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How to open Microsoft Word documents without Word

There are several ways of opening Word documents without having them installed on your device.

We are going to look at a few.

1.    Word Mobile

You can install Word Mobile from the store on Windows 10. However, you can only view but not edit the Word documents that you open here.

2.    OneDrive

OneDrive is a form of storage software that also allows collaboration. When you open OneDrive, you can upload a Word document and even edit it. Another advantage is the ability to share the uploaded document with other people. When you share this Word document, you have the option of either making them a viewer only or an editor.

3.    Google Drive

Open your Google Drive account on your phone, laptop, or desktop and upload the document. Then you can open it in Google Docs. This is a free feature.

4.    LibreOffice

This can be your substitute for Microsoft Word. You can both view and edit Microsoft Word documents here.

5.    Office.com

Open office.com on your laptop or desktop. On the Word icon, choose the ‘Select a Web App to create your document’ option.

The next step is signing into Microsoft SkyDrive. If you do not have an account, you have to create one.

Select ‘Add files.’ A file upload browser will appear on your screen, and you can now add the Word document from your computer. Office.com allows you to both view and edit your documents.

6.    Zoho Writer

Go to zoho.com in your Web browser. You can log in using several accounts like Facebook, Google, or Yahoo. If you do not have an account, you will have to create one.

Once you are logged in, click ‘File’ and choose ‘Import’ from the drop-down menu which appears. To navigate to the document you want to open, press ‘Browse.’

When you locate it, double-click it and choose import.

Is someone helping you review a paper you are writing but cannot physically assist you?

There is no need to hold several video calls to get the help you need. Simul Docs is here to assist you.

The first step is downloading Simul Docs then you can get started.

After writing your first draft in Microsoft Word, upload it to Simul Docs. This will automatically make it the first version. Now, another colleague can open it and make their edits. This will create another version different from the first.

Whenever another person opens a version and makes edits, a new version is created with the latest changes.

Sometimes, you might be in a rush and forget to turn on tracked changes so your modifications can be updated. You have nothing to worry about. Simul Docs automatically records these edits regardless of your online or offline status.

Since it is a collaboration, a bonus feature is the ability to add comments to the document. If you want a colleague to review the changes by a specific time, or any other instructions, you can let them know in the comment section.

Later on, these comments can be removed after your groupmates have seen and executed the instructions.

Simul Docs also gives the other person the option to either reject or accept changes you have made.

Additionally, you and your groupmates can work on the document at the same time. There’s no need to lay around waiting for someone else to make edits. You might do your part in time, and the last person ends up costing the group credit because they work slowly. You can save time by working on a document at once, and Simul Docs keeps each version separately.

Suppose another co-worker is supposed to include their input, but they do not have Simul Docs. Maybe they are not tech-savvy. All you have to do is download the document or forward it by email. Alternatively, you can upload it to any storage software like one drive, and once their changes have been made, they can forward it to you once again, and you can open it in Simul Docs.

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