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OSX and Word?
What OS are you using now?
I use Windows 7 and Linux [Ubuntu and Mint]. Do not know OSX, since I cannot afford to deal with a Mac.


Piers Anthony - one of the top scifi/fantasy writers - uses LibreOffice [Writer] for all of his work. He has used LO for several years now, almost since it first came out according to the info I have read a few emails replies I have had from him [been reading his work for over 25 years]. He likes to customize his word processor for his wants/needs and LO works for him. He also uses Linux. He is involved with self-publishing, print-on-demand, and e-book services. Maintains a great list of these on his web site to help new writers sort through the good and bad companies/services they might need.


For the Windows install, you can do a custom one and do come choosing which options will be installed and not installed. That is what I do for any Windows system.

As for Malware, and other nasties, having a good anti-virus system and malware package is important on Windows. I use the free version of Comondo Internet Suite, plus various "cleaners" and protectors to keep my Windows systems free of those pesky nasties.

On 01/08/2015 03:55 PM, Tim Lloyd wrote:

The official website for downloading libreoffice is

Follow the links and download accordingly.

I can't categorically advise about malware although I have never encountered this problem over several LO installs. And I have never heard of any malware issues.

Have fun and feel free to ask questions.


On 09/01/15 04:01, ginger lines wrote:

I’m just checking that this is the official website for downloading libreoffice.

How can I know.

One more important thing.

This is a new, clean computer.  Please, oh please may I not get malware.

I downloaded openoffice from last night and got

each next tab during installation took me to a new ap or extension which I didnt’ want. I noticed after loading a few of them. I thought they were part of the program until I saw an ap for

storm warnings to be sent to my computer? Huh? I stopped the installation there and spent the rest of the night researching how to remove vosotron and file opener from my computer. I even removed Silverlight because I was scared of everything then.

So, as you can tell, I want to be so careful

At the same time, I’m grateful to you guys and to OO for dedication to democratic accessibility.

Yay you. Truly.

Just please reassure me I will get ample warnings and explanations of any extras. I am a writer and need a good word processing program and need to open old files created in last years osx and in word.


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