How to Download Microsoft Word to your Computer

Level of difficulty: Easy

Microsoft Word is the official word processing program of Microsoft Corporation. This is included in the Microsoft Office productivity suite commercially available either from the Internet or can be bought via a CD installation package from computer shops. This program allows the user to create documents with the use of comprehensive writing tools assisted with templates and wizards including the additional option for printing or publishing directly to the Internet. The newest version of this word processing software includes a host of new utilities that support the publishing of blogs, integration with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and a shift from traditional text-based documents to XML-based formats for faster delivery of solutions for the creation of document management processes. Microsoft cautions computer users to be wary of websites that offer free downloading and installation of the word processing application because of the danger that these may be pirated versions of the software.

Materials Needed:
- Computer
- Web browser
- Internet connection
Step 1
When attempting to download the Microsoft Word program to the Windows or Mac OS-based computer system, it is important to choose the version that corresponds to the underlying Operating System of the machine. The initial step is to make sure that the target computer system meets the necessary requirements by launching the Web browser and going to the http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA101668651033.aspx website.
Step 2
Microsoft also presents a test drive version of the word processing application. This can be downloaded by going to the http://www.runaware.com/microsoft/en-us/2007office/td?action=launch_wizard website. From this site, click on the 'Launch Test Drive' button and follow the prompts to complete the wizard.
Step 3
An additional option is to download a free 60-day trial version of Microsoft Word. In the address bar of the Web browser, simply type the http://trial.trymicrosoftoffice.com/wwtrial/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepro&culture=en-GB and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the downloading process.
Step 4
Once completely installed, the application can be launched by clicking on the 'Start' button and choosing the 'All Programs' option.
Step 5
Click on the Microsoft Office category and select Microsoft Word. This will open the trial version. Be reminded that the application may fail to launch after the trial period.
Step 6
The main page provided by Microsoft for the downloading of the word processing software is at the http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/default.aspx website. This is part of the Microsoft Download center. Choose the option which best corresponds to your computer system architecture.
Step 7
By initiating the download process, select the target folder where the installation file will be saved.
Step 8
After completion of the download process, navigate to the folder where the installer was saved and double click on it. Remember to follow the program prompts to avoid any potential problems during the installation.
Step 9
Refer to Steps 4 and 5 to open the Microsoft Word program.


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