12/17/129:41 am MacMost Forum Question: Is There a Free Word Processor Program for the MacBook Pro? Have a new MacBook Pro and want a good word processing program —– Dan Comments: 5 Responses to “Is There a Free Word Processor Program for the MacBook Pro?” Gary Rosenzweig 12/17/12 @ 9:43 am The free word processing program that comes with your Mac is TextEdit. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a simple text editor, though. In rich text mode you can do most of the basic things you would expect word processor to do. See http://macmost.com/using-textedit-for-casual-word-processing.html Beyond that, you can get Pages for only $20 from the Mac App Store. Then you have a very rich full-featured word processor and layout program. See http://macmost.com/tag/pages for a lot of videos on Pages. Graeme Ingram 12/17/12 @ 9:30 pm Hi Gary, is Text edit compatible with Windows/Microsoft software ? Cheers Graeme Gary Rosenzweig 12/17/12 @ 10:05 pm Actually, yes. You can create plain text files (.txt) and rich text (.rtf). They can both be read by programs like Microsoft Word on Windows. And TextEdit can actually open up Word files — it can’t handle many of the things inside them (like special elements or layout), but it can at least get to the words inside of a basic document. John M. Hammer 12/17/12 @ 10:58 am Bean is free, and is basically TextEdit-Plus. http://bean-osx.com iText Express is free, available in the Mac App Store, and even offers footnoting! If you’re doing any academic or scientific writing, you need the ability to footnote. If you’re willing to spend a few dollars, spend twenty and get Pages from the Mac App Store, as Gary suggested. I also like Byword, which is great for Markdown and for composing text before importing into a “real” word processor for formatting and layout. Simon 12/17/12 @ 12:54 pm Alternatively Neo Office, Open Office & Libre Office are full office suites which contain a word processor component. http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php http://www.openoffice.org/ http://www.libreoffice.org/ Comments Closed. View all Forum Questions Welcome to MacMostMacMost is brought to you ad-free thanks to its supporters! Learn about the Patreon campaign and find out how you can join Club MacMost! Free MacMost Weekly Newsletter Want all of the new tutorials in your inbox? Sign up for the free weekly newsletter that includes tips, recommendations and news. Learn More From MacMost Online Course: Mac Photos Online Course: macOS Sierra Online Course: Mac iMovie Online Course: Mac Pages Online Course: Mac Numbers Online Course: Mac Keynote Online Course: Mac Security Book: 101 Mac Tips Connect with MacMostSubscribe at iTunes to the MacMost video podcast Check out the free MacMost weekly email newsletter Follow MacMost on Facebook Get updates, news and tips on Twitter Get the free MacMost app for the iPhone and iPad MacMost SectionsA Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Videos by Category Video Archive Top Apple-Related News Apple Rumors All Recent Apple News Virus and Malware Information Center Free iPhone Ringtones iPhone App Recommendations Quick Tips MacMost Online Courses MacMost Recommended Products Popular TutorialsFinder Hints and Shortcuts Relative and Absolute Cell References In Numbers Creating Transparent Images With Pixelmator Macmost Now 2: MacBook Mobile Access Creating a Guest Wi-Fi Network Restoring Lost Dock and Finder Items Using the Keynote Presenter Display iMovie Basics Removing Adware From Your Mac 10 Finder Tricks InformationAbout MacMost Support MacMost MacMost Online Courses Contact MacMost MacMost Site Map MacMost Site Policies Copyright © 2006-2017 CleverMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved.