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Editor's Pick: Best free lightweight word processor

Editor's Pick: Best free lightweight word processor
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Have you ever tried the free office productivity software alternatives out there that can replace Microsoft's Word, Excel or PowerPoint? There's the excellent LibreOffice, OpenOffice or the WPS Suite that you can download and install now.

However, what if you are running out of computer space and all you want is a good and simple word processor? Maybe a standalone text editing program that does not require a full office suite install?

Well, if you are looking for something powerful but lightweight, a basic word processor that can handle multiple text formats, then this free download might just be the thing you need.

Jarte

Jarte is a free and streamlined word processor that's based on Windows' built-in WordPad text editing engine, the same word processor that millions of Windows users rely on time and time again. The difference is that Jarte improves on WordPad's generic functions by providing a sleeker, more user-friendly interface and adds practical functions that WordPad lacks.

For starters, instead of a top menu bar cluttered with labels and buttons that you may not even use, Jarte provides different view options including one that streamlines everything with a minimal array of icons.

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Jarte also supports multiple document tabs for quickly switching between projects. Instead of opening multiple word processing windows, you can open multiple projects within a single Jarte instance and work on them simultaneously. For even more convenience, you can quickly access the files, folders and fonts you use the most by marking them as "favorites."

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