Microsoft Office Alternatives

The only 2 real Microsoft Office Alternatives are OpenOffice and LibreOffice. I have been lucky enough to support and use Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and LibreOffice in the work place and personal. If you are familiar with using Microsoft Office, you’ll be fine making the transition to OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Both programs are virtually identical and will not leave you short on office tools. Currently Microsoft Office 365 plus 1TB of OneDrive can be had for $69.99 per year. That’s not bad. However, these open source office suites are finely tuned, fast and bug free. Not to mention, OpenOffice and LibreOffice are completely free. Or donate, they deserve it. These open source office suite alternatives are slowly becoming more attractive to the paying Microsoft Office customer and soon to be in the workplace everywhere. Businesses will eventually figure out how much money they could be saving by using a product that performs exactly the same as Microsoft Office but is free.

Currently I have LibreOffice 4.4.4 installed on my Windows 8.1 computer. If I need to create an invoice, document, presentation and email or print, I can. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and LibreOffice work well together. Each program offers many file formats to “save as” for cross platform compatibility.

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Top 10 Computer Tips 2015

1. SET WINDOWS UPDATE TO RUN AUTOMATICALLY

A computer that is not updating is more likely to run slow or be exploited for vulnerabilities. Random reboots, blue screens, viruses, spyware etc.

2. INSTALL ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE THAT WORKS IN REAL-TIME

In most cases, free versions of anti virus software will do the basics, which in some cases may be enough. Basic virus scans, quarantines and deletes. Premium paid versions of anti virus software have the one feature I like, real-time protection. I like Malwarebytes Premium. After installing this or any anti virus software, update the program’s virus definitions and run a scan.

3. PROTECT YOUR ELECTRONICS

Unplug all computers, electronic devices and your home theater etc. This includes telephone wires and ethernet cables. Lighting travels through those wires too.

4. BACKUP YOUR DATA

Windows comes with a backup solution that works well. Most versions of Windows will even create a complete image of your system. But if you want to venture outside Windows you could try any of these cloud services. Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. These cloud based services work. They are easy to figure out and will help you backup your data safely.

5. KNOW THE MOUSE

Right click for a menu, left click to select or open. Right click in different programs or locations on your screen and you will get a different menu.

6. DON’T PULL THE PLUG

Never pull the power cord from a live powered on computer. (costly damage may occur to your computer, especially if it’s old)

7. PROTECT YOURSELF

Never log into more than 1 website at a time, especially if it’s financially related. Make a habit of logging out of your sessions/accounts before you walk about from your computer. Never have multiple sessions active in the same browser.

8. DOCUMENTATION

When you least expect it is when you need to know your usernames and passwords. If you like to use a pen and paper, great, just keep it in one place. If you like to create folders on your desktop and create new text files inside it, perfect.

9. FAST INTERNET

Get the fastest internet speed you can afford. More and more we are streaming video from YouTube, gaming, downloading large files, photos, Facebook etc. For all this to work quick and smoothly you need a fast connection.

10. BUY A HEAVY DUTY UPS

Plug your modem, wireless router, computers and electronic devices into your UPS. (Uninterruptible Power Supply) The bigger and more expensive the UPS, the longer you will be able to play when the power goes out.

If you need further instructions on how to implement these Top 10 Computer Tips 2015, click on the support button located in the navbar and send me a message. I’ll be happy to answer your questions below.