WPS Office Writer Review

Open and edit DOC or DOCX files without Microsoft Word

WPS Office free word processor

WPS Office Writer (previously called Kingsoft Writer) is the free word processor that comes bundled with WPS Office. Not only is it one of the easiest word processor to use, WPS Office Writer includes all the tools you'd expect to find in one.

You might consider replacing your commercial word processor software like Microsoft Word, with WPS Office Writer since it includes all the standard formatting abilities and works with the most popular document file formats.

The WPS Office suite also includes a spreadsheet program and presentation software.

WPS Office Writer Pros and Cons

This free word processor has lots of useful features:

Pros:

  • Ribbon menu style
  • Tabbed interface
  • Common and advanced formatting styles
  • Automatic spell check
  • Supports popular file formats like ones found in Microsoft Word
  • Free templates
  • Small download size

Cons:

  • Must download the whole office suite to get Writer

More Information on WPS Office Writer

  • WPS Office Writer works with Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS
  • The installer includes other software you can optionally add to your computer, like WPS Spreadsheets and WPS Presentation
  • Common formatting is allowed, such as organizing data in columns, changing the orientation of the page, aligning text and objects, adding a header and footer, overlaying a watermark, and using heading styles
  • Encryption is supported, which means when you save a document you can choose a custom encryption type and a unique password for opening the document, and another for modifying it
  • Business, resume, and thesis cover letters are available for use from inside WPS Office Writer, without requiring any external download
  • Common objects can be inserted into a document, such as breaks, tables, shapes, pictures, WordArt, and text boxes
  • Advanced object formatting is allowed, like modifying the 3D effects, depth, direction, and lighting of an object
  • WPS Office Writer allows references to be included in a document, such as a table of contents and footnotes/endnotes
  • Password protected PDF files can be built from a document with specific permissions like restricting it from being modified, printed, or copied
  • A side panel is included in WPS Office Writer to make it easy to navigate through a long document
  • Various skins (themes) are included so you can quickly change the color of the entire program interface
  • WPS Office Writer makes is really easy to make any page's background a picture, pattern, color, gradient, or texture
  • Changes to a document can be tracked to make it easy to review edits, or even restricted from being edited altogether

My Thoughts on WPS Office Writer

WPS Office Writer is truly the best free word processor I've ever used. The entire layout and design of the program is so smooth and simple to understand.

It's great that popular file formats like DOC, DOCM, and DOCX are fully supported in WPS Office Writer. This means you don't need to buy Microsoft Office just to use documents someone else created in MS Word.

Something I don't like is that you can't download just WPS Office Writer. You must instead download the whole office suite and then select to only install the word processor portion.

For WPS Office Writer to truly tower over all the other word processors available, it would need to be offered in a portable form, like OpenOffice Writer, so it could be carried with you on a flash drive. Aside from this pitfall, it's still better than all the rest.

While the link below takes you to the Windows download, there's also a version available for Linux, Android, and iOS devices, which is great if you're wanting to use the WPS Office suite on mobile devices.