download Openoffice from official website
similiar to MS Office. Can open/save .doc, .xls, .ppt , etc. documents
and export to PDF or SWF.
Text Document is similiar to Word
Spreadsheet is similiar to Excel
Presentation is similar to PowerPoint
Be sure to associate the Microsoft document types if you want to be able
to double click on a .doc, .xls, or .ppt file and have it open with OpenOffice.
If you have java already installed go ahead an use it. If not it's no
biggie just select Do not use Java.
Usually takes just a couple of minutes to install.
Choose Never register...remember this is a free program.
Go to Tools | Options | Load/Save | General
Change Text document to always save as Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP
if you want to save in .doc format to share with friends or if
your in a corporate environment who hasn't transitioned yet to OpenOffice
documents. If not then by all means save in the OpenOffice native format
as it's compressed an xml based and better open format for the future.
Change Spreadsheet to always save as Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP
Change Presentation to always save as Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP
Updated Jan 2010