How to Install a Free Alternative to Microsoft Office

Have you been in this situation before? You bought a new computer that came with Windows pre-installed. And now you need to write or edit a Word document and Microsoft Office wasn’t included in the package for the computer. Here is a free alternative to Microsoft Office.

So because of this alternative, it’s no longer a problem. Apache Open Office will do a good job and it’s totally free. Yes, it’s a full Microsoft Office equivalent that is completely free for everyone.

Let me walk you through the download and installation procedure, in case it’s a bit of a challenge for you.

Install a free alternative to Microsoft Office

1. Download Open Office

Open the page to download Open Office by clicking here. Click on ‘Download full installation’ and a new browser window will open and after waiting for a few seconds, the download will initiate.

The program will automatically download unless you have set your browser to do otherwise. It normally will end up in your ‘Downloads’ folder.

Some browsers will ask you if you would prefer to save it or run it. Just click on save for now, as we will cover opening the file in the next step.

2. Run the installer

Now that Open Office has been downloaded, you need to run the installation file.

Open Windows File Explorer. Then click on the ‘Downloads’ folder in the left pane. If you don’t see it, click on ‘Local Disk (C:)’, ‘Users’, then a folder that is named with your username, then lastly the ‘Downloads’ folder.

You will see a file name that starts with ‘Apache_OpenOffice’ and some other details following in the name. It’s always changing, so that why I don’t include the exact name.

Once you double click on it, the installer will run. Let’s go through the steps of the installation.

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Step 1: Click on ‘Next’
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Step 2: Choose your installation location and click on ‘Install’
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Step 3: Click on ‘Next’
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Step 4: Click on ‘Next’
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Step 5: Select ‘Typical’ and click on ‘Next’
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Step 6: Click on ‘Install’
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Step 7: Witness the installation progress
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Step 8: Click on ‘Finish’

3. Run Open Office and register

Click on the Open Office icon that was created on your desktop from the installation process.

You will be met with a Registration window. Click on ‘Next’ and all you need to do is fill it out and click on the ‘Finish’ button.

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fill out details to and click on register or just click register to skip registration

You don’t have to register. So you can simply click on ‘Finish’ to skip the registration.

4. Meet the main window

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From here, you can choose the type of document you wish to create.

You can also browse for a file to open by clicking on the ‘Open…’ icon in the main window.

Type of files you can work with

Apache Open Office can deal with most file formats that are typically used in the Microsoft Office suite.

Some of the common ones are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .csv, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pdf, and common image files to name a few.

For a more complete list of specific file formats, please refer to their website.

Opening files directly

If you have any office related files you wish to work on, you can edit them by clicking directly on them in Windows File Explorer.

This will only be possible if you have Apache Open Office installed first.

To open files up with more specific programs in Apache Open Office, right-click on the file and left click on ‘Open with’ in the contextual menu.


Apache open office has been one of the first to offer a truly free full package Microsoft Office alternative.

Because of this, you will find that it’s one of the more refined alternatives out there. With more updates, you get improved stability, more features, and fewer bugs.