything you need: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and maybe even presentations and desktop publishing, but they can cost you an arm and a leg. Now you can get all of that and more with LibreOffice, a free, full-featured office suite created by some of the developers of OpenOffice.
LibreOffice includes the following applications to make your life easier:
• Writer – a word processing program powerful enough to use for desktop publishing
• Calc – an advanced spreadsheet program similar to Microsoft Excel, but better
• Impress – a presentation program even more powerful than Microsoft PowerPoint
• Draw – a drawing program that lets you build diagrams, sketches, 3D illustrations, and special effects
• Base – a database program that can be easily integrated with MySQL, Microsoft Access, and more
• Math – a simple equation editor that lets you write out mathematical and scientific formulas in standard written notation
LibreOffice comes with a built-in PDF file creator, so you can save any file as a PDF and share it with almost anyone, no matter which office suite they use. LibreOffice is compatible with file types of other popular office programs, like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many others. Its user-friendly interface makes it easy to use, and easy to make the switch from other office suites. LibreOffice runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems, and it comes in many different languages. The roots of LibreOffice go back 20 years, and thousands of users worldwide beta test every version, so you know each release is stable and functional.
Tips for New Users
LibreOffice’s easy-to-use interface means that making the switch from another office suite like Microsoft Office should be a cinch for experienced users. For help with some of LibreOffice’s unique features, review LibreOffice’s documentation, or subscribe to your local LibreOffice mailing list, where you can ask questions and get help from other users and developers. A LibreOffice wiki is also available at the LibreOffice web site.
Areas of Improvement
Microsoft Office always includes an e-mail client, Microsoft Outlook. This is one thing that is lacking from LibreOffice. Users who wish to use a local e-mail client will need to install a third party free program, like Mozilla Thunderbird, or another free office suite which includes an e-mail client, like SSuite Office.
Your new computer only came with a free trial version of Microsoft Office. Uninstall it, and get LibreOffice, a completely free office suite which you can use to type documents, create spreadsheets and databases, draw diagrams and sketches, write out mathematical equations, and build professional-looking presentations. You can still send your files to your boss, or share them with your friends, because LibreOffice is compatible with Microsoft Office and other popular office suites. So don’t break the bank for an expensive office suite. Download LibreOffice instead.
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