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    Vista - letters/documents etc

    I have windows vista, but cannot find anywhere to type letters, docs etc.

    I can get Microsoft office installed for 60 days trial. Then I would need to purchase it then.

    I would have thought it would have come with some office facilities.

    Windows Vista is proving to be expensive as my Phillips Crystal 650 printer is not compatible.

    At the moment I cannot type anything or print anything !! Technology !!:whistling:

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    Vista is an Operating System, all it's supposed to do is to make your PC/Laptop useable. It's up to you, then, to decide what software you want to put on it.

    If you bought a new house you wouldn't expect it to come fully furnished with a well-stocked fridge in the kitchen, would you? (Unless, of course, it was stated that it was included in the purchase price.)

    It is called microsoft works.

    Mine was already included, I have Vista home basic? which I believe is the "Value" version

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    lezlidod

    I have windows vista, but cannot find anywhere to type letters, docs … I have windows vista, but cannot find anywhere to type letters, docs etc.I can get Microsoft office installed for 60 days trial. Then I would need to purchase it then.I would have thought it would have come with some office facilities.Windows Vista is proving to be expensive as my Phillips Crystal 650 printer is not compatible.At the moment I cannot type anything or print anything !! Technology !!:whistling:




    You should have works pre-installed.

    Try this free alternative to MS Office
    openoffice.org/

    Change your default save options:
    Tools
    Options
    Load/save
    General
    Always save as
    Select your default save option (ie word 97/2000/xp)

    Cant help you with the printer tho' :-(

    Microsoft Office doesn't come included with your Operating System (spent a year telling this to customers when i worked in PC World :giggle:).

    As already mentioned, Open Office is a decent free alternative and MS Works might be installed on your machine (its a very basic stripped down version of MS Office).

    Second the open-office option - free and far better than MS Works (not free with Vista btw).

    jah128

    Second the open-office option - free and far better than MS Works (not … Second the open-office option - free and far better than MS Works (not free with Vista btw).




    It may not be a part of Vista, but it is possible that the OP has it and doesn't realise.

    Unless you know the origin of the OP's computer, how do you know? :?

    Original Poster

    It doesnt have works on it.

    Last laptop had microsoft office already installed on it. This laptop was more expensive than the last one but it doesnt seem to have as much stuff on it.


    I will try open office, thanks for the advice.

    Thanks for the genuine answers, I think you know who you are !!!

    Another recommendation for Open Office, it's a far more complete and versatile package than you'd perhaps expect with it being free. I actually prefer some aspects of it over MS Office as I find Open office is less intrusive, it doesn't want to correct everything I type because it thinks it knows better.

    The only problem with Open Office is compatibility, if you're working a lot between MS Office and Open Office there can be formatting issues particularly with Powerpoint. However that doesn't sound like it will be an issue for you, something else I like about Open Office is you can have a standalone version installed on a USB memory stick which is ideal for carrying with your documents as it means you can read them on any Windows based system without issue.

    John

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    It should still have notepad on it which you can get through start>all programs>accessories>notepad

    You don't have to go quite that low, Wordpad should also be there.

    John

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    Johnmcl7

    You don't have to go quite that low, Wordpad should also be there.John



    lol yeh
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