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Microsoft Word for Windows

2021

Microsoft Corp(Paid)

User rating10

Microsoft Word: Word processing and document creation program

Word 2019 is a word processor developed by Microsoft. Word for Windows is part of the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly known as Office 365) but it can be downloaded independently. The client communication program offers more features to help you write your documents such as improved digital pen features, book-like page navigation, Learning tools, and translation. It also allows you to collaborate with other users in real-time. You will see their name and what changes they’ve made. 

Microsoft Word 2021 features

There is a reason this application is one of the most popular in its field. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Easy to Use: The interface got a facelift for simplicity, making your writing experience smoother.
  • Work Together in Real Time: If you opt for Microsoft 365, you can collaborate with others on documents in real time, making teamwork a breeze.
  • Better Editing Tools: Word 2021 comes with improved editing tools, like suggestions for grammar and style, enhancing your writing skills.
  • Cloud Connection: Save and access your documents effortlessly with integrated cloud storage options.
  • Use Anywhere, Anytime: Whether on a PC, Mac, tablet, or phone, Word 2021 lets you work seamlessly across devices, adding a touch of flexibility to your workflow.

Editing tools 

As an Office and News software provider, Microsoft wants to provide its users with tools to help them improve their ability to share and absorb information. The features are not exclusive to writers, but for those that draw illustrations and write equations as well. Learning Tools is Word’s collection of tools that will help with reading comprehension. It’s a set of five tools, namely Column Width, Page Color, Text Spacing, Syllables, and Read Aloud. 

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Read Aloud is an updated version of a previous Office Command - Speak. As the name suggests, the tool reads the text on the page for you. It appears as a small toolbar on the upper right corner of the text area. You can instruct it to fast forward, go back, pause, read louder, faster, etc. There is also a catalog of different voices that have a variety of accents. 

There is also an option for you to dictate the words you want to appear on the paper. Its similar to the Windows Speech Recognition (or Speech Services) feature except that the activity is under Word’s control. Once a red dot appears on the page, it means that the Dictate feature is active. You can dictate words, punctuation marks, new lines, and new paragraphs. This feature will help those that express themselves better through speech. 

Security 

Files created in Microsoft 365 can be embedded with programs and advanced macros. These are used to prevent repetitive sequences of automated keystrokes and mouse movements; however, it can also host viruses from emails, instant messaging applications, and USB flash drives. Word 2019 has a solution for this; it regulates the macros functions of a file. This means it limits the capabilities it can execute thus reducing the risk of a macro-based virus from entering your PC. 

Another feature you can use is the Password Protect. You can keep the contents of your file private with a password so only authorized can view it. Microsoft protects all its files with an Advanced Encryption Standard and a cryptographic hash function so your password can be converted into a 128-bit key. This ensures that your password can only be removed by you. It also slows down any attempt to view the file’s contents or source code. 

This preventative measure complements the program’s co-authoring feature. You can receive a Word document in an email. Your browser will detect that its a DOCX file and will prompt you to edit the file in your browser. Here you will see other users that are working on the same document and editing it online. All the changes that have been made to the file are recorded. As the author, it’s up to you to reject or accept the change. 

Is Microsoft 2021 free?

No, Microsoft Word 2021 is not a free. It comes with a price tag as it follows the traditional model of a one-time purchase. Whether you're on Windows or Mac, the full version 64-bit or 32-bit, there's no free download option available.

What is the difference between Microsoft Office and Office 365?

Think of Microsoft Office 2021 as a buy-it-once, use-it-forever deal. You pay a single upfront cost, and voila – you get access to Office apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on one computer. It works on both PCs and Macs. The only catch is that when the next big release comes along, you'll need to buy it at the full price; no upgrade options here.

Now, Microsoft 365 takes a different approach. It's a subscription, meaning you pay regularly. But in return, you get a package deal that includes the familiar Office desktop apps, plus some extras. These extras include online storage and features that let you collaborate on files in real time. The subscription ensures you always have the latest updates, fixes, and tech support at no extra cost. You can pay monthly or yearly, and the Family plan even lets you share with up to six people.

Essential word processing program 

Word 2019 is an important office application that can be used by all users. Its features make it a suitable tool for writers and officials to create lengthy documents. You can also record classified information are as your files remain safe under Word’s security features. The password and AES-128 encryption keeps unauthorized users from prying the file’s code, let alone view the file’s contents. 

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Technical

Title:
Microsoft Word 2021 for Windows
Requirements:
  • Windows 11,
  • Windows 10
Language:
English
Available languages:
  • English,
  • Arabic,
  • German,
  • Spanish,
  • French,
  • Italian,
  • Japanese,
  • Korean,
  • Dutch,
  • Polish,
  • Portuguese,
  • Russian,
  • Swedish,
  • Turkish,
  • Chinese
License:
Paid
Latest update:
Tuesday, December 12th 2023
Author:
Microsoft Corp

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Microsoft Word for PC

2021

Microsoft Corp(Paid)

User rating10

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