Word is definitely one of the most well-known and popular tools of Microsoft Office. This text editor and processor, despite being integrated into the office suite, can be purchased and downloaded as a standalone application.
Version after version (2003, 2007, 2010, 2013...) ever since it appeared in 1983, Microsoft Word has incorporated new functions to make the creation and processing of texts and documents much more flexible, becoming the favorite editor for millions of users and one of the best tools to write on a PC (or Mac in this case), despite the decent and serious alternatives available, such as OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
The leading text editor in all aspects.
Main features and functions
You already know what it is and what it's for but, do you know everything this office software is capable of doing?
- Create customized documents thanks to the flexible format tools it incorporates. Design documents according to specific needs.
- Generate PDF files based on documents or edit the ones you've already created straight from the application, being able to modify paragraphs, lists, and tables, as if you had created them on Word.
- Find whatever function or command you need from the smart search box.
- Support for collaborative work that will allow you invite other people to work in real-time in your group with just one click, allowing them to make changes to the documents that will be immediately updated in everyone else's view. In turn, it offers a change control so that everybody can keep an eye on the modifications made.
- Advanced correction tools that help to check the spelling and grammar and also offer suggestions to improve our writing.
- Support for the inclusion of graphical elements such as tables, charts, and images.
Although it's true that the International Standardization Organization (ISO) has chosen the OpenDocument format as the standard for the exchange of formatted text, Microsoft's format can be considered an unofficial standard. The popularity of DOC files, and subsequently DOCX with greater compression rates, have led to this situation.
In turn, the RTF or Rich Text Format is also present although it's not so popular. Its appearance has to do with when Apple dominated the PC market and it was necessary to make files compatible between Macintosh and DOS.