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WordPerfect Review

Corel WordPerfect’s word processing software is so feature-filled that it competes with any powerhouse word processor, such as Microsoft Word. WordPerfect has the ability to make professional-looking fax cover sheets, resumes, brochures, labels and more. It also has a built-in program to help with eBook publishing.

WordPerfect is actually part of a larger WordPerfect Office Suite, which includes software for word processing, spreadsheets and slideshow presentations. The Corel Reference Center gives you quick access to all the major components of the suite.

The software is fully customizable. Toolbars and menus can all be adjusted and placed where you like them. If you are a beginner looking for information on any features, the help feature includes an easy button-style menu that is clean, organized and very easy to use.

The interface has changed over the years, and experienced users of WordPerfect may prefer previous layouts. The software has a simulation mode that puts the tabs or buttons in the same place they would were in past versions of WordPerfect.

This application has the wide range of basic features you would expect from high-functioning word processing software. There are also more advanced features like the Application Launcher, the PerfectExpert menu, interactive PDF features, encryption and password protection, EPUB format support, mass mailing features, macro management, support for around 60 file types, HTML5 compatibility and an app.

The templates feature contains a long list of pre-made documents. All you have to do is fill in the text fields to create a professional-looking document. This saves time and frustration, especially if you are new to creating documents like brochures, labels and business cards. You can also insert scrapbook templates into documents. This feature lets you spiff up plain documents or create printable scrapbook pages on your computer.

The complete web integration of the software allows you to access online information without leaving the software window. This is an essential feature when you want to add up-to-date facts to reports and documents. WordPerfect's iFilter also lets you search your WordPerfect documents that are stored in a Microsoft SharePoint server.

WordPerfect word processing software is jam-packed with editing tools. The library of reference books includes the Oxford University Press Dictionary, a thesaurus, a grammar checker and a spell checker. The Prompt-as-You-Go feature allows you to see suggested spelling options while you type.

If you have used word processing software before, you are probably used to the idea of inserting clip art, graphs, tables and photos into your documents. WordPerfect puts a twist on this idea and allows you to draw your own graphics and insert them on the screen.

One unusual feature that can't be found anywhere else is WordPerfect's Redaction feature. You can conceal sensitive information in your documents by placing a black bar over the information. Other parties won't be able to see the information or remove the bars. Only you will know what's there.

You can save your document as just about any file format you can think of, including old-school software such as WordStar. It is also fully compatible with all Microsoft Word file formats.

The WordPerfect line of software is almost the perfect word processing software. You will appreciate the unique tools and its abundance of basic features. Plus, the fact that it’s compatible with Microsoft Word files means it can play nicely in nearly any home or office setting where you need to share documents.