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I'm aware of Open Office but it seems like overkill because all I need is a replacement to MS Word. I don't need any of the other programs like Excel and the rest.

A friend told me about AbiWord which I downloaded but it turned out to be less than 8MB. I haven't installed it yet, but does anyone know about it or know if it's a full-featured enough program? I'm looking for something that's full-featured and that has a similar capability level as MS Word.

P.S. I've just recently formatted my computer, so really want to avoid downloading a whole bunch of software off the web just to try each one out. Thought I'd ask here for some community opinion.

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Why don't you just install the word processor component? I would have thought that there was an options page on the install. –  ChrisF Nov 19 '10 at 17:20
    
On Open Office? I didn't think of that, but the other thing about open office is I think you have to save as .odt or something like that which can't be read unless someone downloads a reader. Correct me if I'm wrong. –  dan Nov 19 '10 at 17:23
    
You can Save As most compatible file types. Check it out. –  user3463 Nov 19 '10 at 17:29
    
@dan: you can export to Word format from OpenOffice. –  fideli Nov 19 '10 at 17:30
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I don't think anyone can answer this question for you. What you consider full-featured, and what someone else does can differ markedly. I think the only way to answer is for you to define the features you need and compare them to - or try - the candidate program(s). And as long as the primary application meets your needs, what is the downside to a suite, but disk space? The upside is more to choose from. I'd also point out the greater compatibility of the open –  JRobert Nov 19 '10 at 17:31

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Open Office can be cut down to purely the Writer at installation time and will save as the following:

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Thanks for the heads up. –  dan Nov 19 '10 at 17:43

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