WPS Office Writer Review

Open and edit DOC or DOCX files without MS Word

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

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

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What We Like
  • Ribbon menu style with tabbed interface.

  • Common and advanced formatting styles.

  • Automatic spell check.

  • Supports popular file formats like ones found in Word.

What We Don't Like
  • Must download the whole office suite to get Writer.

More Information on WPS Office Writer

  • Works with Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and iOS. It can also be used as an online word processor directly from a browser via WPS Cloud
  • Comes with WPS Spreadsheet and WPS Presentation
  • Share documents with others through a link (to collaborate or just view) or via a file
  • Automatically back up files you're working on, either locally or in your WPS account. Smart backups, scheduled backups, and incremental backups are supported
  • 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. There are also free and premium templates from their website
  • 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
  • Save to your computer or WPS Cloud account

Supported File Formats

WPS Office Writer can open the following file types:


When it's time to save the document, you're given these options:


Image formats are supported when exporting a document, but only if you have WPS Premium.

Thoughts on WPS Office Writer

WPS Office Writer is truly the best free word processor we'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 MS Office just to use documents someone else created in Word.

Something we don't like is that you can't download just Writer. Instead, it comes as part of the greater suite, so you can't install just the word processor.

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.

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