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AbiWord

CNET Editors' review

This free, open-source word processor strikes us as a worthy alternative to pricey, big-name products. AbiWord has a quick learning curve, since the interface is very similar to those in Word and WordPerfect.

You'll find just about all the features you need, including the ability to cut and paste, highlight, and a bevy of common formatting tools. Although we did miss a grammar-checking utility, AbiWord can check your spelling in many languages--you'll need to choose the appropriate foreign language dictionaries during installation. A huge plus is the ability to open and save Microsoft Word documents, though the program also has its own proprietary file format. You can download plug-ins at the publisher's site to import and export a wide variety of other formats, including OpenDocument.

The latest version integrates with the AbiCollab Web service for sharing documents, and finally introduces an annotation feature that competitors have long had. AbiWord should appeal to a wide range of users who seek a functional word-processing app but lack a large bank account.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 202 votes

    • 5 star: 84
    • 4 star: 58
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 20
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not install on a Windows 7 machine."

    November 9, 2013  |   By graham.hyatt

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    None for W7

    Cons

    Everything for W7. I was able to install in Windows 7, but unable to open it, regardless of what I tried. I see it is only shown in CNet as to and including Vista. However, another website was not as helpful, and recommended it as 1st rate, without saying for which systems.

    Summary

    It might well be a very goo substitute for WORD, but not on Windows 7.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked for me with Windows 8"

    July 26, 2013  |   By kittychu

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    I have used Word Perfect for many, many years, and this program so far seems to work perfectly on my laptop with Windows 8. Absolutely no learning curve. And it's free!

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Won't install on Win 7"

    April 6, 2013  |   By nickrusso

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    ...none...

    Cons

    Won't install

    Summary

    The screen shot looked incredibly promising; I was hoping for an alternative to Word 2003, since MS Office has been garbage since the 2007 version... BUT, the installer gets stuck at about 60%. I tried it twice, letting it proceed for 5 minutes with no progress.

    I wish that this were updated to install and run properly. Who knows what detritus the partial install left behind?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "did not run on windows 2000 computer"

    November 17, 2012  |   By martincnet001

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    did not run on windows 2000 computer

    Cons

    did not run on windows 2000 computer

    Summary

    did not run on windows 2000 computer

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  • 4.0 stars

    "User-Friendly, But..."

    July 19, 2012  |   By SweetOzarksGirl

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    I like how easy it is to use. I used WordPerfect many, many years ago and loved it, but then everyone switched to Word. I hated Word and still do. I've been using LibreOffice, but it's too complicated, but I like how clean and elegant it looks. Recently I had a document that I couldn't get right in Word or LibreOffice, so I downloaded AbiWord. I got my document just how I needed it.

    Cons

    It word wraps at the colon in times, such as 7:
    00pm.

    That's very frustrating and I sure would like to know how to avoid this issue.

    It makes me wonder if there's not other bugs I haven't encountered yet.

    Summary

    You can open it up and go. There's no learning curve.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I dont even know what to say"

    May 20, 2012  |   By TehDeagleEye

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    There arent any

    Cons

    1. Takes forever to start up 2. Cant copy and paste from other websites or documents 3. Runs REALLY SLOW (About 10X Slower that Microsoft Word) 4. CANT UNINSTALL!!! 5. No Spellcheck. 6 Crappy quality 7. IT LAGS 8. (This is the worst one of all) After you save and then close a document You cant open it up again.

    Summary

    CRAPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYDONT INSTALLLLL!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great little software program!"

    February 4, 2012  |   By barbnik516

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    I just wanted a word program, no other software. This is exactly
    what I needed on my new laptop. It's simple and has just enough features.

    Cons

    When I'm typing the letters "jump up" to another line above. I don't know if maybe it is not compatible with my Windows 7. I do a lot of re-typing words in their proper places. This is my only hangup regarding Abiword.

    Summary

    Even though the word jumping bothers me, I was happy to find an alternative word program. I tried Open Office and that didn't work for me at all. If anyone has any fixes for the above issue, I'd be very pleased to hear them. Thanks!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Basic Word processor that gets the job done"

    December 2, 2011  |   By Indian_art

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    Very good program with most feature of LibreOffice and OpenOffice

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Definitely recommend you to download this (very small) file & try it. I hope you like it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Word Processor"

    November 27, 2011  |   By caclharm

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    I've used Abiword thru several versions now and find it very easy to work with and compatible with Microsoft Word docs. Much smaller footprint on my hard drive and really enjoy using it. I like the way "tools" are laid out when you open Abiword. Give it a try and I think you will become a fan of it.

    Cons

    none I can think of right now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "wonderful piece of work"

    November 27, 2011  |   By virginwolfe

    Version: AbiWord 2.8.6

    Pros

    easy to handle and works in all formats

    Cons

    none that I can find

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