Consider OpenOffice as a free alternative to Microsoft Word, with no internet connection required

Q: I read your recent article regarding using Microsoft Word without having to pay. I am in the situation where I often do not have internet/Wi-Fi or even phone service (on a private boat). I like Microsoft Word because Wi-Fi is not needed. I keep all of my recipes on Word and access them when I am in remote areas on the boat. Is there any way around having to pay for Word?

— Janet Kvistad

A: If you want the capabilities of Word, including the ability to work without an internet connection, without having to pay for Word, I recommend you take a look at OpenOffice.

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OpenOffice is a free, open-source suite of productivity applications including a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager and a drawing program. The word processor is similar to Microsoft Word in appearance and functionality and works with Word file formats. You can learn more and, if you choose, download OpenOffice at: www.openoffice.org.

Q: One of your readers recently inquired about WordPad, having been told by an installer that Word was no longer available except in a $70 yearly subscription.

Last I checked, Office 2019 Home and Student, which includes Word and is just a one-time fee, is still available, no?

Hopefully Microsoft realizes there are a great many people who need Word but don’t need all the bells and whistles of, or can’t afford, a yearly subscription service.

— Matt

A: Microsoft Word Home and Student is available on the Microsoft Store site for a one-time payment of $79.99. And you can get the full version for $139.99.

As for the bells and whistles, yes, there are some if you opt for the subscription instead of the one-time fee. For $69.99 a