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Posted 3/1/2019 10:38 (#7351951 - in reply to #7351789)
Subject: Desktop Software alternative

Southern Minnesota Between Freeborn & Wells
I don't use QuickBooks but was in a similar spot when I got my newest desktop computer. My desire was to have a Word Processor and Spreadsheeta in a desktop version without paying for them. The Libreoffice Suite was recommended here. It is free and has worked very well for my purposes.

It is very compatible with Word and Excel. It has plenty of features for me but may lack some features that power users need. The only time I had any conflicts was with a Word Processing document that I created last week. It had tables and pictures within it. I saved it as a Libre Writer document which has the .odt extension. I emailed this file to others. I got replies from recipients that when they tried to open it with Word that Word complained and asked to repair my file. If they allowed this, the document was readable.

I tried saving it as a Word document but found when I opened it that the pictures and tables had gotten moved around; I tried saving it as a plain text file but then all formatting was lost.

One of the features that I really like is that when you open the Suite, it will show thumbnail sketches of your last documents or spreadsheets as well as their names. This makes it very easy to reload the project you were working on. I recommend this Suite especially considering the price.

Edited by tedbear 3/2/2019 08:13
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