What Is a Word Processing Package?

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Word processing packages are software programs used to create, edit and view documents on a computer. Two popular word processors are Microsoft Word and Pages for Mac.

Microsoft Word is available for PC and Mac computers, tablets and phones. Numerous features allow users to make fine adjustments to documents, such as precisely positioning photos within a document that contains primarily written text. Other features help authors share documents with others.

Pages for Mac emphasizes helping users create attractive, polished documents. Writers who want to focus on their content can select from a variety of professionally designed templates. As is the case with Microsoft Word, features that enable sharing documents with others are incorporated into the software.