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Apache OpenOffice

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Apache OpenOffice.org is the free open-source productivity suite that rivals Microsoft's Office suite, the business world's standard. OpenOffice.org is compatible with most Office documents and many other file types. Like Office, it's a collection of powerful tools, but you don't have to install all its modules. The latest version of OpenOffice.org supports Windows 8.

The OpenOffice.org installer's custom option lets users choose which Program Modules to install from Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress, Base, and Math, plus shared Optional Components. During setup, we chose to make OpenOffice.org our default program for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. OpenOffice.org comes with a lot of support in the form of Help files and other documentation as well as a huge community of users and developers. And, while its tools aren't Office clones, users who are familiar with Word, Excel, and other Office tools will find their OpenOffice.org counterparts easy to understand.

Clicking the OpenOffice.org icon produced a quick-start page that let us open documents, spreadsheets, formulas, and databases. We started with a new document in Writer, the suite's word processor. We quickly created a document and clicked Save to see our options. Writer offered 12 choices, including its proprietary ODF file format (.odt) as well as four Word standards, HTML, text, text encoded, and rich text. Not every format is completely compatible, though. Nevertheless, Writer offers as much as any top word processor. Impress is a presentation wizard, while Draw is a capable graphics editor. Calc is OpenOffice.org's Excel-compatible spreadsheet tool, and Base generates and accesses databases via the Database Wizard. Math is one of OpenOffice.org's advantages over Office: it's a standalone equation editor that can also insert formulas as objects into Writer.

One thing OpenOffice.org lacks that Office has is an integrated e-mail client like Outlook. But OpenOffice.org is compatible with a wide range of e-mail clients, including Mozilla Thunderbird, which many OpenOffice.org users recommend for use with the suite. Still, count us among those who'd like a fully integrated OpenOffice.org e-mail client. In any case, it's hard to find fault with anything OpenOffice.org does, especially since every bit of it is free.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 1,995 votes

    • 5 star: 1151
    • 4 star: 565
    • 3 star: 110
    • 2 star: 41
    • 1 star: 128
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like it better than new MS Office"

    March 22, 2014  |   By marycc55

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    It's free. It works like old MS Office. The ribbon takes getting used to. Watch when you download it. You don't have to install Conduit and other features. I also hate it when "free" software hijacks my browser and forces new programs, like a coupon club down my throat.

    Cons

    The only con is that it doesn't have Publisher. Fortunately, I have an old version of Microsoft Small Business Office and was able to download Publisher from it.

    Summary

    I would recommend it to friends and family. Microsoft should just lower the price on its software. It is ridiculously over priced given the number of Office Productivity alternatives. I considered the Office 365 option. But why give Microsoft more money. Use this and I think you'll be satisfied.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not so great ! ! ! ! !"

    March 8, 2014  |   By patc135

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    It's Free. That's the only thing that Apache's version of Open Office has going for it. The ORIGINAL Open Office (before Apache took it over) was MUCH BETTER. I would really like to re-install the original version. Is that possible???

    Cons

    Is not able to copy/cut & paste properly. It always causes some kind of problem especially when attempting to cut & paste photos.

    Summary

    Very unhappy with APACHE Open Office

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent software"

    February 10, 2014  |   By camry

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    Simple to use with very familiar toolbar

    Cons

    There are no cons for this great software.

    Summary

    Thank you for making this software available at no charge. I really appreciate it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic software"

    February 3, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    -does everything you could possibly imagine or need.
    -open source and trustworthy software.

    Cons

    -none really. this is unbelievable that it is free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent . Does all I need."

    January 7, 2014  |   By VE7JNE

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    Works like older versions of MS Office

    Cons

    Free! Good compatibility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "functions well for my purposes"

    December 22, 2013  |   By zakcat

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    my Excel knowledge allowed me to navigate with o problems

    Cons

    some difficulty with formatting

    Summary

    suits me adequately

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Almost Perfect"

    December 21, 2013  |   By GinnyLee8

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    Free
    Adequate for most home use personal computers

    Cons

    When trying to change font size it crashed.
    Cut and paste option doesn't allow the 'text only' paste option I'm used to having on Microsoft Office. It forces me to paste it in the format that's online.

    Summary

    I usually only use Writer so my review is specific to that.
    One really big complaint and this isn't for OpenOffice, it's for the 'Add-ons' that the software download came with. I apparently approved some awful browser hijacker called Conduit Search to be downloaded with the OpenOffice as well as at least 10 other annoying add-ons like "Coupon Helper". Uninstalling the Conduit Search doesn't help. You need to go into your Control Panel for your internet connections and manually DISABLE the program. After you disable it go to your 'homepage' settings and reset it to the homepage you desire then click SAVE or Accept changes or ACTIVATE or whatever. Really a pain. Technically, Conduit is still on my computer but it's disabled. Next time I download free software I'll be more astute to the Add-ons and such that the software wants to install. (Notepad++ on Softpedia tried to install this Conduit so I cancelled the download and found it on CNET without the Conduit download) What a pain. But OpenOffice works just fine.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it."

    December 10, 2013  |   By gshawn60

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    It can recover Microsoft Office documents that Microsoft messes up and cannot fix. It does everything I need it to do. I also have it on my other systems besides my school systems as the only office suite. After my dads older Microsoft 2003 finally crashed, I upgraded his office with Open Office. He loves it, and seems willing to try other Open Source programs.

    Cons

    Add-ons seem to be harder to get and some features do work, but takes time to learn. Just like my Linux OS. This program really is better than most programs one has to pay for. Best part is that new versions are free as well. This is a good choice if one is willing to learn the advanced features that are simular to Microsofts.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    November 30, 2013  |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    It's Free! A great alternative to buying Microsoft Office. It has many office programs built into the suite. It's very simple to use - and that's coming from someone who could never get to grips with office software. It's compatible with many file formats - including standard doc and the rest. Open Office has progressed so much that it just gets better and better. Very good software indeed!

    Cons

    It doesn't 'Respond' quite a lot. But it sorts itself out quite quickly - hence my 4.5/5 stars rating, but it should be a 5 really if it wasn't for this.

    Summary

    As it is compatible with many file formats including those for MS, I can feel safe in the knowledge that the work I am doing on it will be viewable by MS formats.

    I tried Open Office about 4 years ago, and the difference now (in this version) is amazing. It's such more user friendly and less scary for someone like me. And I can see how it has come on since back then.

    I do not regret getting it :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Capable Office Suite"

    November 29, 2013  |   By Prof321

    Version: Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1

    Pros

    It mimics MS Word, and while there are some differences, I would recommend Apache Open Office. The price is right ($0), and it does everything one would want an office suite to do.

    Cons

    None that I can find

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