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Old 08-09-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Okay ... after my new purchase of a computer .... I do not have Word. Every document from here or any email is a Word document. Does anyone know if I can open it some other way or an inexpensive way to get Word on my computer?!?!? Help! I need these documents before school starts!


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Try zamzar.com
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I know you can convert files. You can even make them audio. I don't know what you would convert them to though. I recently purchased a new computer and broke down and bought the student version of Microsoft office.
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You may have to purchase Office.
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It's cheaper for educators, but still not cheap. Perhaps your school could put it on your laptop since you are using it for schoolwork?
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I had that problem with my old computer. There's something you can download for free from the Microsoft website that can convert Word documents to open in whatever program you have. (In my case I had Works, which is pretty darn close.) In my opinion, you're probably best off just spending the money on Microsoft Office to get Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I didn't last terribly long without all of those before I realized they were essential. Check out different stores that sell Office and see if any of them give teacher discounts!
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Some alternatives
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First, if you had it on your old computer, find the disks/paperwork and reload on your new computer.

Ask your school/district. Often their license includes loading on home computers because they are used for work purposes.

Buy the student/teacher edition, which runs slightly over $100.00.


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Google Docs
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You can also use Google docs. It can open/save/print/create new word documents. You just have to sign up for a google account. It is free and worth it. It isn't QUITE as easy as Word, but it is compatible and like I said before.... free. It basically has all the Office programs just under the Google name.

http://docs.google.com/

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Office for Students (and Teachers)
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Microsoft Office for Students (normally 149.99) but someone had it on sale for 99.99, either Office Depot, Office Max or Best Buy.


Teachers can use this version too.. it comes with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and some other program I never use.
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You can also try
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OpenOffice.org--it is a free download that is compatable with all of the MSOffice programs.

I have also heard that some places give a teacher discount of up to 50% for the MS Office. Of course, I also found that out about two weeks after I already bought it for big bucks.
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You will need to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office. As previously stated, check with your school or ISD first to see if they offer teacher discounts. For the time being, however, you should have access to a free Microsoft Office trial which lasts for about three months. It is already loaded onto the desktop of many new computers. Click on it or go to Microsoft Office online and sign up for the trial version. This will at least get you through the beginning of the year! Good luck!!!
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try open office
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here is a free word processing program called open office that will open word files:

http://www.openoffice.org/

give it a try!


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DON'T buy student and teacher!
Old 08-09-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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Buy Office Professional from this site:

http://www.journeyed.com/dept/Brands...20SALE!/285611

It's a RIDICULOUS price for Professional--$130 instead of about $500!!! Plus, you get Publisher, which is a huge benefit.

After you order you fax your id or paystub to them, and they process your order. I've ordered from them several times, and there are no issues. Our district's technology coordinator passed the link on to us.
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I agree with kteacher/md about using Open Office. It is free and works well.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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If you just want to open documents, Microsoft offers free viewers for their office programs.

Here's a link for some of the viewers.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/results.aspx?pocId=&freetext=of fice%20viewers&DisplayLang=en
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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just an FYI. they make a microsoft office for teachers and students and it is not priced too badly.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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I think I bought my Microsoft Office for about $79.00 last summer. It has been great, although our school does not have the 2007 version, so some of my PowerPoint presentations cannot be changed at school. I love the new features of 2007.
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Try It Free
Old 08-09-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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USE THE TRIAL VERSION!!!!!
OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

Here's The Link
http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/default.aspx
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I also purchased Office Professional last year. I think I paid $89 and it usually is about $400-500. I just had to have the school secretary fax a verification on school letterhead that I was a teacher.

If you are going to do any word processing or school "work" you will need something!
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:49 AM
 
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http://www.doc2pdf.net/

This is a converter from word to pdf with a free trial as well.
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