WPS Office Writer Review

Open and edit DOC or DOCX files without MS Word

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, and can also be used directly from a browser
  • 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. 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

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. 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.

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