word processing question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BlizzardWolf, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. BlizzardWolf macrumors member

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    Does the macbook come with any included word processing program that allows you to save in .doc format?

    Paying $150 for Mac office is expensive, especially if you pay $2000 for the macbook already
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Textedit saves in .doc format. It's missing a lot of features, but it works.
     
  3. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    Yes and no. TextEdit can save documents as .doc, but it's somewhat limited as far as word processing goes. There are free Office alternatives though such as NeoOffice, OpenOffice, and Bean.
     
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Meh. Textedit works for 90 percent of what I need to do (and I'm a writer!). For the rest, I use Pages. Neo/OpenOffice are too slow for me.
     
  5. BlizzardWolf thread starter macrumors member

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    does TextEdit have spell check or formatting? Is it equivalent to the window's notepad program?
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes it has spell (and in Leopard) grammar checking. It can do multiple fonts, normal stuff like bold&italic and even tables. It's much more powerful than notepad, more like a better version of wordpad that can read/write .doc.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I'd call it more like a bad version of MS Word '95..
     
  8. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Yes, it does all that. The main limitation for me is that it doesn't handle headers/footers/page numbers. You can type these in by hand, but obviously that's a bit of a pain.
     
  9. jnc macrumors 68020

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    Yes it will do the job, there is also the free AbiWord available online, as well as the aforementioned alternatives.
     
  10. fivepoint macrumors 65816

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    Pages. You want pages.

    Do yourself a favor and buy iWork '08. You won't be dissapointed.
    www.apple.com/iwork
     

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