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dbrodsky

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As you may have seen in my previous thread, I uninstalled my free-trial of Microsoft Office 2007 on my new computer so i could install my Microsoft Office 2003. I was doing this because I don't have the money to purchase Office 07 after the trial period.

After I uninstalled Office 07, I realized that the Office 03 discs that I had were only the tutorials, and I don't have the actual discs. Now I have no office on my computer to open my Word documents and my one very important excel spreadsheet.

I have never heard of Open Office before. Is this a free program? Is it safe to download? Will it be easy to transfer my files to this program? Is there a recommended website to safely download it from? Does anybody use this as their permanent Office program?

Thank you and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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http://www.openoffice.org/ <--that's their website

open office is an open source alternative to the microsoft office suite...it's 100% free (though i'm sure they've got a donations link somewhere on that site...and couldn't hurt to chip in some cash for the project right?)...it can open all office documents (from office 2003 and earlier...i don't know about office 2007)...you can even save in office formats so that you can send the documents to people who have microsoft office...it's a really handy program suite....some of the stuff takes a bit getting used to...but it's mostly just learning how to navigate just like you did in MS office...
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Thank you. All of my documents are from Office 2003, so it should work fine until I have the money to upgrade. After having to buy a new computer this week, I can't shell out for an expensive program.

Thanks again.
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i think you'll finde open office to work really well for you....like i said...takes a little getting used to...but...it's really functional
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Is the Java program that they recommend downloading with Open Office safe?
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java is not only safe...it tends to be required for alot of websites etc..
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Everything is downloaded and appears to be running well. Thanks for all the help.
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