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5 free downloads every student needs

5 free downloads every student needs
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Summer is almost over. And that means that students will be flocking back to their good old campuses again. Yep, it's back to school time!

And with technology playing an increasingly big part in school work nowadays, students will need all the right tools for all the papers, the homework, and the budgeting they'll be doing in their pursuit of learning.

Here are five free downloads that can help along the way.

LibreOffice

Nothing beats free, especially for students who are tight on the budget. If you don't want to shell out for the king of productivity software Microsoft Office, then LibreOffice might just be enough for your needs.

LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite that's compatible with Microsoft Office files. Since it's an open-source software, the program is continually updated at no charge to you.

LibreOffice offers six programs that will feel instantly familiar to you if you've used Office before. Writer, Calc, and Impress are equivalent to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Even better, LibreOffice can open and edit the documents you made in Office and can save new files in Office formats.

Aside from Writer, Calc and Impress, LibreOffice includes drawing, database and equation programs, too. On top of these, there are plenty of extensions and templates you can add to give the program more features.

Click here for download instructions.

Grammarly

Grammarly is a popular real-time grammar and spelling checker tool, which can come in handy when you're writing your next term paper.

The company even offers nifty browser extensions that can detect your errors as you type on a webpage.

There's also a paid premium version that gives writers vocabulary suggestions, detects writing style, and checks for plagiarism. These features really come in handy for students with writing assignments or anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

Click here to read more about Grammarly and steps on how to download it.

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