I think my first computer had Word for a word processing program, and my second had WordPerfect, which I liked better. But after those two computers, a word processing program became a very expensive extra. Fortunately, there is a free one out there that works just fine, and that's what I used for the past several years: Open Office.
When I got this computer the day before Christmas, one of the first things I did was download Open Office. However, when I went to my documents to make sure I could read my recipe collection and the poems I wrote from 2002 to 2006, all I got was gibberish. Keep in mind, most of them were written with the program I was trying to use to open them.
The poems aren't great. In fact most of them are mediocre to bad; but at the very least, they are a way for me to go back and see what I was thinking about on certain days. So I was somewhat dismayed to think I might have lost them forever.
When I tried to open a poem or recipe, I got a message saying that I apparently needed Microsoft Word to access them. So today I got to thinking that even if I had to buy Word (for over $100) it would be worth it to salvage my poems. Thank goodness I found out I could have it for a one-month trial before I bought it, so I signed up for that. After about forty-five minutes of waiting for it to download, I went straight to my documents to see what would happen.
FAIL! At this point I got a message that I needed Word Perfect to view the files.
I went to the Corel website and downloaded their thirty-day free trial.
I should have looked over the website more thoroughly, though, because there is actually a free download that I'll get when my thirty day trial is over. I could have skipped the trial offer entirely.