AbiWord is a lean yet full-featured word processor. It features a familiar-looking interface, basic character formatting, paragraph alignment, a spell checker, interactive rulers and tabs, styles, unlimited undo/redo, find and replace, and image support.
You'll find just about all the features you need, including the ability to cut and paste, highlight, and a bevy of common formatting tools. Although we did miss a grammar-checking utility, AbiWord can check your spelling in many languages--you'll need to choose the appropriate foreign language dictionaries during installation. A huge plus is the ability to open and save Microsoft Word documents, though the program also has its own proprietary file format.
With the text formatting options, choose any color you want and get black. Ignore the "Highlight" options; they don't work. You can't copy formating with the dropper icon; you fill it by copying TEXT into the CLIPBOARD. Changing formating definitions in the tools doesn't do anything. On some menus, options WITH check marks are UNselected, and the ones WITHOUT marks are SELECTED, but this doesn't apply to ALL menus. "Help" buttons are for looks. In the main menu, "Help" works by connecting to another s