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Jarte for Windows

By Carolina Road SoftwareFreeUser Rating

Key Details of Jarte

  • Replace WordPad with a compact and full-featured word processor.
  • Last updated on 9/26/2018
  • There have been 2 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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."

What's new in version 5.2

Version 5.2 allows multiple simultaneously running instances of Jarte. Includes other enhancements and bug fixes.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
March 4, 2014
Latest update
September 26, 2018
Version
5.2
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
171,397
Downloads Last Week
4

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User Reviews

4.2/5

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Developer's Description

Replace WordPad with a compact and full-featured word processor.

Jarte is a free, tabbed word processor based on the Microsoft WordPad word-processing engine built into Windows. Like WordPad, Jarte is fast, easy to use, reliable, requires little screen space, and creates documents perfectly compatible with Word. But Jarte reveals the WordPad engine's true hidden power by adding many features Microsoft never made available in the WordPad program. Jarte can even be run directly from a USB flash drive.