How to Install Word Processing on My Computer

By J.S. Copper

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There are numerous different word processor application offerings available to a new computer user. The most prolific is Microsoft Word, part of the Microsoft Office suite. The hardest part about installing a word processor is deciding on which application to use. If you need it for business purposes, you're better off going with Microsoft. There are free offerings such as OpenOffice if you need the functionality but don't want the executive price tag. If very basic word processing is all you need, there are numerous online word processors popping up.

Step 1

Decide which application to use. Each application has its advantages. Most businesses use Microsoft Word. OpenOffice is open-source and completely free. Online word processors allow the user to work from anywhere, on any computer.

Step 2

Purchase the application (if applicable) and download. You can purchase Microsoft Office in stores, but it is also available for download. This is the easiest method. If using an online word processor, skip to Step 4.

Step 3

Double-click the Setup installer. This will allow you to select which components to install (word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation software, ect.).

Step 4

Enter your product key or create an account (if applicable). Most paid applications will ask for the product key to authorize the installation. Online word processors will require you to create an account in order to save and access your work.

Step 5

Launch the application or navigate to the website and begin writing.