Solved Need a legitimate Office 2013 or 2016 disk at a fair price.

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March 18, 2020 at 04:42:19
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
Need Office 2016 or 2013 at a fair price. Help please. My Office 2010 expires in 29 days for some reason. I bought the laptop 2 years ago and did not anticipate this happening. I'm not one for pirating so I need to buy a legitimate version or download a free version if ever that's available. Anybody have any suggestions?

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#1
March 18, 2020 at 04:43:35
Just to follow up. I believe there are other versions available for example an Open version. Suggestions in this regard will be appreciated.

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#2
March 18, 2020 at 05:16:58
Ther are no free versions of Microsoft Office but OpenOffice (or Libre Office) is a mainly compatible free replacement. You've nothing to lose by trying it.

https://www.openoffice.org
https://www.libreoffice.org


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#3
March 18, 2020 at 06:50:52
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I gave up on MS Office for various reasons.

Partly because of the way it's now "sold" - licensed; and the increasing change to online access only...

I use Mac systems these days; and Office 2011 is no longer fully compatible with Catalina; Outlook 2011 isn't supported for a start. Office 2011 is 32 bit and Catalina is 64bit...

I had already trialed Office Libre after prompts from a chum; who found that it does all he needs. I have to agree it's a prefect replacement for MS Office suites; but there is no
Office Outlook equivalent included in it. Thus I have gone to Thunderbird in place of the Office Outlook app, and use Office Liber for Word/Excel equivalence.

There is slight learning curve of course for all those "equivalents" but easy to accommodate. Libre Office allows a wide choice of file format to save in - thus ensuring you can share with MS Office users; and also open MS Office files...

For me it's a no brainer... go over Libre Office at the very least; and also use Thunderbird.

I think it was riider and/or fingers who first acquainted me here with Thunderbird and also Libre Office...


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#4
March 18, 2020 at 07:07:52
Thanks Trvlr. You have given me the solution. I'm also fed up with this manipulation that's taking place in the software industry. I already have Thunderbird installed. I'll definitely try Libre Office and see how it goes. Thanks to both of you.

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#5
March 18, 2020 at 09:58:23
Just to post back. I downloaded LibreOffice and the equivalent to Excel works great. A question on all my .doc and other extensions. If I now delete Office 2010 how will I open my documents created over the years with MS Office? What can I do beforehand to enable me to open those documents?

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#6
March 18, 2020 at 10:32:55
Try before you delete Office, but you should be able to open them in LibreOffice.

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#7
March 18, 2020 at 10:35:02
LibreOffice should have no problems opening any of your MS files.
Rright click on the .doc file,
select Open With
select LibreOffice

As for the .doc extension, you can keep it or simply save the file with the LibreOffice extension of .ODF.
If memory serves me, there is an Option to have LibreOffice use the .DOC extension also.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#8
March 18, 2020 at 11:22:58
Thanks guys. I'm really excited about this change.

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#9
March 18, 2020 at 11:29:33
Libre Office offers a whole range of file formats .doc included.

I would check opening a few test documents (MS Office created) nonetheless; just ot reassure oneself.

And I'd keep MS Office around for a wee while until really comfortable with Libre Office. Which having said.. I haven't had to revert to MS Office on my Mac system which still runs Office 2011 OK (a pre Catalina installation). Libre Office handles it al nicely.

The formatting etc. in LO is little different to MS Office; one has to learn where all the options are; but not to hard to discover. (Right click on the page and they'll appear...) And there are both excellent how to on the web - and more than a few "LO gurus" here as well...

The Excel equivalent (calc spreadsheet) is a little quirky - at least where they place one or two useful buttons normally found on the top menu bar in Excel.

The Sigma symbol (the sum symbol) isn't obvious.. It's to the immediate left of the "input line" area... Took me a wee research online to discover that as it's a very feint image/icon...

I really don't see me going back to MS Office...


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#10
March 18, 2020 at 12:19:15
I have played around with the spreadsheet and it's really fantastic. Will do so with the rest now. Thanks all.

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#11
March 18, 2020 at 13:30:22
re: "I had already trialed Office Libre... have to agree it's a prefect replacement for MS Office suites;"

I guess that depends on your definition of "perfect". For some of us, the following statement makes it less than perfect. How much less? I wouldn't know until I tested some of the hundreds of macros I've written over the years.

https://help.libreoffice.org/latest...

"The support for VBA is not complete, but covers a large portion of the common usage patterns."

At a minimum, it looks like every single piece of code would need to be edited to enable Option VBASupport.

And then there's this:

"...large portion of the common usage patterns..."

That is not a very specific statement. The use of "large" might be tolerable, but I have no idea what is considered "common" usage patterns by whoever wrote that statement.

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#12
March 18, 2020 at 14:54:09
Very true DD re’ the definition of “prefect - aka “perfect...”.

For my general usage it does what I need, but no doubt there may be some issues for others wanting more a complete parallel with MS Office items?

And yes “common usage patterns” is a very liberal and open ended term term...

I guess it’s a case of horses for courses, and if it works for you then fine...?


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