Are you a Mac user looking for a great, free office suite to use on your desktop or laptop?  We’ve got some suggestions.

iWork Suite

Apple’s free office suite consists of the word processor Pages, the spreadsheet program Numbers, and the presentation software Keynote.  You can download from the Store app on your Mac.  You’ll want to search individually for Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and tap Get to install. You can save programs from Pages as Word documents and also use Pages to open Word documents.

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LibreOffice

This great, free option works for your PC, Mac, or Linux computer.

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LibreOffice is developed by users and is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is free and open-source software, originally based on OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice).

The suite features the Writer word processing program, Calc spreadsheet program, and Impress presentations software.  You also get Draw, a program for making diagrams, Base, a database program, and Math, a formula editor. These programs can read and edit doucuments created with Microsoft Office and you can read and edit documents created with LibreOffice in Word and Excel.

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You can download by following this link https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/

Open Office

OpenOffice gives you a complete office suite that allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents and create new documents of your own.  Best of all, it is absolutely free! Not free like some apps which contain advertising or premium options, but truly free, open-source software that’s been available for 17 years.  Plus, it works with Windows, Mac, and Linux systems!

The OpenOffice suite features six programs:

  • Write: a word processor
  • Calc: a spreadsheet program
  • Impress: a presentation program
  • Draw: a vector graphic creator
  • Base: a database program
  • Math: a mathematical formula editor

Check out how to get it. Start by heading over to this link: https://www.openoffice.org/

Google Docs

If you have a Gmail account, you have access to their free, online office suite by going to your Gmail inbox

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Click the square of squares at the top right and select Drive.

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Then click New. 

You’ll have the choice of creating a document (Docs), spreadsheet (Sheets) or presentation (Slides).

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Last, but certainly not least, you can always use Office for free online. Just go to your Outlook.com inbox and look on the left side.

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Click on the square of squares.

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You’ll see a list of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. All are free to use.

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