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Free Alternative to MS Office: LibreOffice

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Resource of the Week: LibreOffice

Looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office but don’t like Open Office? Give LibreOffice a try. Like Office, LibreOffice offers alternatives to Word (Writer), Excel (Calc), PowerPoint (Impress), Access (Base), and even Adobe Illustrator (Draw). Formula is an advanced math application.

From The Document Foundation:

LibreOffice is an open-source personal productivity suite that gives you six feature rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs, writer, calc, impress, draw, math, and base. Support and documentation is free. LibreOffice also comes configured with a PDF file creator, meaning you can distribute documents that you’re sure can be opened and read by users of almost any computing device or operating system.

The documents are saved in LibreOffice format but other available formats include the common Office extensions. There is also an Export as PDF option. LibreOffice is a budget-friendly alternative to high priced software.

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