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We suggest taking a look at Carolina Road's Jarte, a free, tabbed-based, Word-compatible word processor built upon WordPad. It's fast and reliable, like WordPad, but it adds some features, such as single-click bookmarking, mouse scroll wheel cut-and-paste capability, and dictionary and thesaurus reference tools. Jarte is available in installed and portable versions; there's also a paid upgrade (still less than Word, though). The latest version of Jarte is compatible with Windows 8; we tried it in Windows 7.

Jarte's installer let us choose whether to install some components, such as dictionary and spell checker tools for French, Spanish, Italian, and other languages. As soon as Jarte opened, we could see it's not simply WordPad with a stone wall background theme: It's organized very differently, with a simplified, button-based interface that looks nothing like WordPad's Office-based style. But Jarte offers a lot of options for changing its look, including Compact, Minimal, and Classic Layouts; button labels; tool tips; and a View menu full of Line Guides, Tool Panels, Rulers, Quick Bars, and other display options we could enable with check boxes for a totally customized look. We could also change the background theme and even get more styles online. There's something for everyone, and the NotePad-like Minimal Interface for the hard-to-please.

The acid test: We actually typed "the acid test" in Jarte and saved it as a Word Document (our other choices were rich text and plain text). Our saved document looked like any Word-created file, and it opened normally in Word with a click: We didn't even have to specify a program. Jarte has the format, insert, highlighting, and word count features we expect, and its editing tools didn't let us down, either. We especially like the Format Brush tool. An excellent help file is available, too. The new word on free Word alternatives is "Jarte."

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4 stars

"Love it so far."

May 03, 2014  |  By GinnyLee8

 |  Version: Jarte 5.2


Easy & clean to download if you remember click "Decline" for all other software offers.
Program was easy to navigate.
"Help" section very useful.
Saves in .rtf, .doc, .txt which is common with most word processing software and lets you change the default format setting if you wish.
Saves in .docx with a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack


None so far.


To get a clean download remember that you can decline all offers for other software and especially do not allow a "Quick" download. Click on the "Custom" download instead, if offered. That said, my Jarte download was clean and went perfectly.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.2
Version 5.2 allows multiple simultaneously running instances of Jarte. Includes other enhancements and bug fixes.
Publisher Carolina Road Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 27, 2014
Date Added March 04, 2014
Version 5.2
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.03MB
File Name jarte_52_setup.exe
Total Downloads 159,506
Downloads Last Week 53
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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