Text Processing, Spreadsheet & Co.
LibreOffice is a complete Office Suite with programs for text processing (Writer), Spreadsheets (Calc), Presentations (Impress), data bases (Base), drawing (Draw) and formula editing (Math). Programs to compute with equations and formulas (Math) and graphic manipulation (Draw) are also integrated. Standard: You can easily export documents to PDF and you can select between different preferences like write protection for your PDF documents. There are also many templates for e.g. basic personal letter, simple FAX and envelopes as well as a lot of useful extensions like more features for Find & Replace.
Supported formats: Old and new M$ Office formats like DOC and DOCX, Open Document formats like ODT and ODS, Gnumeric files, Apple Keynote 6, HTML, XML, RTF and TXT.
Available for Linux, Windows 2000 SP4 - 10 and Mac.
Visit the LibreOffice Hompage.
LibreOffice Portable for Windows: LibreOffice PortableApps
Get LibreOffice Portable for Linux: AppImage
Tip: If you send job applications via eMail, don't send Office documents, create PDF files and send them! Maybe the companies have other Office Suites or if they have the same, they may use other monitor resolutions. In that cases there will be a compatibility problem or your file has much more line breaks. With PDF files there will be no problem!
FreeOffice is a complete Office Suite (Text Processing, Spread Sheet and Presentation) for Linux (glibc 2.2.5 or higher), Windows XP - 10 and Android. You can install the Suite also onto USB flash drives (Windows only, after installation: Start - Programs - SoftMaker FreeOffice - Utilities - Install SoftMaker FreeOffice on a USB stick). PDF and EPUP export!
Supported formats: Old and new M$ Office formats like DOC and DOCX, Open Document formats like ODT and ODS, HTML, XML, RTF and TXT.
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Screenshots: Linux Mint Windows 10 USB-Installation
Visit the FreeOffice Homepage.
OpenOffice for Kids aged between 7 and 12 years for Windows XP - 10, Linux and Mac.
Visit the OOo4Kids project page.
Alternative Download page for OOo4Kids.
More free educational software for kids:
Math 42 - Learning math under iOS and Android.
Duolingo - Learning languages under iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Good fork of KOffice but for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows XP - 10 and Mac.
Visit the Caligra Homepage.
Text Processing Applications
Simple and proffesional word processing! AbiWord works with Linux desktop environments like GNOME, KDE and Xfce. It's also available for Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris, Mac and more Systems. Compatibility: Read and write HTML, XML, XLS (MS Excel) and ODT (OpenOffice). You can save documents as PDF under UNIX/Linux while you need a program which will install a virtual printer to produce PDF files under Windows. More than 60 languages are already integrated. If you need AbiWord for to go, get it from PortableApps.
Visit the Homepage of AbiWord.
Jarte is a free text processor for Windows XP - 10. You can download setup and archive (simple extract and run, also on portable devices). Features: Tabs, compatible with RTF, DOC and DOCX, export to HTML and PDF, touch screen support and much more.
Visit the Jarte Homepage.
SSuite WordGraph Editor
WordGraph is a free word processor for Windows XP - 10 and is available as Setup and Portable. There are dictionaries for various languages and it's compatible with DOC, RTF and TXT, export to PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, EMF, TIFF and BMP. Screenshot
You can download a lot of free SSuite Office applications.
Text and Source Code
Visit my HTML related page to find more good source code editors!
Geany - My prefered text editor cause it has a tabbed interface and many advanced features. Platforms: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Free-, Net- and OpenBSD.
FocusWriter - Texteditor for Linux, Windows 7 - 10 and Mac OS X.
For Windows Operating Systems:
PSPad - Source code editor (Windows XP - 10) with tabs and FTP client for to go!
BabelPad - Similar to WordPad, portable and more features (Windows 2000 - 10).
BowPad - Ribbon styled advanced text editor, portable, tabs, many features and pure 64-bit version. BowPad runs on Windows 7 or later, Vista requires an update.
AkelPad - Texteditor with tabs, many features and plugins for Windows XP - 10, a pure 64-bit version is available and AkelPad is portable.
Notepad++ - Text editor for Windows XP - 10 with tabs and many advanced features. Notepad++ is portable and a pure 64-bit version is available.
Some of these Editors are also available from PortableApps.
Gnumeric is a spreadsheet application which can import formats like HTML, XML, XLS and SXC. All the functions you (maybe) know from M$ Excel are available and you can export your sheets to HTML, XML, XLS, CSV, and PDF. Available for UNIX/Linux, supporting many languages.
View a Screenshot and get an impression.
Visit the Gnumeric Homepage.
Gnumeric Portable for Windows XP - 10: PortableApps.
SSuite Accel Spreadsheet
Calculation for Windows Vista - 10, compatible with xls, csv, vts and txt.
You can download a lot of free SSuite Office applications.
Comprehensive financial-accounting software for small-enterprises and individuals.
For Linux, Mac OS X, Windows XP - 10 and Android.
Visit the GnuCash Homepage.
Get GnuCash for portable (Windows only) media from PortableApps.
Comprehensive financial-accounting software for individuals.
For Linux, Mac OS X and Windows XP - 10.
Visit the HomeBank Homepage.
Setup (Windows) contains portable edition.
Metalogic Finance Explorer
Personal finance and budget software.
Compatible with Windows XP - 10.
Visit the Metalogic Finance Explorer Homepage.
Get Metalogic Finance Explorer for portable media from PortableApps.
Another good choice is RQ Money which is portable by default.
Scribus is Desktop Publishing for UNIX/Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2 and Windows XP - 10.
Visit the Scribus Homepage.
Get Scribus for portable Media (Windows only).
eMail and Calendar Software
AM-Notebook - PIM (PIM = Personal Information Manager) including Spreadsheets. Read this guide if you want to do a portable installation.
EssentialPIM Free - Calendar, contacts, reminder, eMail and more for Windows, iOS and Android is also available as a portable app for removable media (Windows only) like USB pen-sticks.
Thunderbird - eMail client with support for a lot of add-ons like Lighting which integrates calendar functions. Thunderbird is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and is also available as a portable app for Windows.
Claws Mail - eMail and News with a lot of plug-ins for UNIX/Linux and Windows.
Opera Mail - eMail client for Windows also available as portable app.
You can also pin some yellow notes onto your Desktop!