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Microsoft Office Starter 2010

This free, cut-down version of Office includes basic versions of Word and Excel

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 24 November 2011
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Microsoft Office Starter 2010
This free, cut-down version of Office includes basic versions of Word and Excel

Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is a cut-down version of the package which displays ads, and only contains limited versions of Office and Excel. But by way of compensation you can use it free of charge and without a product key.

Setup is straightforward, with the tiny installer downloading and configuring all the necessary files for you. Once it's finished you'll find your Programs menu has a new "Microsoft Office Starter" group, with links to Excel and Word Starter 2010, as well as a few basic tools (Clip Organizer, Picture Manager and so on).

Launch Word Starter 2010 and, if you're familiar with the full package, you'll immediately notice that this version appears rather basic. It has fewer ribbon tabs, for instance (References, Review and View are all missing). The tabs that are on offer don't provide as many options: click Insert and there are no SmartArt, Bookmark, Cross Reference, Quick Parts or Equations sections. And as you use the program so you'll encounter other limitations: no table of contents feature in Word, for instance, and no PivotTables or password protection in Excel.

The programs also display ads next to your documents. These aren't too obtrusive, no distracting animations or anything like that, but the fact that a panel needs to be allocated to them at all means there's less space available to view your work.

Still, one interesting bonus here is the inclusion of Microsoft's "Office Starter To-Go Device Manager", which enables you to create a portable version of the suite which you can run on any convenient Vista or Windows 7 PC.

And, even cut down there's still more than enough functionality here for many people. So if you're looking for a capable free word processor and spreadsheet, and tools like OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice don't appeal, then Office Starter 2010 is well worth considering as an alternative.

Please note Office Starter 2010 will NOT work with Windows 8.

Verdict:

It has its limitations, but Office Starter 2010 still provides more than enough functionality to handle most basic word processing and spreadsheet needs

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product key...

Posted by: saga taskinen, 07 April 2014 15:36

I managed to accidentally destroy my original office starter and downloaded it again from here. It's working nicely, not asking the key. I think part of problem is, that if you hav't had already office on your computer, it ask the key. Just teory.

Posted by: Kafshiel, 01 January 2014 11:52

You don't have to use this software at all. If you look down from this article there are the free alternatives to MS Office. Kingsoft Office Free is an excellent alternative to MS and it's fully compatible with MS Office formats. You also have Libre Office or Open Office but Kingsoft is lighter, has a better looking and tidy Metro style interface and will open or create any MS Office format.

Keeps requesting product key

Posted by: ElleMay Hvam, 30 December 2013 08:13

I even uninstalled it and reinstalled it as administer and it's asking me for a product key which I can't find and it won't accept nothing/blank product key.

what am I doing wrong? I don't want to uninstall and reinstall it as that is useless.

Product Key?

Posted by: rachel koh, 02 December 2013 04:47

I opened a Microsoft Word document after installing this but the program prompted me to enter a 25-character product key

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