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Word Processor

A computer program allowing one to write, edit and format content. One writes the content and may either print it or save it in an electronic format. Word processors developed in the 1960s and were popularized in the 1970s and 1980s. Word processing was one of the first business uses for the personal computer.

word processor

a COMPUTER software program package designed for the manipulation of text. Word processors have dramatically improved the speed with which business documents can be produced by making the correction of errors or rearrangement of blocks of text easier.
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The IT department balked at spending thousands of dollars to replace the older personal computers, because the employees only used the spreadsheet and word processing programs stored on the hard drives often and didn't really need such powerful machines, Lewis said.
Although most word processing programs include a procedure for conversion to ASCII, at least two of the leading software packages, WordPerfect and Microsoft Word, can leave control codes embedded in the document after ASCII conversion.
Nearly all other commercial word processing programs meet practically all needs, with some programs uniquely suited for specific needs (such as writing chemical formulas, or editing comments from multiple reviewers).
Some attorneys do this with their own word processing programs, some use simple "form filler" software or Judicial Council forms, and others use software products with limited capabilities.
In case you didn't know, Corel is the company that bought WordPerfect, which makes one of the most popular word processing programs for the PC.
You can program your Web pages in several ways: by using HTML code or by using standalone editor programs that automatically generate HTML code or add-on packages for various word processing programs that create the special code.
But desktop publishing software (DTP) creates documents and designs layouts and graphics with far more options than word processing programs.
Accounting programs don't teach you accounting principles, word processing programs don't teach you writing and grammar skills, and contact management programs don't teach you how to prospect for customers.
For short texts, such as letters, they are reasonably fast, but for texts over 10 pages, microcomputers with word processing programs are much faster.
A wealth of PDA software on the market includes spreadsheets and word processing programs, and if the user selects a Garmin handheld, he can track GPS locations in a separate program," said Datastick CEO Penny Melrose.
A feature of many word processing programs is a dictionary and/or thesaurus.
Many popular accounting, spreadsheet, database and word processing programs can convert files configured in their formats for use in many other application programs.