Documents and spreadsheets are two common methods of communicating information in our society. However, the most well-known programs for creating files of these types cost hundreds of dollars. If you are budget-conscious, or simply wish to create these types of documents without spending lots of money, you are in luck!
Things You Will Need* Computer
* Internet Access
* Optionally, a Google Account (such as a Gmail address).
Create Files Using Software Installed On Your PC
OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice.org is software that mimics much of the functionality of the popular retail business productivity applications. It provides software that allows word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It is well worth a look if you would prefer to have software installed on your machine. To use OpenOffice, download it from http://openoffice.bouncer.osuosl.org/?product=OpenOffice.org&os=winwjreâ©=en-US&version=3.1.1 and install it.
Create Files Using Software on the Internet
Google Docs - http://docs.google.com
Google Docs and Spreadsheets is an Internet-based suite of tools that allow you to create forms, documents, spreadsheets, etc on the Internet. The files you create are actually stored within your Google Account, and are edited via your Internet browser. There is nothing to install on your computer, and you can access these documents from any Internet-connected computer. Google Docs also allows you the option to download the files locally to your computer for use offline.
ZoHo Office Suite - http://www.zoho.comZoHo has a number of Internet-based full-featured business productivity applications. These all work similarly to Google Docs, in that your files reside "in the cloud" and you can work with the applications/files from any Internet-connected computer. There are applications for word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentations, etc.
As you can see, you have a few FREE options when it comes to business productivity tools. No longer will you need to spend hundreds of dollars to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.