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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 7, 2009

Although technical writers and other users who need a lot of advanced options will find this program lacking, for the average user, PolyEdit Lite provides everything one would want in a basic word-processing program. Its familiar layout allows users to get started right away.

The program's interface will look familiar to anyone who's used a pre-2007 version of Microsoft Word. The contents of some of the menus are a little different, but for the most part, everything is where experienced Word users would expect it to be. Users can also customize the color scheme of the interface, which we thought was a nice touch. Our experience with the program's features, in general, was that anything we'd typically use in Word was there, and anything that we usually had to go hunting around for in Word due to infrequent use was not there. Notably, there's no mail merge or label creation options, and the view options were lacking (we prefer to write in Word's print layout, but PolyEdit contains no such thing). We did like the fact that the program handles multiple open documents with tabs, which keeps everything tidy. Users will find the usual text-formatting options, find-and-replace, spell check, headers and footers, and most other basic word-processing features. Overall, we found the program to be a great lightweight alternative to more cumbersome word-processing programs.

PolyEdit Lite is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users who have light-to-moderate word-processing needs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.4

More keyboard shortcuts and other UI enhancements.

General

Date Added August 21, 2009
Version 5.4

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Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 38,531
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Developer's Description

PolyEdit Lite is a free word processor that lets you handle a wide variety of word processing tasks. It is designed to be lightweight, reliable, easy-to-use and extremely fast. All the expected functions are featured, including the usual text formatting tools, search and replace, support for images and objects, and much more. PolyEdit Lite can open and save documents in RTF, MS Word 95-2007, Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16) and other formats.

Documents can also be exported to HTML and PDF. The program has the ability to encrypt your documents for total security. Another key feature of PolyEdit Lite is its tabbed interface with support for intuitive docking.

Version 5.4 adds more keyboard shortcuts and UI enhancements.