Here’s how to use Word for free without paying for it
Microsoft Word is the world’s most well-known word processing application. It has been a cornerstone of both home and business use for decades. It has also been kept secret behind a paywall most of that time.
However, in today’s climate, things are a bit different. Not everyone requires the full power of Microsoft Word, and with free online alternatives like Google Docs, paying up makes less sense than it once did.
The good news is that Microsoft Word is now available for free. While its scope is more limited, there is no longer any requirement to purchase a copy or sign up for Microsoft 365 to use Microsoft Word.
How to use Microsoft Word for free on Windows 10, Windows 11, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux
The most convenient way to use Word for free is in your web browser. You can access a free version of Microsoft Word if running Windows 10, 11, Mac, Chrome OS, or Linux using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or any other major browser.
Office Online offers much more than just Microsoft Word, with free versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and many other programs. You only need a Microsoft account and a data connection to get started. Go to the official Office website in your preferred browser, enter your login credentials, and select ‘Microsoft Word‘ from the left Menu.
Similarly, it will operate as if you were using a tablet. The app works well with a keyboard, and you can continue to use your favorite keyboard shortcuts.
It isn’t the full version of Microsoft Word, but it looks the same and includes all the essential features that most people will require. Using Microsoft Word online is similar to using Google Docs in that you have automatic backups of your work to the cloud via OneDrive. You can also collaborate with other people in real-time.
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How to use Microsoft Word for free on iOS and Android
More advanced features are available to Microsoft 365 subscribers. Like comparing Word documents side by side. Still, if all you want is access to basic functions in Microsoft Word on your Android, iOS, or tablet, this will suffice. You can get it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
It may not be your first choice to use Microsoft Word on a smartphone or tablet, but it is possible and free of cost. Microsoft previously had a standalone Word app for iOS and Android. But it has now combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on mobile into a single Microsoft Office app.
Aside from converting your voice to text, you can make lists, add punctuation, change lines, and do various other things. The app also has a powerful dictation mode. Not bad when you consider you’re getting Microsoft Word for free.
Sign in with your Microsoft account to access free basic features such as online collaboration, data backup to OneDrive, and the ability to create PDF files from your documents.
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Not only is it no longer necessary to pay to use Microsoft Word. But it is also no longer required to install it if you use it on a PC. Developing a browser-based application for Windows 10 or Windows 11, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS users makes it easy to work alone or collaborate.
The mobile app also gives you free access to basic editing features from the palm of your hand. And all of this requires only a Microsoft account to keep everything in sync.
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