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Kingsoft Writer 2012

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Microsoft Word dominates the word processor market, but people are increasingly turning to freeware alternatives instead of spending a fortune on Microsoft Office. If you don't mind a slightly dated interface, Kingsoft Writer 2012 can likely meet all your word processing needs without breaking the bank.

If you've ever used Word 2003 you'll have no trouble getting acquainted with Kingsoft Writer 2012, as the program's interface borrows heavily from this older version of Word. A menu and a couple of toolbars adorn the top of the interface, giving access to a full complement of word processing features. We were impressed with Writer's ability to handle fairly complex formatting, and we had no trouble opening files containing tables and other objects that had been created in Word.

We did find Writer's spell-check feature to be a little annoying; if the first three letters of a word that you type don't form a word that the program recognizes, Writer will underline the word in red until you've finished typing it. This is a fairly minor complaint, however, and for the most part we found that Writer was easy to use and did everything we needed it to do. A built-in Help file provides comprehensive descriptions of the program's features. If you're in the market for a freeware word processor that can do nearly everything the big-name programs can do, Kingsoft Writer 2012 is definitely worth a look.

Kingsoft Writer 2012 installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "It works well, but watch out for the update clause!"

    April 2, 2014  |   By The_Vanguardian

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    Started up and seems to work well. I got it just to convert a word doc file to pdf. It's free. (for now)

    Cons

    Hidden in the license agreement is a note that you agree that they can charge you for updates. Also that they collect information about your use, which is vague as to what information they're collecting.
    It also adds a task to task scheduler to check for updates EVERY HOUR, 24 hrs a day! (WpsUpdateTask_user, Every 1 hour(s) from 8:46 AM every day, starting "install date") Once a month would be more than often enough! The pdf file conversion turns out a bit fuzzy.

    Summary

    It looks like a solid program, but I don't know if I can trust the other things this program is doing. I deleted the update task in the task scheduler.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good fast and easy."

    February 13, 2014  |   By DKdell

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    So easy and fast to use.

    Cons

    nothing so far.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent word processor"

    February 3, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    -competes with word in functionality
    -best at word formats
    -small size - i don't need entire office program.
    -can encrypt files/password protect (though i have never used this feature so can't verify how well it works).
    -spelling and grammar check.

    Cons

    -block its access to internet with outgoing firewall.
    -if you work with sensitive proprietary information, use something else.
    -spell and grammar check is inferior.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great free word processor"

    July 30, 2013  |   By joe742

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    General look-and-feel is similar to older versions of other mainstream word processors (i.e. not much of a learning curve if you've used OpenOffice, MS Word, etc). It works fine on a computer that's a decade old.

    Cons

    Indentation of numbered/bulleted lists can occasionally be a hassle.

    Summary

    For the price, it's great. It does everything I need. I tried several other free word processors, and by far I like this one the best.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works for me"

    April 9, 2013  |  

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    It does everything I need quite well. No glitches yet noticed.

    Cons

    I haven't notice any.

    Summary

    Great replacement for MS stuff.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A really good word processor"

    April 2, 2013  |   By uydurukadam

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    - The menus are very much like the Word 2003 menus.
    - Free
    - The user interface (in my opinion) is better than any other various software like Open Office or Libre Office, etc.
    - Can be installed seperately independent of other office applications like spreadsheet or presentation apps.
    - A small footprint, the installation file is 32 MB!
    - Doesn't run a bunch of updater services in the background clogging system resources
    - No ads, or nothing

    Cons

    I love the old style menus, but some people like the new Microsoft office 2007+ menus. I personally hate those, so this application is perfect. If you purchase the full version, you can actually switch to this so-called new interface.

    Summary

    Overall I ended up installing Kingsoft applications as an alternative to Microsoft Powerpoint, Word and Excel. Strongly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Microsoft Word Compatible Writer"

    March 18, 2013  |   By MihaiZaharescu

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    This is the document editor that is most compatible to ms word, from what I tried.

    Cons

    Small bugs in searching, table border stiles (the border settings don't seam to do anything, but when saving in doc and opening it in word the settings were there...), etc

    Summary

    I didn't see any issue with compatibility until now with it (have been using it for half a year on my other computer and decided to download it on the laptop too, because of openoffice writer compatibility problems (for complex formatting: scientific papers with formulas, tables, multi columns, pictures...). I Haven't yet tried page breaks, graphics from tables and many other complex features, but it worked for everything I needed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I find using Kingsoft Writer 2012 very easy and helpful"

    March 12, 2013  |   By 55batty66

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    Very similar to my previous writing program plus of course it is free. Very helpful to people with low to very low incomes.

    Cons

    None have made an appearance yet.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Affordable and opens necessary docs"

    February 15, 2013  |   By famefactory

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    Compatible w Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    Cons

    older interface

    Summary

    Good for folks who lose MS office when buying a new device. Can open existing MS Office docs

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Kingsoft Writer (free version) No faults - perfect!"

    October 6, 2012  |   By cnetfan44

    Version: Kingsoft Writer 2012 8.1.0.3030

    Pros

    A life long user of MS Word, I would hope my remarks carry some weight because this is a perfect program. Anyone that knows "Word" will be completely at home. A great service, providing this excellent word processor! Thank you to Kingsoft.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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