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Free Alternatives to Microsoft Office (Excel and Word)


  • Some courses require tools such as Microsoft Excel.

  • Enlightium does not provide these resources for students, so families have a few options:

  • Order Microsoft Office and look for student discounts. Student ID cards are available from Enlightium, which may aid in students receiving a discount.

  • Use free and legal alternatives such as:

  • Google Sheets and Docs, which are available with a Gmail account

    • Pros:

      • Easy to use.

      • Works with all computers, laptops, and tablets

      • Offline access is available.

      • Document modifications are tracked and can be reverted back. to an older version.

    • Cons

      • Printing is difficult.

      • No advanced formatting options.

  • LibreOffice

    • Pros

      • Easy for beginners.

      • Free Licensing

    • Cons

      • No built-in grammar-checking tool.

  • Microsoft Office Online, a free browser-based version of Microsoft Office.
    • Pros: 
      • Free access to Word Online, Excel Online, and Powerpoint Online Collaborative editing Works will all computers, laptops, and tablets.

    • Cons:
      • Limited editing features.
      • Can only be used with an Internet connection.


  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of our teachers.

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