MS Office alternatives that display documents 1:1 to MS Office?

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  1. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I have MS Office 2013 and its nice and all, but it feels as if it lowers boot times and overall PC performance right after its installation, even if you install all the updates. I try to stay away from MS as much as possible, with except for Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1, which does rock.

    The issue I had with other DOC/DOCX file openers and editor is that the final product, like Resume, would not look the same on computer that do use MS Word. Having a single item extend into the next page on your Resume while it should stay on the first page is already a deal-breaker. Google Docs, for example, does not display my Word files the same way that MS Word 2013 would... I am looking for alternatives that would make my document edits look identical for MS Office users and for me, using whichever program I would be using to make those edits. I mostly need one as a Word replacement, but Excel, and PowerPoint would be welcome also. And no, WordPad is NOT going to cut it. Something portable that doesn't need a bunch of space or overtakes your PC would be great! FREE is what I am looking for, but it its cheap and it delivers - I might settle for that too!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Tito

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    Office 2010 Starter??
     
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  3. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    I already have MS Office 2013 and I can select to install only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. MS Office likes to overtake your PC somewhat and it needs a ton of updates, etc. I want to create a WORD document using a simpler WORD-like editor, save my file, send it to someone who would open it with MS Office 2013 and see it EXACTLY as I saved it, with exactly the same formatting. Google Docs cannot do that... what can?
     
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  4. MonarchX

    MonarchX MDL Expert

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    Note on Apache OpenOffice: "The applications themselves look and feel much like the pre-ribbon Microsoft Office (they will open most Office documents, too, although the original formatting isn't always preserved)."

    Deal-breaker... I need it to be preserved 1:1.
     
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  5. DJxSpeedy

    DJxSpeedy MDL Senior Member

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  6. smlm17

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    Kingsoft Office Suite is a choice!
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    today i had to try both office free suites for a .wps file and neither worked..turns out the older .wps aren't compatible with word or similar progs... has to be wordperfect
     
  8. trungpt

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  9. Dr.Bender

    Dr.Bender MDL Novice

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    Have you tried Open Office? It's free. Or Libreoffice it is lighter.
     
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  10. NokTham

    NokTham MDL Novice

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    Check SoftMaker Office, been working with it for some time, and so far it has been an awesome alternative to MS Office.
     
  11. hanni.mannimeter

    hanni.mannimeter MDL Novice

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    Hey,

    I work a lot with office and I kinda cant understand how it could have slowed your pc down that significantly.
    Especially with office 2013. I would never want to trade office for anything. Once you know all its features..

    Anyhow, office has a lot of feature, you might be best of with thinking about not installing all of them.
    Like onedrive, lync, onenote, office tools..
    The others I really dont see a lot of performance hit on boot time

    Kind regards
     
  12. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

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    He wants documents to not be altered in any way, and in my experience these rape the document pretty hard.

    Still chokes on stuff today and somebody on a college project used it and it visually destroyed all the stuff I made.

    Google Docs is far worse. It surely must have gotten better but every document I fed to that lost 100% formatting like a notepad file. I don't use it anyway as Google = #1 spy company, though MS would rat you out to NSA I don't have any documents on SkyDrive that aren't official stuff like taxes anyway )government knows but Google doesn't).
     
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  13. oliverjia

    oliverjia MDL Addicted

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    There is no such alternative that can do 1:1. The closest you'll get is WPS office suite, formerly Kingsoft Office. All other office suites aren't even close to WPS in terms of compatibility with MS Office.
     
  14. Kim100

    Kim100 MDL Senior Member

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    Softmaker is better in my humble opinion:g:
     
  15. mr01

    mr01 MDL Novice

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    You should downgrade back to office 2007. I'm currently using that instead of Office 2013 and it works great. Office 2013 was slow to boot up for me as well and it didn't help that it had some background tasks running which makes it even slower. Office 2007 feels lean and mean. The applications uses around 5 to 10mb and loads up super fast.
     
  16. ZarkBit

    ZarkBit MDL Junior Member

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    Yep, same here, if I use an Office product from MS, it's the 2007 versions, works great, and it's pretty lightweight compared to newer versions.
     
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